About Us

University of Wisconsin-Extension is a unique partnership of counties, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the University of Wisconsin working together to help people put knowledge to work. It reflects the vision that has become known as The Wisconsin Idea.

This partnership brings education to people where they live, through Extension offices, in each of Wisconsin’s counties. It supports educational programs for farmers, businesses, communities, families and young people.

UW-Extension uses education to help people understand and solve problems. Educational programs developed and conducted by county-based educators reflect local concerns. They apply knowledge from the University of Wisconsin, other universities and the United States Department of Agriculture.

Through this unique partnership, educators work with the Dane County Extension Committee and other local groups to identify needs for education and design programs to meet those needs.

The purpose Purpose, Vision and Valuesto which we commit…

We teach, learn, lead and serve, connecting people with the University of Wisconsin, and engaging with them in transforming lives and communities.

View our UWEX Cooperative Extension Divisional Purpose, Vision, and Values (PDF).

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