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What is the Extension Service?

Each state has a Land-Grant University, so every state has an Extension system. The Land-Grant University system was created through an Act of Congress, the Morrill Act of 1862. The universities were created as a partnership in agricultural education between the Federal Government (USDA) and the states.

However, it was soon recognized that because Land-Grant Universities had a central location (Columbus in Ohio, West Lafayette in Indiana, Lexington in Kentucky, etc.), they were unable to effectively reach out and provide consistent educational support to individuals throughout the states. For example, people in Franklin County, Ohio benefitted greatly, while people in Hamilton County, Ohio gained little.

So, in 1914 Congress passed the Smith-Lever Act. The act created the Cooperative Extension Service. It was call "Cooperative" because the new entity was a partnership between the federal government (the USDA), the states (the Land-Grant Universities), and the individual counties within the states. It was called "Extension" because the Service was an extension of the Land-Grant University system.

The Act specified teaching methods to be used and people to be served. The educational programs were to be provided "…to persons not attending or resident in said colleges [the Land-Grant Universities]…" Although Extension agents in Ohio are faculty members of The Ohio State University, this statement explains why agents do not teach at the University. Teaching methods specified by the Act included "...demonstrations, publications and otherwise..." OSU Extension has over 600 fact sheets and bulletins and demonstrations remain the mainstay of Extension teaching in Ohio.

The Smith-Lever Act also specified subject matter to be taught: "…subjects relating to agriculture and home economics…" In effect, the Act specified two "doors" (agriculture and home economics) opened to clientele seeking Extension-based answers to their questions. Although not specified by the enabling Act, two additional doors were added in later years: 4-H and Community and Natural Resource Development (CNRD) program areas.


