Cooperative Extension Empowering People, Cultivating Relationships, Changing Lives

— Written By and last updated by Margaret Green

Sharing the knowledge generated through research remains the goal of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service. N.C. Cooperative Extension has a long, proud tradition of serving the citizens and communities of North Carolina. Formally established in 1914, the Extension Service is a partnership of county, state and federal governments. This year Cooperative Extension has achieved 100 years of helping citizens nationwide. Throughout its history, it has focused on providing people with learning opportunities that allow them to benefit from research-based knowledge.

In 1862 the Federal Morrill Act provided funds from the sale of public lands to establish colleges for teaching agriculture and mechanical arts. In North Carolina, the funds helped finance what is now known as North Carolina State University, founded in 1887. The Second Morrill Act, passed in 1890, extended the benefits of the original act to the black population of 16 Southern states. As a result, North Carolina A&T State University was established.

The North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service has its headquarters at N.C. State University. The service and its partners — North Carolina A&T State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and state and county governments — compose a dynamic system for North Carolina.

Extension specialists and researchers at both universities provide technical training and support for Extension’s field faculty. The field faculty — the bridge between the state’s land-grant colleges and its citizens — are based in Extension centers in each of North Carolina’s 100 counties and on the Cherokee Reservation. Each county’s field faculty members design programs that focus on local needs. Often these programs enhance the work of other local, state and federal agencies and grassroots organizations that have joined with Extension to improve the quality of life in North Carolina.

Each year Franklin County Cooperative Extension celebrates Farm City Week to build relationships between urban and rural partners. Since 1955, the National Farm-City Week Council has supported educational programming such as banquets, tours or field days to build interdependence between rural and urban citizens. This year the Franklin County celebration was held at the Vollmer Farm with a focus on local foods. North Carolinians spend about $35 billion a year on food. If individuals spent 10 percent—$1.05 per day—locally, about $3.5 billion would be available in the local economy. Take time to visit the 10% campaign website and learn more about local foods

During this holiday season take time to think about and show appreciation for the farmers, ranchers, processors, truck drivers, retailers, and others who work so hard to supply you with food and fiber. We would like to say thank you to all of those involved in getting the food from the farm to the table so we can enjoy this great bounty. The week of Nov. 21-27, 2014 has been designated as National Farm City Week.

Feel free to visit your local Franklin County Cooperative Extension Office at 103 South Bickett Blvd. Louisburg, NC. You can also reach us at 919-496-3344.

Cooperative Extension Director

Franklin County