What does Cooperative Extension offer Vance County?

Jun. 01, 2013 @ 06:16 PM

  

Cooperative Extension is a partnership that began in 1914 when county, state and federal governments agreed that by joining together they could provide all citizens with access to the wealth of knowledge generated by public universities.

Today that partnership includes county governments working to solve local problems, a national network of land-grant universities including N.C. State and NC A&T State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture working together, we recognize that we achieve much more than we can alone.

Nationally, Cooperative Extension provides educational programming in five key areas:

• sustaining agriculture and forestry;

• protecting the environment;

• maintaining viable communities;

• developing responsible youth; and

• developing strong, healthy and safe families.

In our county centers across the state, county agents are the bridge between the state’s people and Extension specialists working at the state’s land-grant universities. Agents educate the public through meetings and workshops, field days, personal consultations, web- and video-conferencing. They also provide publications, newsletters, social media interaction, videos and other educational materials.

Vance County residents now have the expertise of all of the nation’s land-grant universities at their fingertips, thanks to a web tool offered by the Vance County Center of N.C. Cooperative Extension entitled Ask an Expert. Ask an Expert is a convenient avenue to research-based information from the nation’s land-grant universities.

To access Ask an Expert, county residents can visit the county Extension web site and click the Ask an Expert icon on the left panel of any page vance.ces.ncsu.edu/. They then can enter their questions and email addresses in the spaces provided and submit them. Their questions will be directed to Extension faculty members who have the appropriate expertise to provide accurate and timely responses.

Of course, residents who need information still are welcome to call or visit the county Extension center during normal business hours. We have an awesome team waiting to assist you with you local needs in the areas of agriculture, family and consumer sciences, 4-H youth development, and community and rural development. The Ask an Expert online resource just adds another avenue to our information and provides convenient access to Extension faculty.

The Vance County Center of N.C. Cooperative Extension extends to county residents the educational resources of N.C. State University and NC A&T State University. Both universities commit themselves to positive action to secure equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, religion, sex, age, or disability. In addition, the two Universities welcome all persons without regard to sexual orientation.

Search ces.ncsu.edu/ for more information.