The mission of the nationwide Cooperative Extension Service (CES) is to help people improve their lives through an educational process which focuses scientific knowledge on issues and needs.
In Indiana, the Cooperative Extension Service is the informal, educational outreach program of Purdue University, Indiana’s land grant university. Funding is through a partnership of county, state, and federal resources. The Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service of Hamilton County provides educational opportunities in 4-H & youth development, agriculture, horticulture, consumer concerns, family issues, leadership and community development. Founded nationally in 1914, the Extension Service has served Hamilton County since 1918 when the first “County Agent” was hired. Hamilton County currently has three extension educators, three program assistants and three support staff members.