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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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  • Farm Succession Planning – Using a case study approach top image with a photo of three generation farmers

    Farm Succession Planning – Using a case study approach

    June 11, 2024 | Written by Laurie Wolinski, Extension Agent lll – Agribusiness Risk Management
    University of Delaware Cooperative Extension has recently taken an alternative approach to offering farm succession planning workshops. In cooperation with the University of Maryland Agriculture Law Education Initiative and Delaware Farm Service Agency, a team of educators developed a high school educational program on farm succession planning. The idea to introduce students to the topic came about during a 2018 day-long forum, “Linking Farm Vitality and Health,” that was held to share important information that would ultimately strengthen the health and well-being of farmers, their families and workers. One of the small breakout groups discussed and developed a project addressing the topic of succession planning.
  • A Sweet Solution to an Old Problem

    June 06, 2024 | Written by Michele Walfred | Photos by Michele Walfred
    An estimated 2,400 poultry houses lie vacant from the early era of Delmarva poultry’s boom. Owners of these homes face a challenge: repair, remove or renovate. All of the options are costly, and few are practical. Instead of collecting cobwebs, what if these structures can produce something sweet and nutritious?
  • Top 3 Reasons Participating in the State Fair Benefits Youth

    June 05, 2024 | Written by Kaitlin Rogers, Extension Educator II - 4-H Youth Development
    State fairs have long been a cornerstone of American culture, offering a diverse array of activities, entertainment, and competitions. While they may conjure images of thrilling rides, mouthwatering treats, and captivating exhibits, state fairs also provide invaluable opportunities for youth to grow and thrive. For 4-H members, it is so much more than that. The fair is a culmination of many weeks, months or even a year of hard work being displayed through competition, exhibits and more. There are many benefits of participating in your State Fair.
  • Beauty and the Bugs

    May 29, 2024 | Written by Molly Schafer Photos by Michele Walfred and courtesy of UD Cooperative Extension; Jim Robbins, University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension; Bugwood.org; and Mengmeng Gu, Texas A&M University Cooperative Extension
    The crape myrtle bark scale, an invasive insect, is less well-known. First spotted in Delaware in 2020, the bug threatens the beauty of these beloved trees. The pest is now active in Sussex and Kent counties but is yet to be seen in New Castle County.



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