About us

Cooperative Extension provides non-formal education and learning opportunities to people throughout the United States — to farmers and other residents of rural communities as well as to people living in urban areas. It emphasizes taking knowledge gained through research and education and bringing it directly to the people to create positive changes. All universities engage in research and teaching, but the nation’s more than 100 land-grant colleges and universities have a third, critical mission — extension. The University of Rhode Island is one of these land-grant institutions, and through Cooperative Extension in RI, we bring vital, practical information to agricultural producers, small business owners,communities, consumers, families, and young people. We pride ourselves on our role in translating science for practical application, and are always looking to identify emerging research questions to which we find answers and encourage application of science and technology to improve agricultural, environmental, economic and social conditions.

A Message from the CoopExt Director
URI Cooperative Extension (CoopExt) values human diversity because it strengthens our programs and our lives. Our recognition of the power of diversity drives us to reach out to diverse audiences across the state. Diversity is sought in the people that help us determine local and state needs, in the audiences to whom we deliver our programs, and in our employees and our volunteers. 
 
CoopExt is committed to the design and delivery of programs that uphold both the spirit and intent of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, through:
  1. Our recruitment, retention and promotion procedures; and
  2. Inclusive program design and delivery processes that consider the needs of underserved populations.

Besides a moral and intellectual appreciation and desire for diversity, URI CoopExt also has a legal responsibility to offer equal access to educational programs and equal opportunity in employment for people without discrimination based on age, color, disability, gender, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status. URI CoopExt adheres to federal and state statutes, regulations, and State of Rhode Island policies regarding civil rights in our role as a cooperator with the United States Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

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