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Write the Right Word: When to Capitalize Extension

When to capitalize “extension” may be confusing.

If you are referring to the organization NDSU Extension, capitalize. For example, “North Dakota State University Extension is hosting a sheep shearing clinic Sept. 23.” You need to capitalize the words because they are the proper name of the organization.

Also, use the organization’s complete name – North Dakota State University Extension – on first reference to the organization. Remember, we dropped “Service” from our name.

On future references to the organization in the same document, NDSU Extension or 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.”

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