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Published October 15, 2012, 10:03 AM

More than agriculture

The Cooperative Extension Service, through approximately 2,900 offices nationwide, works in six major areas.

By: Jonathan Knutson, Agweek

The Cooperative Extension Service, through approximately 2,900 offices nationwide, works in six major areas. They are:

•4-H youth development. Young people learn about science, math, social skills and more through hands-on projects and activities.

•Agriculture. Research and educational programs help individuals learn new ways to produce income from

agriculture and help farmers and ranchers increase productivity.

•Leadership development. Volunteers and extension service professionals are trained to deliver programs such as gardening and 4-H youth development, and to serve in leadership roles in their communities.

•Natural resources. Landowners and homeowners are taught how to use natural resources wisely and protect the environment. Examples include composting and recycling.

•Family and consumer sciences. Families become resilient and healthy by learning more about nutrition, financial management and health care strategies, among other things.

•Community and economic development. This involves helping local government investigate and create viable options for development, including improved job creation and retention, solid waste development and land-use planning.

— U.S. Department of Agriculture

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