The Cooperative Extension Service is nationwide and was established by the Smith-Lever Act of 1914. It is a partnership between state land grant universities, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the county governments throughout the nation. All of these groups share in the planning, financing, and operation of extension programs. In Florida, the Cooperative Extension Service is administered by the University of Florida.
The IFAS mission is to provide research-based information to the community. Extension is the outlet for this information and is carried out with the cooperation of the 67 counties in Florida, USDA, and FAMU. Some of the goals of IFAS Extension include:
- To provide non-formal education for all ages
- To help people identify and understand their needs and to use new technology in solving them