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Our Mission

North Carolina Cooperative Extension partners with communities to deliver education and technology that enrich the lives, land and economy of North Carolinians.

La Extensión Cooperativa de Carolina del Norte se asocia con las comunidades para ofrecer educación y tecnología que enriquecen la vida de los habitantes, la tierra y la economía de Carolina del Norte.

What is Cooperative Extension in North Carolina?

The North Carolina Cooperative Extension is a partnership involving the United States Department of Agriculture, state and county governments, and our two land grant universities: North Carolina State University in Raleigh and North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro. Its mission is to help people improve their lives through an educational process that uses scientific knowledge based on issues and needs.

The Cooperative Extension helps people gain new knowledge and put it to work in agriculture and natural resources, home economics, 4-H and youth development, and community and rural development. These programs help people identify problems and find solutions to improve their homes, families, farms, businesses and communities.

The Cooperative Extension provides useful, research-based information and non-formal learning opportunities. This information is available to all North Carolinians through extension agents and staff in each county and with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. County personnel are supported by a staff of subject matter specialists at both universities.

How Can Extension Help You?

Extension agents and staff members are there to help you by providing information and non-formal learning opportunities. A wide variety of programs are offered for urban and rural residents; youth of all ages; individuals; traditional and non-traditional families.

Here is how you can participate:

  • Seminars
  • Computer Programs
  • Tours
  • Consultations
  • Classes
  • Demonstrations
  • Field Days & Expos
  • Camps
  • Fairs
  • Soil Testing
  • Pressure Canner Testing
  • Newsletters
  • Radio Programs
  • Work Site Programs
  • Telephone Contacts
  • Office Visits
  • Videos
  • Newspapers
  • Publications
  • Workshops
  • 4-H Clubs
  • Financial Analysis for Home & Business
  • Extension Homemakers
  • Commodity Groups
  • After School Programs

Listed below are examples of programs available through the Person County Center.

  • Hazardous Household Waste
  • Child and Elder Care
  • Financial Management
  • Pesticide Safety
  • Commodity Programs
  • Landscape Management
  • Livestock Management
  • Self Esteem Building
  • Environmental Awareness
  • 4-H Camps & Teen Retreats
  • Youth Enrichment Services
  • Parenting Groups
  • In-home Parenting Visits
  • School Enrichment
  • Poster Contests
  • Day Care Certification
  • Food Safety
  • Vegetable Gardening
  • Horse Management Series
  • Health, Food & Nutrition
  • Waste Reduction Practices
  • Housing
  • Volunteerism
  • Leadership Development
  • Aging With Gusto Partners In Wellness
  • Give Your Heart A Healthy Beat
  • Child Development 0-5 years of age

Today’s Cooperative Extension

In response to current social, economic and environmental issues, the Cooperative Extension has developed nine initiative programs that focus on practical resolutions for today’s North Carolinians.

  • Alternative Income Opportunities
  • Environment & Conservation of Natural Resources
  • Families in Crisis
  • Food Safety & Quality
  • Health & Human Safety
  • Rural Revitalization
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Water Quality – Waste Management
  • Youth at Risk

Through these programs Cooperative Extension is projecting a North Carolina with:

  • A productive & profitable agriculture;
  • A protected and enhanced environment;
  • Stable communities;
  • Responsible youth; and
  • Strengthened families.