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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.

COVID-19: facing thE challenge together

Together We Make the First State Great:

As the current coronavirus (COVID-19) situation continues to rapidly evolve our goal, as your local Cooperative Extension service, is to assist you in protecting the health and safety of your families, friends and community. 


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    Keys to De-Stressing Farmers and Improving Mental Health

    March 03, 2021 | Written by Michael Short, Delmarva Correspondent
    Farmers are resilient people, but even they have not been immune to the stresses of the past year. Susan Truehart Garey, an animal science agent with the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension shares her insight.
  • Dr. Brian Kunkel On The Cicada Invasion

    February 26, 2021 | Written by Kyleigh Beaver of DelmarvaLife
    Dr. Brian Kunkel with the University of Delaware Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology will tell you about the impending cicada invasion that is predicted for this summer.
  • How to Use a Wellness Wheel to Assess Your Health & Wellness!

    February 18, 2021 | Written by Alyssa Whittaker, Extension Agent, Health and Wellness
    A Wellness Wheel is a tool and visual guide that helps one assess all aspects of their wellness. Wellness is a continuous and active process of achieving an optimal state of health, where an individual becomes aware of, or makes choices towards a more whole-self lifestyle.
  • February 2021 Spotlight: Heritage 4-H Club

    February 18, 2021 | Written by Heather Coverdale
    Out of a challenging time, the Heritage 4-H Club was born!
  • L ’amour de insecta

    February 11, 2021 | Written by David Owens, Extension Specialist - Agricultural Entomology
    Ah, l ’amour! Whether by quirks of behavior or by common name, these five insects are embodiments of Valentine’s Day, even if most of them are hibernating right now.
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Delaware is a small state that is big in agriculture. We know our farmers give so much of themselves to keep the industry strong. We want you to know, there is help available. We want you to know, we’ve got your back.