Extending Knowledge, Enriching Lives – Extension Helps Grow NC

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With 101 local centers, 1,000-plus experts and a vast network of partnerships and volunteers, Extension provides practical, research-based guidance and personalized solutions to individuals, families, businesses and communities statewide.

We help North Carolinians transform science into everyday solutions that improve their lives and grow our state.

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Extension offers locally focused services in all 100 counties and the Eastern Band of Cherokee.

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2024 Local Impacts flyer page 2 Franklin County We Grow Communities statistics, programming areas and spotlight stories WE GROW COMMUNITIES

  • In Person Programs 180
  • Educational Program Participants 5,473 
  • Digital Media Contacts 26,062 
  • 261 Volunteers 1224 Hours

4-H Youth Development
– Growing through school enrichment

Franklin County School teachers do not get a lot of extra time to introduce hands-on experiences to their students during classroom time. Research has shown that people retain information more if they not only hear or read about a topic but do a hands on activity as well. The more youth are introduced or shown a topic; the hope is, the more they will retain the information for the future. Franklin County 4-H has a wonderful relationship with the Franklin County Public Schools and we are welcomed into the classroom to deliver hands-on activities that align with the Department of Public Instruction’s grade objectives. Franklin County 4-H provides several topics including but not limited to embryology, soil solutions, leadership development and many more. As a result Franklin County 4-H has been able to reach over 1,000 students in Franklin County Public Schools in 2023. Students have gained knowledge through many hands-on activities. With the school enrichment opportunities 4-H provides, students are being introduced to new experiences and Franklin County 4-H hopes to build upon these opportunities.

“Franklin County 4-H has been working with teachers at Laurel Mill Elementary for many years. The lessons are connected to the standards the students are currently learning and this enhances and engages the students. The students love Mrs. Meg days! Students get hands-on experience with embryology and the chicken life cycle by having an incubator in the classroom. I am so grateful to have Mrs. Meg as a resource.” ~Teacher


Plant Production Systems

2023 Triangle Area Landscape School

Landscapers and green industry professionals need to be kept abreast of the latest recommendations and care practices within landscape maintenance, care and management. Many landscapers have several certifications that require annual continuing education and recertification credits. Cooperative Extension is able to provide these needed credits to landscape professionals. Cooperative Extension addressed these issues by securing Extension Specialists to present educational sessions to the green industry professionals. In attendance were 81 professionals that indicated programs like this help them save money, correctly select and correctly install the right plant species, and to properly select the appropriate herbicides for managing weeds in turfgrass.

Programming Areas

  • 4-H Youth Development
  • Animal Production Systems
  • Community Development
  • Consumer Horticulture
  • Family & Consumer Science
  • Food Safety & Nutrition
  • Natural Resources & Environmental Systems
  • Plant Production Systems

N.C. Cooperative Extension – Franklin County