Ohio County Extension Offices

Adams
Courthouse, 110 West Main St.,
West Union 45693
(513) 544-2339
Lorain
42110 Russia Rd., Elyria 44035-6813
(216) 322-0127
Allen
219 W. Northern Ave., Lima 45801
(419) 222-9946
Lucas
Room 550, One Government Ctr.,
Toledo 43604
(419) 245-4254
Ashland
804 US 250 East, Ashland 44805
(419) 281 -8242
Madison
217 Elm St., P.O. Box 230, London 43140
(614) 852-0975
Ashtabula
39 Wall St., Jefferson 44047
(216) 576-9008
Mahoning
490 S. Broad St., Canfield 44406
(216) 533-5538
Athens
280 W. Union St., Athens 45701
(614) 593-8555
Marion
1100 E. Center St., Marion 43302
(614) 387-2260
Auglaize
208 S. Blackhoof St. Wapakoneta 45895
(419) 738-2219
Medina
120 W. Washington St., Medina 44256
(216) 725-4911
Belmont
410 Fox Shannon Pl., St. Clairsville 43950
(614) 695-1455
Meigs
Mulberry Heights, P.O. Box 32,
Pomeroy 45769
(614) 992-6696
Brown
740 Mt.Orab Pike, Georgetown 45121
(513) 378-6716
Mercer
220 W. Livingston St., suite 2, Celine 45822
(419) 586-2179
Butler
1810 Princeton Rd.
Hamilton 45011
(513) 887-3722
Miami
Courthouse, 201 W. Main St., Troy 45373
(513) 332-6829
Carroll
Courthouse, 119 Public Square,
Carrollton 44615
(216) 627-4310
Monroe
Room 17,101 N. Main St., Woodsfield 43793
(614) 472-0810
Champaign
647 Bodey Circle, Urbana 43078
(513) 652-2204
Montgomery
1001 S. Main St., Dayton 45409
(513) 224-9654
Clark
Prime Ohio Corp. Park, Suite #104, 4400
Gateway Blvd., Springfield 45502
(513) 328-4607
Morgan
6A W. Main St., P.O. Box 179,
McConnelsville 43756
(614) 962-4854
Clermont
1000 Locust St., P.O. Box 670
Owensville 45103
(513) 732-7195
Morrow
871 Marion Rd., Mt. Gilead 43338
(419) 947-1070
Clinton
111 S. Nelson Ave., Suite #2
Wilmington 45177
(513) 382-0901
Muskingum
Room 6, 225 Underwood St.
Zanesville 43701
(614) 454-0144
Columbiana
3301/2 S. Lincoln Ave., Lisbon 44432
(216) 424-7291
Noble
150 Courthouse, Caldwell 43724
(614) 732-5681
Coshocton
724 S. 7th St., Coshocton 43812
(614) 622-2265
Ottawa
Federal Bldg., 126 Church St.,
P.O. Box 27, Oak Harbor 43449
(419) 898-1618
Crawford
117 E. Mansfield St., Bucyrus 44820
(419) 562-8731
Paulding
503 Fairground Dr., P.O. Box 87,
Paulding 45879
(419) 399-8225
Cuyahoga
2490 Lee Blvd., Suite #108
Cleveland 44102-5588
(216) 631 -1890
Perry
104 S. Columbus St., P.O. Box 279,
Somerset 43783
(614) 743-1602
Darke
700 Wayne St., Greenville 45331
(513) 548-5215
Pickaway
Suite B,110 Island Rd., P.O. Box 29,
Circleville 43113
(614) 474-7534
Defiance
197-A Island Park Ave., Defiance 43512
(419) 782-4771
Pike
120 S. Market St., Waverly 45690
(614) 947-2121
Delaware
560 Sunbury Rd., Suite 5, Delaware 43015
(614) 368-1925
Portage
6970 S.R. 88, Ravenna 44266
(216) 296-6432
Erie
2900 S. Columbus Ave., Sandusky 44870
(419) 627-7631
Preble
119 S. Barron St., Eaton 45320
(513) 456-8174
Fairfield
Suite D, 831 College Ave., Lancaster 43130
(614) 653-5419
Putnam
219 S. Oak St., P.O. Box 189, Ottawa 45875
(419) 523-6294
Fayette
1225 US Rt. 22 SW, Washington CH 43160
(614) 335-1150
Richland
1512 Ashland Rd., Mansfield 44905
(419) 589-2919
Franklin
1945 Frebis Ave., Columbus 43206
(614) 462-6700
Ross
78 W. Main St., Chillicothe 45601
(614) 775-3200
Fulton
135 Courthouse Plaza, Wauseon 43567
(419) 337-9210
Sandusky
2000 Countryside Dr., Fremont 43420
(419) 334-6340
Gallia
Room 1572, 111 Jackson Pike,
Gallipolis 45631
(614) 446-7007
Scioto
Courthouse, 602 Seventh St.,
Portsmouth 45662
(614) 354-7879
Geauga
14269 Claridon-Troy Rd., P.O. Box 387,
Burton 44021
(216) 834-4656
Seneca
1551/2 E. Perry St., Tiffin 44883-2389
(419) 447-9722
Greene
100 Fairground Rd., Xenia 45385
(513) 372-9971
Shelby
810 Fair Road, Sidney 45365
(513) 498-7239
Guernsey
Room 200, 9711 E. Pike St.,
Cambridgc 43725
(614) 432-9300
Stark /Summit
Regional Extension Education Center
5119 Lauby Rd., N. Canton 44720
(216) 497-1611
Hamilton (No Agriculture)
11100 Winton Rd., Cincinnati 45218-1199
(513) 825-6000
Trumbull
303 Mahoning Ave. NW, Warren 44483
(216) 675-2595
Hancock
7708 C.R.140, Findlay 45840
(419) 422-3851
Tuscarawas
219 Stonecreek Rd., N.W.
New Philadelphia 44663
(216) 339-2337
Hardin
Suite 40, 1 Courthouse Square, Kenton 43326
(419) 674-2297
Union
246 W. Fifth St., Marysville 43040
(513) 644-8117
Harrison
100 West Market St., Courthouse,
Cadiz 43907
(614) 942-8823
Van Wert
1055 S. Washington, Van Wert 45891
(419) 238-1214
Henry
Courthouse, 660 N. Perry St., P.O. Box 309
Napoleon 43545
(419) 592-0806
Vinton
County Comm. Bldg., P.O. Box 473,
McArthur 45651
(614) 596-5212
Highland
119 Gov. Foraker Pl., Hillsboro 45133
(513) 393-1918
Warren
Suite 4, 777 Columbus Ave., Lebanon 45036
(513) 932-1891
Hocking
150 N. Homer Ave., Logan 43138
(614) 385-3222
Washington
Court House, 205 Putnam St., Marietta 45750
(614) 373-6623 Ext. 274
Holmes
165 N. Washington St., Millersburg 44654
(216) 674-3015
Wayne
428 W. Liberty St., Wooster 44691
(216) 264-8722
Huron
180 Milan Ave., Norwalk 44857
(419) 668-8219
Williams
1122 W. High St., Bryan 43506
(419) 636-5608
Jackson
372 Portsmouth St., P.O. Box 110,
Jackson 45640
(614) 286-5044
Wood
Suite A, 440 E. Poe Road,
Bowling Green 43402
(419) 354-9050
Jefferson
Stambaugh Plaza, Suite A, 135 Main St.,
Wintersville 43952
(614) 264-2212
Wyandot
Courthouse, 109 S. Sandusky Ave.
Upper Sandusky 43351 -1423
(419) 294-4931
Knox
1025 Harcourt Rd., P.O. Box 1268,
Mt. Vernon 43050-8268
(614) 397-0401
East District
16714 SR 215, Caldwell 43724
(614) 732-2381
Lake
99 E. Erie St., Painesville 44077
(216) 350-2582
Northeast District
Ohio Agricultural Research and Development
Center, Wooster 44691
(216) 263-3831, 263-3832
Lawrence
Courthouse, Ironton 45638
(614) 533-4322
Northwest District
Box C, 952 Lima Ave., Findlay 45840
(419) 422-6106
Licking
Suite 103, 771 E. Main St., Newark 43055
(614) 349-6900
South District
17 Standpipe Rd., P.O. Box 958,
Jackson 45640
(614) 286-2177
Logan
117 E. Columbus Ave., Suite# 100
Bellefontaine 43311
(513) 599-4227
Southwest District
Suite 208, 303 Corporate Center Dr.,
Vandalia 45377
(513) 454-5002

