College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Cooperative Extension helps farmers diversify their traditional farms and begin new enterprises, offering new and innovative ways to grow food. Our primary audience is those farmers who are just beginning, those who are underserved, and those with small-scale acreage.

Extension conducts field days, tours, meetings and conferences to deliver the latest information on farming practices and technologies, agricultural business management, natural resource conservation, food safety and gardening. We also develop and deliver programs in community-based, local food systems.

Agriculture and Natural Resources staff strive to:

  • Provide county-based Extension staff with educational resources for small-scale producers and/or beginning farmers.
  • Identify crops and alternative livestock enterprises with the potential to increase farm income.
  • Participate in creating community-based, local food systems and help producers become successful in those systems.
  • Demonstrate technologies and management practices that extend the growing season and protect public health through the use of good agricultural practices.
  • Provide growers with information that will help them safely implement best practices for and environmental stewardship of small farms and gardens.
  • Increase food security.
  • Provide information for woodlot and forest owners to manage their investment wisely.