About Us

The Capital Region’s Cooperative Extension

Cornell Cooperative Extension connects the research-based knowledge of Cornell University to individuals, communities, and families in the Capital Region.

Over 150 Cornell Cooperative Extension educators bring the University to residents where they live and work across ten counties in the Capital Region. Cornell Cooperative Extension professional staff engages residents in educational programs that transform lives.

  • Maximizing the value of farm resources and agri-business with sustainable agriculture education
  • Strengthening the next generation through 4-H Youth Development programs in neighborhood clubs and classrooms
  • Fostering strong, active and healthy families and individuals as a result of Eat Smart New York (ESNY) and other nutrition and health initiatives
  • Increasing prosperity and self-sufficiency in our region’s “Main Streets” by supporting economic vitality programs
  • Improving residents’ access to farm-fresh products at farmers’ markets and quality homegrown produce through the guidance of trained Master Gardeners
  • Connecting Capital Region residents to the environment, leading natural resources stewardship efforts through education

MISSION
The Cornell Cooperative Extension educational system enables people to improve their lives and communities through partnerships that put experience and research based knowledge to work.

EMPOWERING PEOPLE THROUGH EDUCATION
Education can empower individuals and communities to make changes. Now, more than ever, the combination of University knowledge and practical experience makes a real difference in the lives of Capital Region residents. People make changes in their lives and in the communities where they live and work as a result of Cornell Cooperative Extension’s educational programs.

PARTNERSHIPS AT WORK
The Cooperative Extension associations of the Capital Region have forged a unique partnership that provides opportunities to residents beyond their individual counties’ borders. Local needs provide the focus for program participation by residents in their communities. Multi-county sharing, educator exchanges, and regional training programs, together with University connections expand opportunities for residents.

Funding for Cornell Cooperative Extension is enhanced by a partnership of federal, state and local government appropriations. Private resources, including competitive grants and contracts, program fees and contributions, support program initiatives and provide sustainability. This cooperative funding structure ensures a balance of perspectives and effective local impact.

Cornell Cooperative Extension is a subordinate governmental agency with an educational mission that operates under a form of organization and administration approved by Cornell University as agent for the State of New York. It is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The association is part of the national cooperative extension system, an educational partnership between County, State, and Federal governments. As New York’s land grant university Cornell administers the system in this state.Each Cornell Cooperative Extension association is an independent employer that is governed by an elected Board of Directors with general oversight from Cornell. All associations work to meet the needs of the counties in which they are located as well as state and national goals.

Last updated April 20, 2016