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We create prosperity for North Carolina through our programs and partnerships.

On a Mission to Improve Education, Health and Economic Well-Being

As a technical and content support system for NC Cooperative Extension, our faculty and staff actively develop, deliver and evaluate extension-based outreach and engagement programs, helping families gain new skills and knowledge in order to improve their overall well-being.

Our educational programs address a wide spectrum of individual and family needs. Whether focused on health, nutrition and food safety or parenting, aging and human development, our outreach sustains our communities.

We also prepare the next generation of agricultural leaders to teach agriculture in schools and to become Extension agents, delivering programs and information to help communities prosper and to encourage agricultural advancement.

Over $40 Million for Vital Work

National and state organizations value our efforts by supporting us with multi-year financial commitments.

Improving Our Health

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Agriculture and Food

Extension offers a wealth of educational programs that address public health issues, improve economic well-being, and help people make healthier, better-informed decisions. Programs range from local foods, food safety, and food preservation to gardening and environmental efforts.

Improving Our Families

Happy Mom and Son

Healthy Families and Homes

Our mission is to improve the welfare of the family through programs that educate, influence public policy, and help families put research-based knowledge to work in their lives.

Enriching our Youth

4-H Youth Development

4-H is the largest youth development organization in North Carolina. Hundreds of thousands of young people learn the skills to succeed through 4-H educational programs and camps. NC State Extension and the Cooperative Extension Program at N.C. A&T State University conduct 4-H programs where youth learn by doing.

Training Tomorrow's Agents

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Cultivating Change Agents

Our Extension Education graduates hold jobs that include County Extension Directors, 4-H Agents, Livestock Agents, Crops Agents, Home Horticulture Agent and Family and Consumer Sciences Agent. We educate the Extension agents that work with NC State faculty and staff throughout the spectrum of innovation to deliver research-based solutions to local issues.