At the national level, the Cooperative Extension Service is an integral part of the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES). The CSREES is a national research and education network that links education programs of the U.S. Department of Agriculture with land-grant institutions, with 1890 institutions, with agricultural experiment stations, with Cooperative Extension Services, with schools of forestry, and with colleges of agriculture, colleges of veterinary medicine, and colleges of human sciences. CSREES, in cooperation with all these partners, develops and supports research and extension programs in the food and agricultural sciences and related environmental and human sciences. Examples of some program areas in which CSREES and its partners are currently working include improving agricultural productivity; protecting animal and plant health; promoting human nutrition and health; strengthening children, youth, and families; and revitalizing rural American communities.
CSREES serves as a critical connection between research and extension. CSREES works with extension educators on identifying and communicating agricultural, environmental, and community problems (Table I). These problems are then
TABLE I Extension Educational Programs within CSREES
1. Provide model education programs on food safety; sustainable agriculture; water quality; children, youth, and families; health; environmental stewardship; and community economic development in all 50 states, all U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia.
2. Represent over 9600 local extension agents working in 3150 counties.
3. Engage 5.6 million youth in 4-H programs for personal development and community service.
4. Involve 3 million trained volunteers who work with outreach education programs nationwide.
5. Provide farm safety education programs in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.
6. Provide pesticide applicator programs that train over half a million people each year in safe and environmentally sound pesticide use.
7. Participate in international education programs taught by over 200 extension professionals in 17 countries.
relayed to researchers at the land-grant institutions and agricultural experiment stations. Working together, these partners initiate and stimulate new research that provides solutions to real-world problems.
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