N.C. Cooperative Extension Empowering People, Cultivating Relationships, Changing Lives

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Sharing the knowledge generated through research remains the goal of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension. 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. 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 NC 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 N.C. Cooperative Extension in Franklin County 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 Farm-City Celebration was held at First Fruits Farm with Jason Brown as the keynote speaker. The focus of this year’s program was “Faith, Family, Farm” and how the agriculture community can assist with food insecurity.

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.

We hope you visit and utilize your local N.C. Cooperative Extension of Franklin County office at 103 South Bickett Blvd. Louisburg, NC. You can also reach us at 919-496-3344 and on our Facebook page.