What is extension?
The Extension System was created by the U.S. Congress in 1892 to address the education of the average citizen. The Morrill Act was later passed and provided each state with a university to educate citizens in agricultural and mechanical fields. These colleges are known today as “land-grant universities” and provide a non-formal educational program designed to help people use research-based knowledge to improve their lives.
In most states, education is offered in the following areas: agriculture and food, home and family, the environment, community economic development, and youth and 4-H. Extension Educators help farmers grow crops, homeowners plan and maintain their homes, and children learn skills to become tomorrow’s leaders.
Idaho’s “land-grant university”, the University of Idaho, and its College of Agricultural and Life Sciences demonstrate the breadth and reach of the land-grant university’s teaching, research and extension mission.
The UI Extension, Bannock County office
In cooperation with Bannock County, the University of Idaho employs three Extension faculty; one 4-H/Youth Development Educator, one FCS Educator and one part-time Educator at 40 percent FTE in Horticulture. Eat Smart Idaho also has one coordinator supervising the 10 nutrition advisors that teach the program in the area. UI employs one half-time Eat Smart Idaho administrative assistant and one evaluation specialist.
In cooperation with the University of Idaho, Bannock County employs one full-time Sr. Administrative Assistant – Office Manager, one full-time Administrative Assistant – 4-H Secretary; one half-time Horticultural Service Assistant and one half-time 4-H Service Assistant. Clientele receive research-based information through classes, one-on-one contacts, telephone contacts, website resources, office visits, media visibility, and newsletters.
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