University of Kentucky College of Agriculture

Welcome to the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service

The Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service is the most comprehensive outreach and engagement program at the University of Kentucky.

Our mission, simply stated, is to make a difference in the lives of Kentucky citizens through research-based education. Jointly with our other land-grant partner, Kentucky State University, we take the University to the people in their local communities, addressing issues of importance of all Kentuckians.

Connecting Farms to Local Markets

Connecting Farms to Local MarketsExtension Agents facilitated a workshop for farmers to be introduced to regional and state opportunities and markets for local food, such as state parks and schools. Over 80% of purchasing representatives are pursuing contracts with district farmers. [more]

Beef Basics: Guiding New Farmers in the Beef Industry

Beef BasicsAs part of the Extension KyFarmStart Program, Beef Basics supports beginning farmers as they map a business plan that is conscious of the environment, laws and liabilities for beef cattle operations. [more]

Accessing Nutritious Foods

Accessing Nutritious FoodsGrowing community gardens, promoting farmer’s markets and local foods, demonstrating healthy choices, and stretching the food budget. [more]

Emerald Award Winner Targets Obesity in Russell County

Emerald Award“4-H taught me to be organized, prepared me for college and created opportunities that I never could have imagined!”  —Marketta Lawless, 2013 Emerald Award Winner [more]

Engaging Youth in Veterinary Science

Vet Science“Female 4-H participants are 2 X more likely to pursue science careers over their peers.”
—Tufts University 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development [more]


UK College of Agriculture
S-107 Ag Science Bldg. North
Lexington, KY 40546-0091
Phone: 859-257-4302
Fax: 859-257-3501

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