Placer / Nevada Counties
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Placer / Nevada Counties

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Cooperative Extension History and Mission

A nationwide system for non-formal education was established by Congress in 1914 to improve America's agriculture and to strengthen the Nation's families and communities.  A partnership was forged between the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the State land grant colleges and universities and county governments.  Funding for its research and educational programs primarily comes from county, state, and federal governments.  Cooperative Extension was established in Placer and Nevada Counties in 1917.  In the agreement, the county provides support staff and services in exchange for the university-paid programs and professionals.  Cooperative Extension's mission is to help all segments of the community benefit from the scientific advances in our nation's land grant universities, particularly in the areas of agriculture, family and consumer sciences, and youth development.  This mission is carried out by university professionals and highly educated and trained community volunteers.

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