University of Kentucky College of Agriculture

What is Cooperative Extension?


In 2014, we celebrate the Smith-Lever Act, which established the Cooperative Extension Service, a unique educational partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the nation’s land-grant universities that extends research-based knowledge through a state-by-state network of extension educators. For 100 years, the Smith-Lever Act has stimulated innovative research and vital educational programs for youth and adults through progressive information delivery systems that improved lives and shaped a nation. Join us as we celebrate 100 years of extending knowledge and changing lives. 


View this history of Extension.   




About Us
Kentucky’s two land-grant universities, the University of Kentucky and Kentucky State University, serve as partners in conducting educational programs through Cooperative Extension. The program delivery process involves Extension faculty, county agents, advisory council members, volunteer leaders and the general public.


Kentucky Cooperative Extension is the educational resource for all Kentuckians that serves as a catalyst to build better communities and improve quality of life.


Kentucky Cooperative Extension serves as a link between the counties of the Commonwealth and the state’s land grant universities to help people improve their lives through an educational process focusing on their issues and needs. We emphasize:

  • Valuing diversity and capitalizing on its potential to strengthen programs;
  • Being locally-driven, flexible, and responsive;
  • Identifying and supporting high priority statewide programming thrusts;
  • Educating people to solve problems, make decisions, and embrace change;
  • Applying knowledge and research-based information;
  • Accomplishing work through collaboration, volunteerism, and leadership development;
  • Fostering an empowered and contributing people;
  • Developing youth, adults, families, and communities;
  • Fostering effective lifelong use of personal and natural resources.



Did You Know These Facts about Extension?



  • The 4-H Reality Stores and Dollars and Cents programs conducted in Campbell County Schools involved over 1300 youth in personal/family financial issues and situations. 
  • 362 Campbell County campers/teens/adults attended resident 4-H Camp, and 73 Campbell County youth participated in the 2009 4-H Horse Camp in the summer of 2009. 
  • 585 Campbell County students were reached with 4-H Science Engineering and Technology (S.E.T.) programs.
  • Since the Environmental Assistant started in August, over 2500 people have visited the Environmental Education Center.
  • Fifty six teens have been court mandated to In the Driver’s Seat between 2006-2008, and 73% of these have not repeated their driving offenses.
  • Fifteen children (ages 6-8) and their parents attend and graduate the Mommy & Me…in the Garden and Kitchen program each year at the CCEC.
  • An estimated 1,500 individuals attended the July 18, Backroads Farm Tour.
  • 54 individuals participated in the 3 day Indiana and Illinois Beef/Forage Tour.
  • This past year, DJ Scully made 105 property visits about tree care (arboriculture) issues.
  • Starting January 2, Elizabeth Clay will provide Fireside Chats for children at the E.E.C., Wed.-Sun., 10:00 a.m.


Community Outreach

  • 450 participants and 30 collaborators participated in the Second Sunday health event in Newport, Kentucky.
  • Four Enabled Gardener programs have been established in Campbell County to involve at-risk teens, mentally and physically-challenged adults, and senior citizens in the positive elements of gardening.
  • 100 preschool children participated at 4 daycares in LEAP, a literacy program which focuses on nutrition and activity.
  • A new Farmer’s Market opened in Campbell County this year to service customers looking for organic produce, eggs, and meats.
  • Campbell County Beef producers are organizing a freezer beef niche marketing program that will direct market locally grown beef to consumers.
  • Students at Brighton Center for employment training participated in “Small Steps to Health and Wealth,” a program about nutrition, exercise, and financial management, along with completing educational goals at the Center.



  • 30 individuals completed the Master Gardener program and returned 1,010 volunteer hours in The Lakeside Commons Educational Gardens.
  • Through the Color in the Communities grant program, communities, individuals, and partners volunteered approximately 500 hours of their time valued at $10,000.
  • The Campbell County Homemakers donated 35,020 volunteer service hours this year, valued at $709,155. 
  • Over 50 volunteers (teens and adults) gave their time and energy at 4-H camp supervising campers and teaching classes.
  • 50 community partners and volunteers have contributed 270 hours to the Teens On Wheels and In the Driver’s Seat programs in one year
  • Over 80 volunteers assisted with the 4-H Reality Stores and 4-H Dollars & Sense programs. Volunteers consisted of parents, business owners, students, and others.
  • In April, 200 people volunteered a total of 400 hours of time valued at $8000 to plant 1500 native tree seedlings during an Arbor Day event sponsored by the Extension Service, Larfarge, Bluegrass Lawn and Landscaping, and St. Anne Convent.
  • 347 adult and teen volunteers were involved in 4-H programs in 2009.
  • 12 farm families hosted the Backroads Farm Tour.
  • 5 Cattle Association Board of Directors volunteered to teach at the Grow It, Eat It, Wear It program.

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