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Write the Right Word: When to Capitalize Extension

Don’t be confused about when to capitalize “extension.”

If you are referring to the organization, capitalize. For example, “The NDSU Extension Service is hosting a sheep shearing clinic Sept. 23.” The reason for capitalizing the words is that they are the proper name of the organization.

Also, use the organization's complete name – North Dakota State University Extension Service – on first reference to the organization.

On future references to the organization in the same document, Extension is OK, but be sure to capitalize it. That’s to distinguish the organization from the generic “extension.” For example, “Presenters for the workshop will include Extension livestock specialists.”

Ellen Crawford, Information Specialist, (701) 231-5391

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