Utah State University Extension provides research-based programs and resources with the goal of improving the lives of individuals, families and communities throughout Utah. USU Extension operates through a cooperative agreement between the United States Department of Agriculture, Utah State University, and county governments. Program areas include:
1) Agriculture and Natural Resources
3) Home, Family, and Food
4) Utah 4-H and Youth
Founded in 1914 as part of the Smith-Lever Act, USU Extension plays a primary role in helping Utah State University fulfill its land-grant mission. Though more than 100 years old, USU Extension is as vital as ever, and perhaps even more so, due to the increased diversity and complexity of the issues people encounter today. The integration of teaching, research, and public service enables USU Extension to respond to critical and emerging issues with research-based, unbiased information.
USU Extension has an office in every county in Utah, with the exception of Daggett County, which is served by the Uintah County office. Faculty and educators facilitate programs and conduct research to meet the needs of citizens at each location.
In addition to county offices, USU Extension operates other centers and gardens, including:
- Ogden Botanical Gardens
- Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter
- USU Botanical Center
Additionally, USU Extension hosts the lead Utah Small Business Development Center as well as centers in Brigham City, Logan, Tooele, and Vernal.