We help people find practical solutions to problems specific to living in Florida. In fact, people find Extension so valuable, that we are the largest adult education and youth development organization in the world.
In 1914 Congress established the Extension Service to provide a means for disseminating and implementing research-based information from land-grant universities. The University of Florida, a land-grant university, is part of the transfer of knowledge to the people of Florida.
This "transfer of knowledge" is facilitated by faculty that are located in each of Florida's 67 counties. We also have 18 research centers across the state, in addtion to the campus in Gainesville. This partnership between counties and the university is the heart of the Extension Service mission and enables the university to extend its knowledge base to each community.
The mission of extending and "putting to work" research-based information for the people of Florida has not changed, however the information and delivery methods have enormously improved. The driving force for these information delivery methods are the needs of citizens in each county.
County extension faculty develop educational programs based on priority issues determined by their urban and commercial customers or citizens. These priority issues form the basis for major educational programs that are conducted statewide. Information is delivered by satellite courses, computer software, seminars, video presentations, world wide web, or by traditional workshop and print medium. Our clients participate in classes statewide and implement new information in their businesses, homes and communities.
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