Oregon Extension Services

Oregon Small Farms is managed by the Oregon StateUniversity Extension Service. It provides small scale farmers with practical information about crop production, marketing, stewardship and other topics of interest.  Their web site can be reached via this link:  http://smallfarms.orst.edu

SWCD/USDA-NRCS Offices

Yamhill County 2200 W. 2nd Street McMinnville, OR 97128   phone 503-472-1491    fax 503/472-2459

Washington County Building B Suite B-2, 1080 SW Baseline Hillsboro, OR 97123-3823    phone 503-681-0953   fax 503-681-9772

Multnomah County  2115 SE Morrison Street Portland, OR 97214-2865    phone 503-231-2270   fax 503-231-2271

Clackamas County  Federal Building  256 Warner Milne Road Oregon City, OR 97045-4014   phone 503-656-3499   fax 503-650-2367

Linn County 33630 McFarland Rd. Tangent, OR 97289   phone 541-967-5927    fax 541-928-9345

Marion County 3867 Wolverine St. NE, Suite 16 Salem, OR 97305  phone 503-399-5746    fax 503-391-9841

OSU Extension Service

Washington County 18640 NW Walker Road, Suite 1400 Beaverton, OR 97006- 1975    phone 503-725-2300   fax 503-725-2100

Clackamas County 200 Warner Milne Road Oregon City, OR 97045-4096    phone 503-655-8631   fax 503-655-8636

Yamhill County 2050 Lafayette Street McMinnville, Oregon 97128-9333  phone 503-434-7517   fax 503-472-3054

Lane County 950 W. 13th St. Eugene, OR 97402  phone 541-687-4243   fax 541-682-2377

Linn County PO Box 765 Albany, OR 97321   phone 541-967-3871   fax 541-967-9169


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This page was last updated on December 09, 2007