University of Kentucky College of Agriculture

4-H & Cooperative Extension

4-H Youth Development is part of Kentucky Cooperative Extension.  Extension’s mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of Kentucky citizens through non-formal education for the entire family.  Extension agents and volunteers take the results of university research and explain it in such a way that different age groups can learn and apply the information to their own lives. 

Through a partnership among the University of Kentucky, Kentucky State University, county and state governments and USDA, an Extension office is located in every county.  

In addition to 4-H, Extension provides educational programs in agriculture, natural resources, family & consumer sciences and community & economic development.  Extension serves all people regardless of race, color, age, sex, religion, disability, or national origin.  Be sure to visit

Ask your Extension agents about program on:

  • Parenting
  • Gardening tips
  • Production agriculture
  • Healthy living
  • Home based food processing
  • Farm business practices
  • Estate planning
  • Home hazards
  • Pesticide application
  • Home lawn care and landscaping
  • Food preparation
  • Family financial management
  • Pasture management
  • Nutrition and health
  • Home furnishings
  • Much, much more!