College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences

About Us

Cooperative Extension is the educational outreach arm of the nation’s land-grant universities. North Carolina A&T State University was established as a land-grant university under the Second Morrill Act of 1890, which expanded the land grand system to better serve minority communities. Cooperative Extension was established in 1914 and works as an integrated, nationwide educational and outreach network that improves lives – particularly in rural areas – by working with farmers, families, youth and communities. Cooperative Extension at N.C. A&T works with people who face barriers to upward mobility, including small farmers as well as rural and minority communities. 

Cooperative Extension at N.C. A&T includes campus-based specialists and staff in counties across North Carolina. We work closely with partners at North Carolina State University NC State Extension, county and local governments, and national partners such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  We involve community leaders, farmers, and other interested community members in our Strategic Planning Council, our Small Farms Task Force, and county-based advisory boards. We also work with Extension advocates who help us identify needs and emerging issues.