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NC State Extension transforms science into everyday solutions for North Carolinians through programs and partnerships focused on agriculture and food, health and nutrition, and 4-H youth development.

At NC State, what we Think and Do helps grow North Carolina.

Discover more about NC State Extension and how we work.

Employees can visit the Impacts section of the Brand Site for more resources.

Extension Still Grows North Carolina

Keeping farmworkers safe. Supporting overwhelmed parents and teachers. Nurturing a new wave of home gardeners and cooks. Helping restaurants reopen safely.
When COVID-19 hit, Extension continued to be there for our communities.

Discover how we’re still growing North Carolina.

Annual Report

NC State Extension Annual Report 2020-21 (Accessible PDF version)

Annual Impact Fact Sheet

2020-21 NC State Extension Annual Impact Fact Sheet CoverAnnual Impact Handout 2020-21 (Accessible PDF version)

4-H Impact Report

4-H Impacts Report (Summer/Fall 2020)

4-H Impacts Report (Fall/Winter 2019)

4-H Impacts Report (Spring 2019)

Extension's annual economic impact to North Carolina is $2.1 billion

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Extension is the largest non-formal educational outreach organization in the 17-campus UNC system.

  • 101 local centers – an office in every county and with the Eastern Band of Cherokee
  • 1,138 Extension professionals
  • 19,000+ educational programs
  • 3.1M annual visitors to Extension websites

Extension’s economic and functional impacts on the state are significant, with returns on Extension programming eclipsing the cost of operations many times over.

  • 27-to-1 return on annual government investments
  • $36M in annual tax revenue generated
  • $2.1B annual economic impact

Volunteers also play a key role in supporting our programs and helping us pursue local needs and opportunities. In 2020, Extension volunteers…

  • Contributed over 400,000 hours to assist in the delivery of Extension programs
  • Worked the equivalent of 240 full-time employees
  • Donated more than $11 million worth of time and services

NC State Extension creates a 27-to-1 return on investment for our government investments

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Cover of the 2019 NC State Extension Impacts Booklet
Extension Impacts Booklet (Print version)

Extension Impacts 1-Pager (2020)

Individual Impact Graphics

Download the Full Report
(TEConomy Partners)

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) at NC State University by the numbers impact sheet for 2020

CALS By the Numbers 2020

An icon graphic depicting a barn and silo to represent the agricultural efforts of NC State Extension.AGRICULTURE

An icon graphic depicting an apple in the shape of a heart with a hand imprint etched into it, representative of the food and nutrition efforts of NC State Extension.FOOD & NUTRITION

The 4-H clover logo represents the youth development efforts of NC State Extension.4-H YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
Extension keeps North Carolina’s $96 billion agriculture industry growing, connecting growers with research-based information and technology. We help people make healthier decisions, lower their risk of chronic disease and live better lives through programs from nutrition to local foods to food safety. Extension’s 4-H program addresses the diverse issues of today’s youth, helping to grow hundreds of thousands of youth into healthier, more involved citizens and future leaders.
14,641 educational activities offered
625,672 participants engaged in programs
92,219 Extension best management practices adopted by farmers
2,033 farms adopted regular use of PPE following program
1,394 educational
activities offered
491,275 participants engaged in programs
120,000 adults increased their fruit and vegetable consumption
2.1M pounds of local food donated to vulnerable populations
2,750 educational
activities offered
7.6M number of times youth participated in 4-H activities
60,110 youth gained
valuable knowledge in
STEM fields
12,423 youth gained career and employability skills

NC State Extension supports the $95.9 billion North Carolina agriculture industry by connecting growers with the research-based information and technology they need

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These videos are housed on YouTube for easier embedding on sites and sharing with audiences through presentations, events or email marketing efforts that showcase NC State Extension. To get the video link and access other sharing options, click the three stacked dots icon at the top right of each video player box, then select Share.

NC State Extension Pandemic Response Video | We Still Grow N.C.

NC State Extension Annual Impact Video 2019-20

We Are NC State Extension

We Are NC State Extension (Condensed ver.)

Find N.C. Cooperative Extension partnership videos.

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Agriculture is North Carolina’s largest industry, generating $95.9B annually while employing 17.5% of the state’s workforce of 4.5 million people.

The N.C. agriculture industry — including food, fiber and forestry — is the third most diverse agriculture economy in the country, with more than 90 crop varieties and a large animal agriculture presence.

  • 789,000 jobs
  • 46,200 farms
  • 8.4M farm acres
  • 85% of N.C. farms are family/individual operations
  • #8 in livestock cash receipts
  • #9 in all commodity cash receipts

N.C. Agriculture and Agribusiness Overview (1-Pager)

Extension Drives Rural North Carolina’s Economy

Extension’s statewide network of centers and partnerships uniquely position us to support North Carolina’s rural communities, where the majority of our food and agricultural products are produced. With local services in every county, we facilitate job creation, build sustainable agriculture and local food economies, promote access to education for rural youth, and help protect farmworkers while increasing farm profits.

Against the backdrop of a pandemic, the importance of Extension’s services in rural communities was magnified in 2020, as farmers and consumers alike relied on Extension’s guidance to navigate challenges created by COVID-19.

  • Extension provided educational services to more than 500K North Carolinians in rural counties
  • 478 new farms began selling into rural markets with Extension’s assistance
  • 73,008 crop producers adopted Extension best management practices (related to production, pest control, nutrient management and more)
  • 25,877 program participants increased their consumption of fruits and vegetables
  • 10,460 youth in rural areas gained key career and employability skills through Extension 4-H programs

Connecting Rural Communities

Red icon illustrating the globe to symbolize an internet networkExtension has upgraded 24 county centers – all in rural counties* – to broadband internet through the N.C. Research and Education Network (NCREN), one of the nation’s first statewide education and research communications networks.

As trusted hubs of knowledge in North Carolina communities, these Extension county centers are better equipped to promote access to 21st century solutions vital to growing our state’s rural economies.

*N.C. Rural Center-defined counties with an average population density of 250 people/sq. mi. or less

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