College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences

About Extension

The North Carolina A&T Cooperative Extension Program provides research-based educational programs and information regarding critical issues to individuals, families and communities across our state.

What we do

A&T Cooperative Extension Program utilizes an array of information delivery systems - ranging from such time-tested techniques as on-farm demonstrations and one-on-one instruction, to cutting-edge methods like interactive videoconferencing and online computer-assisted training.

North Carolina Cooperative Extension has a federal mandate to focus its educational programs and outreaches on individuals and families without the financial resources and educational backgrounds mainstream American enjoys. Extension outreach focuses on five major areas:

  • Sustaining Agriculture and Forestry
  • Protecting the Environment
  • Maintaining Viable Communities
  • Developing Responsible Youth
  • Developing Strong, Healthy and Safe Families

Several of North Carolina A&T Extension's programs have gained regional, national and international recognition for their success in addressing the critical needs of individuals, families and communities with limited resources.

Learn more about Programs for People.

Who we are

Extension specialists on campus provide training and technical assistance to Extension agents and paraprofessionals working in counties across North Carolina. These county personnel work one-on-one with the families and individuals in the various programs.

Where we came from

Since the First Morrill Act of 1862 authorized the establishment of a land-grant institution in each state to educate citizens in agriculture, home economics, mechanical arts, and other practical professions, land-grant institutions have played an important part in improving the quality of life for millions of Americans.

The 1890 Land-Grant Institutions, like North Carolina A&T State University, were created as a result of the Second Morrill Act of 1890, which expanded the system of land-grant universities to include an historically black institution in those states where segregation denied minorities access to the land-grant institution established in 1862.