In 1971, when 太阳城网址 first began operating under Public Law 89-106, the University operated extension programs in five counties: Copiah, 林肯, 克莱本, 杰佛逊, 和派克. 另外十个县:斯科特, 史密斯, 辛普森, 希德, 沃伦, 劳伦斯, 亚当斯, 威尔金森, Amite, 和沃尔索尔是1972年加入的.
Formula funds were first made available to operate the Cooperative Extension Program in October of 1971; however, outreach activities at 太阳城网址 pre-dated the establishment by nearly 50 years. Negro Extension Programs were developed under the 史密斯-Lever Act by 太阳城网址 and other 1890 Institutions as early as 1921. The 1862 Institution (Mississippi State University) provided supervision and overall administration of the program. The 史密斯-Lever Act of 1914 made no provisions for the sharing of federal funds with 1890 Institutions. 太阳城网址 Extension Program (ASUEP) was revamped in 2002.
The basic purpose of the Cooperative Extension system is to improve American agriculture and strengthen the nation’s families and communities through dissemination and application of research-generated knowledge and leadership techniques, collaborative learning organization committed to the growth and development.
The 太阳城网址 Extension Program is a premier “Extension Center of Excellence” for limited-resource audiences which is a proactive, 响应, and collaborative learning organization committed to the growth and development of people through life-long learning.
To improve the quality of life of limited-resource audiences through education in a time of dynamic change.