Purdue Extensions’ Impact
play an important part in your life if you chose to let it. Some of you may not
realize that you have been impacted by Extension in some way. For starters, you
may know someone who has attended or plans to attend Purdue University. Purdue
is Indiana’s Land Grant University that was established in 1862 under the
Morrill Act and is deeply related to Extension. Later, the Hatch Act
established Experiment Stations. However, in the early 1900’s, it was realized
that the information gained at these stations was not getting distributed. That
is why in 1914, the Smith-Lever Act established the Cooperative Extension
Cooperative Extension Service initially was solely related to agriculture but
overtime has grown to include four primary program areas that are used to help
educate, promote, and provide services to local residents. The four primary
areas are: 4-H Youth Development, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Health
& Human Sciences, and Economic & Community Development.
Development Educators collaborate with teachers on school programs, conduct
after school programs, and organize numerous workshops. Some of the goals
related to this program area are to help youth develop life skills, get
prepared for school, and career development. However, it is important to note
that a successful program cannot occur without the help of numerous volunteers.
and Natural Resources (ANR) Educators provide various educational opportunities
for adults and youth through a wide variety of topics including gardening,
livestock care and maintenance, pesticide application, and pond maintenance. A couple of the next opportunities
to get involved with an ANR program is to sign up for the Master Gardener
Program and Annie’s Project (Farm Management Education for Women). Information
about both programs are listed below.
Human Sciences (HHS) Educators provide programs on healthy eating, physical
fitness, and Alzheimer’s. They also work with youth on understanding how to
read food labels and developing healthy eating habits. HHS Educators also offer
a variety of lessons and demonstrations to the various Extension Homemaker
groups around Indiana.
program area is Economic and Community Development (ECD). To date, this program
area has not made a huge impact locally, but is certainly needed and statewide
Extension is seeking more resources for ECD. Currently there are about a couple
dozen counties that have Extension Educators who commit twenty percent or more
of their time to the ECD program area.
As you can
see, there are a lot of ways to be impacted by Extension. Extension encourages
minorities and underserved audiences to become involved and to participate in
our programs. As you think about organizations you might want to become
involved with, think about becoming involved with Extension. We welcome
volunteers all the time since they are truly a treasured part of Indiana.
As always, if
you have any questions or would like information on any agriculture,
horticulture, or natural resource topic, then please contact your local Purdue
Extension Office at 448-9041 in Clay Co. or 829-5020 in Owen Co. or reach me
directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Purdue University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action
opportunities available to you through Purdue Extension include:
January 15—PCARET Luncheon
January 15– Indiana 4-H Scholarship Deadline & National 4-H Congress
February 12—Start of Master Gardeners, 6—9 PM, $115, Owen Co. Extension Office,
February 19—Start of Annie’s Project, 1-4 PM, $75, Owen Co. Extension Office,