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What we do

UI Extension, Butte County, is a partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the University of Idaho and Butte County. We provide youth and adults with informal out-of-school educational opportunities built on research-based information that focuses on agriculture, community and economic development, home horticulture and youth development, all based on community needs.

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Agriculture and Farm Management

Agriculture is the backbone of the local economy. Helping farm and ranch operators find answers to their technical and management problems helps build the economy of the county and the region.

4-H Youth Development

The 4-H motto is “To make the best better” and the slogan is “Learn by doing”. 4-H members learn about a wide variety of subjects, from livestock to robotics, in a hands-on learning environment. Youth have the opportunity to participate in short term projects, day camps, overnight camps, and week-long project camps. The 4-H project year culminates in the Butte County Fair held in August.

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Rural Community and Economic Development

Rural communities everywhere face serious economic challenges to their existence. We focus on cooperating with community and economic development organizations and others interested in helping local agricultural to help local commercial business prosper. These partnerships help develop new businesses that export their goods and services from the county and help grow the local economy. Our office is located in the Arco Butte Business Incubation Center.

Idaho Master Gardener Program
Idaho Master Gardener Program

People are increasingly interested in beautiful and productive gardens in the challenging environmental conditions of central Idaho. UI Extension helps solve their problems with trained Idaho Master Gardener volunteers as well as direct consultations, supporting community gardening and education opportunities.

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Classes and Workshops

A variety of classes and workshops are offered in livestock production, forage and cereal production, farm management, leadership, horticulture, food preservation, pesticide stewardship, weed management and more. Look for class offerings on this website, local newspaper, community blogs and Facebook pages.