What Is "Extension"?
The Cooperative Extension Service was created as part of UF's mission as a land-grant university.
The original mission of these institutions, as set forth in the first Morrill Act (1862), was to teach agriculture, military tactics, and the mechanical arts as well as classical studies so that members of the working classes could obtain a liberal, practical education.
Representative Justin Morrill, who wrote the legislation, was not able to attend college himself, but nevertheless was a strong advocate for education. He was a businessman and an avid horticulturist and devoted a significant amount of time reading and learning on his own. Much of this investigation was focused on studying access to higher education and education’s positive influence to the common citizen.
As a result of these efforts, UF/IFAS now serves each of Florida's 67 counties by providing information and conducting educational programs on issues such as sustainable agriculture, competitiveness in world markets, natural resource conservation, energy conservation, food safety, child and family development, consumer credit counseling, and youth development. Click here to find the Cooperative Extension Office in your county.