Cooperative Extension – We Grow North Carolina

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Cooperative Extension – We Grow North Carolina Through Education and Research

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. 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 transforms science into everyday solutions for North Carolinians in all 100 counties and the Eastern Band of Cherokee through programs and partnerships focused on agriculture and food, health and nutrition, and 4-H youth development.

Each year N.C. Cooperative Extension, Franklin County Center 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 N.C. Cooperative Extension of Franklin County opted to not gather these partners together once again due to Covid.

However,  you can view a short video of what Farm-City Week means to North Carolina.

Celebrating Farm-City Week Across North Carolina

According to the USDA, “In 2019, 22.2 million full and part-time jobs were related to the agricultural and food sectors,10.9 percent of the total U.S. employment. Direct on-farm employment accounted for about 2.6 million of these jobs, or 1.3 percent of U.S. employment. Employment in agriculture and food-related industries supported another 19.6 million jobs. Of this, food service, eating, and drinking places accounted for the largest share, 13.0 million jobs-and food/beverage stores supported 3.2 million jobs. The remaining agriculture-related industries together added another 3.4 million jobs.” Therefore, 1.3 percent of the population is doing the farm work to feed us.

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 November 17–24, 2021, has been designated as National Farm-City Week.

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