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Expanding The Role And Function Of The Cooperative Extension System In The University Setting


  • Ilvento, Thomas W.


Cooperative extension has prided itself on being the outreach of the land grant university. However, with changes in the structure of the population, the economy, and agriculture in particular, extension has had to change as well. Increasingly, extension service providers are reminded that they cannot be all things to all people. There is also increasing competition from other campus units that feel they have an outreach mission. As traditional base funding sources decline, decisions must be made regarding the role and function of extension within the university system. This paper explores these issues using historical data, reports, and six case studies. The case studies provide insights into the ways different extension services have collaborated and partnered in university outreach. The case studies demonstrate that the role of extension reflects such things as past experiences, the level of support for extension, the administrative structure of extension and the university, and the vision of those within and without the extension system.

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  • Ilvento, Thomas W., 1997. "Expanding The Role And Function Of The Cooperative Extension System In The University Setting," Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association, vol. 26(2), October.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:arerjl:31573

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    1. Ballenger, Nicole, 1996. "The National Research Council Report On The Colleges Of Agriculture At The Land Grant Universities: Implications For The Northeast," Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association, vol. 25(2), October.
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    1. Vergara, Oscar & Martin, Steven W. & Coble, Keith H. & Knight, Thomas O. & Patrick, George F. & Baquet, Alan E., 2003. "Extension Educators' Supply Of Risk Management Training To Farmers," 2003 Annual Meeting, February 1-5, 2003, Mobile, Alabama 35245, Southern Agricultural Economics Association.
    2. Escalante, Cesar L. & Florkowski, Wojciech J. & Landry, Gil W., Jr. & Boumtje, Pierre I., 2003. "Redirecting University Extension Services To An Alternative Clientele In The Golf Industry," 2003 Annual meeting, July 27-30, Montreal, Canada 22158, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
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    4. Jeremy D. Foltz & Bradford L. Barham, 2009. "The Productivity Effects of Extension Appointments in Land-Grant Colleges," Review of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 31(4), pages 712-733.
    5. Kiana Moore & Heather Allen, 2013. "Continuity of Business Plans for Animal Disease Outbreaks: Using a Logic Model Approach to Protect Animal Health, Public Health, and Our Food Supply," Agriculture, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 3(2), pages 1-18, April.


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