Randolph County Celebrates 100 Years of Extension
North Carolina Cooperative Extension celebrates 100 years next month! You know I have something to say about most everything. So here are my thoughts on North Carolina Cooperative Extension today and Happy Birthday and cheers to 100 more.
Today, Cooperative Extension programs in North Carolina are based in all 100 counties and on the Qualla Boundary of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians. Our programs draw on research-based knowledge from the state’s two land-grant universities — N.C. State University and N.C. Agricultural and Technical State University – to provide education to citizens.
Today, Cooperative Extension is in classrooms and in boardrooms. We are on goat farms and on Google chat. We are in science labs and on front lawns. We are on social media and at senior centers. Today Cooperative Extension can pick up the pieces and put down roots. We teach financial planning for a rainy day and best farm practices for an ensuing drought. We educate and we elevate. Today Cooperative Extension can be found on newly formed farms and serving families for generations. We build relationships and tear down barriers. We work with 9 year olds who are showing cows for the first time and 95 year olds who are now left cooking for one. Today Cooperative Extension is camping and celebrating cultural differences. We are in churches and in chat rooms. Today Cooperative Extension is working with at-risk youth on how to balance their checking account and we are working with the local farmer on best practice to feed out their livestock. We are standing in front of 4-H youth to point out opportunities to learn by doing, we are standing beside the start up business person to give them support and we are standing behind the steadfast farmer to back him up every step of the way. We are constant servants to the people of this county and curious students learning the most correct and latest research. We are sharing ideas for healthy choices as well as ideas to heal fruit trees. Today Cooperative Extension teaches farm safety and fiscal responsibility. We conserve and we collect. We are invited to the table for conversations with elected government officials and the local garden club.
Today Cooperative Extension is the great communicator.
Today Cooperative Extension shares proven research that will build the tomorrows for this community.