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Welcome to NDSU Extension


You are joining one of the boldest and most successful non-formal educational partnerships in the world. NDSU Extension has a proud history in North Dakota dating back to 1914 when the Cooperative Extension Service came into being through the federal Smith-Lever Act.

What is Extension?

Looking back at the history of Extension, the Smith Lever Act of 1914 established a system of cooperative extension services, connected to the land-grant universities, in order to inform people about current developments in agriculture, home economics, and related subjects. Just as society has changed over the years, so has the Extension Service. In 1862 when the Morrill Act was signed by President Lincoln, 60% of all jobs were connected to agriculture. Today we find less than 2% of the population is engaged in agriculture. Because the Extension Service continues to adapt to the needs of its clientele, Extension will be relevant for years to come.

Our Mission

NDSU Extension's mission is to empower North Dakotans to improve their lives and communities through science-based education.

Core Values

Striving to provide North Dakotans with the help they need, we believe:

  • 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 collaborations

We also are committed to creating an inclusive and multicultural organization.

Our Partners

We partner with a number of agencies and organizations including:

  •   All 53 units of county government
  •   State agencies (Agriculture, Commerce, Health, Public Instruction, etc.)
  •   NDSU colleges and N.D. Agricultural Experiment Station
  •   The federal government, primarily the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture
  •   Commodity and non-profit organizations
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