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LSU AgCenter's Cooperative Extension Service

LSU AgCenter's Cooperative Extension Service



Presentation to delegation of visiting agricultural professionals from Ukraine.

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  • Almost 90 years ago the US Congress created the Extension system Purpose – to address rural agricultural issues

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  • The LSU AgCenter’sCooperative Extension ServiceByDr. Rebecca WhiteLSU Ag Center
  • Once upon a time in America… 1862 - States awarded land to establish agriculture and mechanical colleges 1887 – Hatch Act – established Agriculture Research Stations for each state – tied to state land grant institution LSU is Louisiana’s 1862 land grant institution
  • Once upon a time in America… 1918 – Smith-Lever Extension Act passed – tied to state land grant institution 1925-45 - Basic research done in land-grant colleges laid groundwork second agricultural revolution in US 1941 – Extension agents working in every county in US
  • Land Grant Universities and Extension All universities engage in research and teaching Uniquely, all 100 land grant universities in the US engage in teaching, research and extension Extension means “reaching out” with the resources of the land grant university
  • Extension’s role Extension “extends” the university resources to solve public needs through non-formal, non-credit programs
  • LSU Ag Center Complex Multi-faceted State wide reach & beyond One of 10 LSU campuses
  • Brief LSU Ag Center History Separated from the LSU College of Agriculture in 1972 and established as LSU Ag Center Two-fold purpose  Research  Extension  International Programs
  • The LSU Ag Center Partnership Research and Extension faculty have to work hand-in-hand to improve the lives of Louisiana citizens
  • Role of Research Create new knowledge
  • Role of Extension Provide useful, research-based information to citizens
  • LA Cooperative Extension ServiceMission To help the people of Louisiana improve their lives through an educational process which uses research-based knowledge focused on issues and needs.
  • Extension Facts and Characteristics Created by law  Broad field of work Agency of  Free to develop government educational Cooperation - federal, programs based on state & local needs government  Variety of methods Values people more  Works with all than things family members Voluntary  Promotes volunteerism
  • Extension Facts and Characteristics No fixed  More practical curriculum than theoretical No degrees or  Based on research diplomas awarded  Promotes problem Informal solving Homes, farms &  Promotes community sites knowledge gain are classrooms and behavior Large audience change
  • How we serve Louisianians – Extension Roles Statewide service  State Specialists  Administrators 64 county locations Local Staff include  Clerical Staff  Parish Agents
  • Role of clerical staff. . . Refer Extension clients to appropriate agents or specialists  Answer phone  1st to greet those who come to office Assist agents, specialists & administrators with  Educational materials  Other office work
  • Role of Extension Agents Provide local leadership in program area Provide local situation data Seek local input on programming priorities Conduct educational programs based on identified needs and issues Prepare parish reports Public relations Respond to questions for assistance
  • Role of Specialists . . . Provide state leadership in area of expertise Provide state situational data Develop educational curriculums Provide in-service training Provide technical support for agents Coordinate evaluations Prepare state program reports Respond to requests for information
  • Role of administrators . . . Provide organizational leadership in:  Developing organizational objectives  Policies and operating procedures  Staffing  Securing resources  Overall organizational planning  Educational program planning  Reporting External public relations
  • The Heart of Extension Education
  • My hope for our international visitors  That you can see possibilities of our Extension experience for you and your country in a new light, in a new way