The mission of the Cooperative Extension Service has been and continues to be that of extending lifelong, continuing educational opportunities to the people in those areas where Extension has the competence and the legal and moral obligation to serve. The Cooperative Extension Service is a dynamic system oriented to the development of educational programs that will meet the changing needs of a diverse public. The process of Extension education involves working with people and not for them. It joins with people in helping them identify needs, problems, and opportunities, study their resources and arrive at desirable courses of actions in line with these characteristics. In contrast to formal classroom instruction, Extension emphasizes the involvement of people in determining, planning, and carrying out programs that meet their individual and group needs. Extension is education through which individuals develop their abilities in problem solving. It is education that helps people develop skills in problem identification, goal determination, analysis, evaluation, and choice. It is education that provides opportunities for people to develop the traits of character, qualities of leadership, and knowledge of issues and concerns that enable them to be productive citizens and to effectively adjust to an ever changing society. The Gadsden County Extensions Program is a cooperative effort between county government, United States Department of Agriculture, University of Florida, and Florida A&M University to extend the educational service of these universities to the people of the county. Subject matter areas include agriculture, family and consumer sciences, 4-H and other youth, community economic development and natural resource development and environmental quality. The laws creating the Cooperative Extension Service were specifically designed to ensure that the findings of research in these areas were communicated to the people.
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