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Levi Hill
Levi Hill

Agricultural Agent

AMS facilitates the strategic marketing of agricultural products in domestic and international markets while ensuring fair trading practices and promoting a competitive and efficient marketplace. AMS constantly works to develop new marketing services to increase customer satisfaction.

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APHIS provides leadership in ensuring the health and care of animals and plants. The agency improves agricultural productivity and competitiveness and contributes to the national economy and the public health.

The Farm Service Agency implements agricultural policy, administers credit and loan programs, and manages conservation, commodity, disaster and farm marketing programs through a national network of offices.

NASS serves the basic agricultural and rural data needs of the country by providing objective, important and accurate statistical information and services to farmers, ranchers, agribusinesses and public officials. This data is vital to monitoring the ever-changing agricultural sector and carrying out farm policy.

RMA helps to ensure that farmers have the financial tools necessary to manage their agricultural risks. RMA provides coverage through the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation, which promotes national welfare by improving the economic stability of agriculture.

RBS offers programs to help businesses grow as well as job training for people living in rural areas. These programs help provide the capital, training, education and entrepreneurial skills that can help people living in rural areas start and grow businesses or find jobs in agricultural markets and in the bio-based economy.

In 2014, NIFA and our land-grant university partners celebrated 100 years of Cooperative Extension in the United States. The Smith-Lever Act formalized extension in 1914, but its roots go back to agricultural clubs and societies of the early 1800s. The act expanded USDA's partnership with land-grant universities to apply research and provide education in agriculture. Over the last century, extension has adapted to changing times and landscapes, and it continues to address a wide range of human, plant, and animal needs in both urban and rural areas. Today, extension works to:

Create a decentralized network of interconnected centers across the commonwealth where Virginia Tech's interdisciplinary researchers and Virginia Cooperative Extension specialists can partner with industries to develop and deploy innovative technologies to increase overall efficiency, resilience, and sustainability of food, agricultural, and natural resources production systems.

UGA Cooperative Extension was founded in 1914 to bring research-based agricultural information to the people of Georgia. County agents and specialists throughout the state share information on issues like water quality, profitability in agribusiness, family wellness and life skills.

County agents provide soil and water test kits and instruction, advice on safe pesticide use, publications, computer programs and lessons in consumer skills to improve Georgians' quality of life. They are the local experts in food safety, proper eating habits, child safety and parenting.

UGA Extension faculty and specialists develop educational programs and produce practical, science-based information for agricultural agents, farmers and the general public across the state, nation and world. Learn more about our departmental Extension programs:

The following high school courses are recommended depending upon area of interest: agricultural education, family and consumer sciences, public speaking, writing, sciences, personal finance, and business.

Looking for Find your local county extension office with this list of the agricultural extension offices across the US in 2023? Scroll down this page and follow the links.And if you bring home some fruit or vegetables and want to can, freeze, makejam, salsa or pickles, see thispage for simple, reliable, illustrated canning, freezing or preservingdirections. There are plenty of other related resources, click on the resources dropdown above. If you are having a hard timefinding canning lids, I've used these, and they're a great price & ship in 2 days.If you have questions or feedback, please let me know! Thereare affiliate links on this page. Read our disclosure policy to learn more.

Are you looking for help with a question about your garden,lawn, finding a farm or anything agricultural? The solution is your localcounty extension agent from the Cooperative Extension office; and they'refree! To find your local county extension agent's office, just click on yourstate on the map below! The Cooperative Extension System is anationwide, non-credit educational network. Each U.S. state and territoryhas a state office at its land-grant university and a network of local orregional offices. These offices are staffed by one or more experts whoprovide useful, practical, and research-based information to agriculturalproducers, small business owners, youth, consumers, and others in ruralareas and communities of all sizes.

Agricultural extension in China provides technology and applications related to all processes during agriculture production through experimentation, demonstration, training, and consulting (Yu, 2009). Agricultural extension worldwide functions as a bridge between research, government agencies, and farmers. In China, extension plays a similar role in vital agricultural development. The agricultural extension system is an integral part of the national agricultural support and protection system and the agricultural social service system, which support a national strategy of developing agriculture through advances in science and technology. This paper describes the history of agricultural extension in China, the legislative background of the agricultural extension system, and the five levels within the current system, which is different from the American counterpart. Challenges within the current agricultural extension system in China are analyzed. Some challenges are not unique in Chinese agricultural extension system, and some solutions may be applicable to the 102-year-old American system, which is facing its own challenges (Henning et al., 2014).

There are five levels of agricultural extension in China: national, provincial, county, municipal, and township levels (Wang, 2011). The majority of agricultural extension is associated with the China Ministry of Agriculture [with an emphasis on food and fibers; the counterpart of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in China]. In addition, there are agricultural extension components within the State Forestry Administration (with an emphasis on forestry-related crops including woody ornamental crops; the counterpart of U.S. Forest Service in China), Ministry of Education, Ministry of Science and Technology, the National Agriculture Leadership Working Group (consisting of leaders from ministries or similar agencies associated with different aspects of rural areas), and the National Development and Reform Commission, which all have respective counterparts at various local levels too (Fig. 1). These agencies at the central government (national) level provide resource and program support to the provincial agencies.

Five levels [(A) Central Government, (B) Provincial Government, (C) County Government, (D) Municipal Government, and (E) Township Government] and six sectors of agricultural extension systems led by the China Ministry of Agriculture, the State Forestry Administration, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Science and Technology, the National Agriculture Leadership Working Group, and the National Development and Reform Commission.

Under the administration of a provincial government, agencies involved with agricultural extension include the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Forestry, the Department of Science and Technology, the Department of Education, the provincial Agriculture Leadership Working Group, and the provincial Development and Reform Commission. All these provincial agencies provide resource and program support to farmers and agriculture enterprises (stakeholders) directly, and to Institutes of New Rural Development housed in provincial universities, which conduct technology transfer to stakeholders directly. In addition, there is a provincial Academy of Agricultural Sciences, and a provincial Academy of Forestry Sciences. Provincial universities alone or with collaboration from agriculture enterprises can apply for integrated research and extension grants from both national and provincial agencies. Normally, the provincial Academies of Agricultural Sciences and Academies of Forestry Sciences apply for grants available from provincial agencies and their national counterparts. However, the Ministry of Agriculture does not fund proposals from provincial Academies of Forestry Sciences, and the State Forestry Administration does not fund proposals from provincial Academies of Agricultural Sciences, as agriculture and forestry are two separate systems.

Within county and municipal governments, agencies involved with agricultural extension include the Bureau of Agriculture, the Bureau of Forestry, the Bureau of Science and Technology, the county and municipal Agriculture Leadership Working Group, and the county and municipal Development and Reform Commission. The county Institute of Agricultural Sciences is administered by the county Bureau of Agriculture, and the county Institute of Forestry Sciences (if there is one) by the county Bureau of Forestry. In some counties, there is a county Institute of Agricultural and Forestry Sciences administered by the county Bureau of Agriculture. There is no municipal- or township-level institute of agriculture or forestry sciences. Faculty in the county Institute of Agricultural Sciences and Institute of Forestry Sciences have more responsibilities for extension outreach to stakeholders and less research requirements, compared with their peers in provincial academies. 041b061a72


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