Foundations of Extension

Organizational Structure, Function and Relationships

Objective: Understand the breadth of the University of Nebraska system, the role and function of Extension and important relationships among decision makers.

University of Nebraska

University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL)

Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR)

College of Education and Human Sciences (CEHS)

Extension Districts/Departments

County or Multi-county Units

County Government

Nebraska Unicameral

Nebraska Congressional Directory

Nebraska Association of County Officials

Advisory Groups

  • Ag Builders of Nebraska (ABN)
  • Ag Forty
  • Family, Youth & Community Partners (FYC Partners)
  • Nebraska Association of County Extension Boards (NACEB)
  • Extension Boards
  • 4-H Councils

Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES)

National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC)

• Complete Community/Regional Assessment & Inventory (p. 5H in the 21st Century Extension Handbook)
• Identify appropriate forms of communication to be used with these decision makers.
• Develop a plan for contacting decision makers over the next year.
• Identify why it is important to understand the relationship these decision makers have to the Extension system.
• Explore resources in academic departments that could be useful in your Extension work.