The University of California Cooperative Extension in Stanislaus County is part of a nationwide system of off-campus education, based on a three-way partnership among the County Board of Supervisors, the University of California, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. U.C. Cooperative Extension brings the resources of the University of California to Stanislaus County residents. The State of California provides approximately 66% of our funding, the federal government 18%, the county 12% and gifts and grants 4%. Each partner plays a key role in providing funding and support for our programs. Stanislaus County's commitment and support has made it possible for us to bring science-based research and education programs to county residents for 100 continuous years.
U.C. Cooperative Extension's mission is to develop and deliver research-based information to the people of Stanislaus County, enabling them to make informed decisions and improve their economic well-being and quality of life. Agriculture and Natural Resources, 4-H Youth Development and Nutrition, Family and Consumer Sciences advisors are highly trained and are supported by a statewide staff of University of California faculty, U.C. Cooperative Extension specialists and U.S.D.A. researchers. We carry out our mission in two major ways: problem solving through applied research and education. Most of our applied research is conducted in local field trials working directly with growers and producers. The information is delivered to our clientele via classroom and in-field workshops, seminars, web sites, publications, phone calls, office visits, on-farm consultations, email, television and radio programs, newsletters and articles in newspapers and magazines. Our goal is to continue to address local problems supporting the continued economic viability of the agricultural industry, a safe and secure food supply, clean air and water and healthy communities.