Glen Whipple, Director
103 Agriculture Building, (307) 766-5124
The 1914 Smith-Lever Act created the University of Wyoming Extension, stating that its purpose was to "provide instruction and practical demonstrations in agriculture, home economics and related subjects." The University of Wyoming Extension is part of a national educational network which establishes partnerships with the United States Department of Agriculture, the state of Wyoming, the University of Wyoming, and county and tribal governments. UW Extension maintains offices in 27 Wyoming communities.
The mission of the University of Wyoming Extension is to provide lifelong learning opportunities for the people of Wyoming and empower them to make choices that enhance their quality of life. To accomplish its mission, the UW Extension continually updates its programs to meet the changing priorities, organizational structures and external relationships of Wyoming and its citizens. It is a dynamic organization pledged to providing educational programs which enable Wyoming citizens to improve their lives and communities through partnerships that put experience and research knowledge to work. The UW Extension delivers university research-based knowledge to Wyoming consumers through the broad program areas of Profitable and Sustainable Agricultural Systems, 4-H and Youth Development, Nutrition and Food Safety, Sustainable Management of Rangeland Resources, and Community Development Education. Programs include a wide range of topic areas, including food and nutrition, water quality, wildlife, crop production, resource management, and energy related issues.
UW Extension can be accessed on campus through its administrative offices in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. In the state, UW Extension offices are found in each county and serve as resources to the county, while also representing a major connection between the university and the people of Wyoming.