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
The University of Idaho, Idaho’s “land-grant university,” and its College of Agricultural and Life Sciences demonstrate the breadth and reach of the land-grant university’s teaching, research and extension mission.
UI Extension, Bonneville County office
In cooperation with Bonneville County, the University of Idaho employs a full-time Agriculture Educator, a 4-H Educator to lead the 4-H Youth Development program and a part-time Family Consumer Science Facilitator for Bonneville County. Bonneville County supports UI Extension by providing a full-time Extension Secretary to staff the office and a full-time 4-H Secretary and a part-time Horticulture Aide.
Clientele receive research-based information through classes, one-on-one contacts, telephone contacts, website resources, office visits, media visibility, and newsletters.
The UI Extension, Bonneville County office also supports the activities of the Bonneville County Fair Board.
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