Cooperative Extension Directory

Over the past few months I’ve had several of you ask me about the county cooperative extension services across the country. What is it? What do they do?

The Cooperative Extension Service is a nationwide educational program started by the United States Cooperative Extension Offices Department of Agriculture (USDA). National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) oversees the program. Information is disseminated through universities to the general public. Although they provide information on food, the environment and other topics, for our purposes we are most interested in their agricultural offerings.

Every state and territory has a central office and a network of local, regional or county offices. These offices are overseen by experts.

Cooperative extension offices offer master gardener classes and a ton of gardening information and classes, both online and on-site.

The services I use the most are the disease diagnostic and soil testing labs. Most extensions accept soil samples through the mail and, for a nominal cost — sometimes free — will test pH, test for nutrient deficiencies and other items.

Take a few minutes to check out your region’s cooperative extension service. I’ve made it easy for you by compiling a list of the state offices. Their websites link to their various county or regional offices.

Alabama

Alaska

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Colorado

Connecticut

Delaware

DC

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Puerto Rico

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Vermont

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming

Compiled by: M.L. Dewey