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About NDSU Extension

Learn who we are and what we do


North Dakota State University Extension provides science-based education that improves the economic, health and community conditions for North Dakotans. Our emphasis is on strengthening agriculture, stimulating communities, developing youths’ potential, building strong families and protecting the environment.


We are the link between the public and our land-grant university, North Dakota State University, in Fargo. The land-grant university has a three-part responsibility to  North Dakotans: engage in teaching, research and extending knowledge. The Extension Service, established in 1914, gets its name because it extends education from land-grant universities, such as NDSU, to people of all ages and walks of life.

NDSU Extension is a trusted source of accurate and unbiased information that isn’t always available from other sources.

Our Team

  • Extension Agents are local educators who serve all 53 counties in the state and the four Native American reservations. They are the local face of Extension. Based on their knowledge of county issues and the input they receive from citizens at the local level, our agents deliver educational programs to meet the needs of the people and communities in the counties they serve
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  • Specialists have technical expertise in their discipline, and develop and lead programs on issues of statewide concern. They are integral in supporting Extension agents with research-based information. Many specialists are based on the NDSU campus and usually hold faculty positions in the College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources; or the College of Human Sciences and Education. Others are based off campus at Research Extension Centers across the state. Several specialists have joint research and/or teaching appointments.
  • Support staff are a part of all Extension offices and usually are the first point of contact for the public. The support staff maintains offices and help deliver high-quality information and educational programs to the public. Communication staff members help prepare and deliver educational materials through print, audio, video, graphics, social media platforms, mobile apps and computer technology.

Our Mission & Core Values

NDSU Extension’s mission is to empower North Dakotans to improve their lives and communities through science-based education.

Core Values

Striving to provide North Dakotans with the help they need, we believe:

  • In lifelong learning through transformational education
  • That all people belong and deserve respect
  • In stakeholder input to guide program development
  • In science-based, locally relevant information
  • In the value of partners and collaborations

We also are committed to creating an inclusive and multicultural organization.