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 ...
Once upon a time in America…   1918 – Smith-Lever    Extension Act passed –    tied to state land grant    institution  ...
Land Grant Universities and Extension   All universities engage in    research and teaching   Uniquely, all 100 land gra...
Extension’s role   Extension “extends” the university    resources to solve public needs    through non-formal, non-credi...
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 Cente...
The LSU Ag Center Partnership   Research and    Extension faculty    have to work    hand-in-hand to    improve the lives...
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    educationa...
Extension Facts and Characteristics   Created by law              Broad field of work   Agency of                   Fr...
Extension Facts and Characteristics   No fixed              More practical    curriculum             than theoretical  ...
How we serve Louisianians –    Extension Roles   Statewide service       State Specialists       Administrators   64 c...
Role of clerical staff. . .   Refer Extension clients to    appropriate agents or specialists     Answer    phone     1...
Role of Extension Agents   Provide local leadership in    program area   Provide local situation data   Seek local inpu...
Role of Specialists . . .   Provide state leadership in    area of expertise   Provide state situational    data   Deve...
Role of administrators . . .   Provide organizational leadership in:       Developing organizational objectives       P...
The Heart of Extension           Education
My hope for our international visitors      That you can see possibilities of our       Extension experience for you and ...
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  • Almost 90 years ago the US Congress created the Extension system Purpose – to address rural agricultural issues
  • LSU AgCenter's Cooperative Extension Service

    1. 1. The LSU AgCenter’sCooperative Extension ServiceByDr. Rebecca WhiteLSU Ag Center
    2. 2. 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
    3. 3. 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
    4. 4. 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
    5. 5. Extension’s role Extension “extends” the university resources to solve public needs through non-formal, non-credit programs
    6. 6. LSU Ag Center Complex Multi-faceted State wide reach & beyond One of 10 LSU campuses
    7. 7. 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
    8. 8. The LSU Ag Center Partnership Research and Extension faculty have to work hand-in-hand to improve the lives of Louisiana citizens
    9. 9. Role of Research Create new knowledge
    10. 10. Role of Extension Provide useful, research-based information to citizens
    11. 11. 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.
    12. 12. 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
    13. 13. 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
    14. 14. How we serve Louisianians – Extension Roles Statewide service  State Specialists  Administrators 64 county locations Local Staff include  Clerical Staff  Parish Agents
    15. 15. 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
    16. 16. 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
    17. 17. 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
    18. 18. 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
    19. 19. The Heart of Extension Education
    20. 20. 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

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