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What is University of Maine Cooperative Extension?

Extension expert helps farmer give medicine to an alpaca; photo by Edwin Remsberg, USDAUMaine Extension is your doorway to University of Maine expertise. For 100 years, we’ve been putting university research to work in homes, businesses, farms, and communities—in every corner of Maine. Our educational efforts focus on the Maine Food System, Positive Youth Development, and Community and Economic Development.

We are part of the nationwide Cooperative Extension System, which works through the land-grant universities in each U.S. state. Maine’s land-grant university is in Orono at The University of Maine. In addition to our state offices in Orono, we have a network of county-based offices staffed by experts who provide practical, locally based solutions for farmers, small business owners, kids, parents, consumers, and others.

We receive federal support through USDA, state support through the University of Maine, and local support through Maine county governments.