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NDSU Extension. We extend education to North Dakota residents of all ages and walks of life. You’ll find us at work in your county, at Research Extension Centers and at the main campus of North Dakota State University. As North Dakotans work to improve their lives, we’re there to help. Our efforts have a special emphasis on strengthening agriculture and developing the potential of youth, adults and communities. Our efforts are funded by county, state and federal government, and grants and contracts.

We have a rich history of extending North Dakota’s land-grant university. Federal legislation established Extension in 1914, but years before that our predecessors were extending education through lectures, institutes, tours, fairs and demonstrations.

... that through Extension’s help
“men and women may develop within
themselves the ability to bring
about a better condition in the community.”

Thomas Cooper,
North Dakota’s first Extension director


Empower North Dakotans to improve their lives and communities through science-based education

NDSU Extension believes:

  • In lifelong learning through transformational education
  • That all people belong and deserve respect
  • In stakeholder input to guide program development
  • In science-based, locally relevant information
  • In the value of partners and collaboration


  • Leadership and Civic Engagement
  • Livestock Management
  • Farm Business Management
  • Crop Management
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Personal and Family Finance
  • 4-H Youth Development
  • Human Development and Family Science
  • Nutrition, Food Safety and Health
  • Horticulture and Forestry


  • NDSU Extension is committed to meeting the educational needs of North Dakotans. The organization keeps a pulse on statewide needs through its Citizen Advisory Council (CAC).The CAC provides feedback and perspective to Extension administration by serving as the eyes and ears of Extension’s diverse clientele in communities throughout North Dakota. (Learn more about the CAC here.)
  • Every NDSU Extension county office has a county advisory committee or other form of local input. In addition, most have a 4-H advisory council. These local citizens help to guide and support NDSU Extension staff and the local programs delivered.
  • As a state organization, NDSU Extension conducts community listening sessions in different communities across the state every five years. The most current series of forums were held in 13 communities in 2015, and input was provided that guides overall Extension program planning today. (See 2015 report here.)
  • Not all counties employ local agents to deliver programs in all three of the main program areas (agriculture and natural resources, family and community wellness and 4-H youth development) or 10 program priorities listed above. Each county is unique in its staffing and key programs based on local needs and funding available for Extension.
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