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Welcome to UD Cooperative Extension

 

In 1869, the University of Delaware (UD) College of Agriculture and Natural Resources was established as the state’s land-grant university with a mission consisting of three elements: teaching, research and “extension”.

Cooperative Extension fulfills the third part of this mission: bringing knowledge to the people of Delaware. Today, we offer university knowledge, research and resources — just for you! You have questions. We have expert answers.

From nutrition classes and Master Naturalist courses to 4-H youth clubs and programs that support local agriculture — UD Cooperative Extension has something for everyone!

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Getting involved with UD Cooperative Extension is an excellent way to support and improve your Delaware community. Whether you're volunteering as a 4-H Adult Leader or donating to supporting an Extension Scholar, your local Master Gardener program, UD Cooperative Extension is grateful to have your involvement!



Managing Spotted Lanternflies
 

This destructive, invasive insect poses a threat to Delaware's agricultural economy. This winter and spring, it is important to watch for and destroy their eggs by crushing them or scraping them into a plastic bag with rubbing alcohol.



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    Delaware 4-H Members Gain Self-Efficacy Through Public Speaking

    February 26, 2024 | Written by Jill Jackson, 4-H Youth Development Agent
    The Delaware 4-H program consistently provides programs to teach our youth leadership and communication skills as these are important life skills for every individual to learn. The goal of Delaware 4-H public speaking events are to provide members with techniques to help them improve their communication skills and feel comfortable speaking in any situation. Competitive 4-H events include the Public Speaking Contest where members are asked to develop a speech around a topic of their choice and present to an audience and judges.
  • 23rd Annual Mid-Atlantic Women in Agriculture Conference

    February 23, 2024 | Written by Michele Walfred, Communications Specialist
    The 23rd annual Mid-Atlantic Women in Agriculture Conference, with more than 200 in attendance, was held on Feb. 15, 2024, at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club in Stevensville, Maryland. Five UD extension staff led workshops at the event.
  • Methane Mystery

    February 22, 2024 | Written by Katie Peikes Photos by Evan Krape and Andrew Hill
    Tidal salt marshes are fairly common across the Mid-Atlantic. These coastal ecosystems provide habitat for plants, birds and fish. Existing at the intersection of land and sea, tidal salt marshes act as armor against hurricanes and shoreline erosion.
  • Understanding Inflation's Impact: From Grocery Bills to Farming Costs

    February 21, 2024 | Written by Kofi Britwum – Assistant Professor of Farm Management (britwum@udel.edu)
    Whether you actively monitor the price of individual items during your grocery trips or not, you have likely noticed an increase in your overall grocery bill compared to what you paid for a similar basket of goods just a couple of years ago. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that food inflation surged by 23.5% between February 2020 and May 2023.



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