The University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service is the most comprehensive outreach and engagement program of the University. Our mission, simply stated, is to make a difference in the lives of Kentucky citizens with research-based education. We offer programs to the people in their local communities, addressing issues of importance to all Kentuckians. We reach millions of Kentucky residents each year with educational programs in Agriculture & Natural Resources, Family & Consumer Sciences, 4-H Youth Development, and Community & Economic Development.
With an office in all 120 Kentucky counties, our Extension Agents serve as the local "front door" to the University. Extension faculty and specialists located on campus and at regional research centers support local programs with research and training that addresses local needs.
The UK Cooperative Extension Service is part of a nationwide organization that was created by the Smith-Lever Act of 1914 to extend the knowledge of the land grant institutions in each state out to local communities.