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SPEAKER: Cornell University is one of the world's leading research institutions. It's also the land grant university for New York state. That means Cornell is dedicated to creating knowledge that improves the lives of New Yorkers. A vital way in which Cornell serves New York is through Cornell Cooperative Extension, a network of independent associations located across the state.

Cornell Cooperative Extension translates the latest evidence-based findings generated at Cornell into practical knowledge, delivered through research-based programs and services that reach some 2 million New Yorkers each year. These include youth and family programs that fight childhood malnutrition, build parenting skills, and address challenges facing communities such as opioid addiction, farm programs to spur economic development by developing pest-resistant crops, creating new markets, and promoting local foods through farm-to-school and urban agriculture programs, support services for military veterans and their families, small business development programs, environmental programs to improve water quality and protect shorelines, community partnerships to revitalize cities across the state, and for 4H, a youth development program that prepares today's young people to be tomorrow's leaders.

Cornell Cooperative Extension addresses local needs with its presence in every one of New York's counties including New York City's five boroughs. Extension associations in each county are staffed by experts who live and work in their community and engage directly with residents face to face.

While Cornell provides general oversight of the state's county extension offices, each of them operates as a subordinate government agency in its respective county independent of Cornell. So by design, extension associations have the freedom and flexibility to focus on issues that matter most to local residents.

Discovery and inquiry are at the heart of Cornell Cooperative Extension. Working with local partners and Cornell researchers, Extension experts identify vital community issues and refine their programs to ensure maximum relevance and effectiveness. This way, knowledge and expertise flow in both directions-- from Cornell to communities and vice versa.

CCE also engages with a robust network of government agencies, community groups, and local volunteers. In other words, we're all in this together. For over 100 years, Cornell Cooperative Extension has been a trusted resource for generations of New Yorkers. Its work is always evolving, but the mission remains constant-- helping residents, businesses, and communities thrive. [MUSIC PLAYING]