Cooperative Extension and Outreach | Langston University

Cooperative Extension and Outreach

Agriculture Extension 9672
LU produces scholars who are fully prepared to become top leaders in the agriculture, education, science, technology, and farming industries. We produce leaders who have hands-on experience within our extension and outreach programs.

Our extension and outreach teams effectively collaborate with partners around the world to expand our global impact. Our top scientists, programmers, teachers, researchers, and farmers conduct research studies and provide training within the six Research Programs and Centers housed in the LU SAAS. The following extension and outreach programs are led by the SAAS teams, our collective goal is to improve outcomes for the next generation and their families. We focus on creating opportunities for students in the state and surrounding region to engage in advancement activities that will help them grow academically and increase their knowledge of the industry at an early age.

4-H Youth Development Programs
The LU 4-H Youth Development Programs are designed specifically to respond to the needs of local students beginning at the age of 5. We work to provide development opportunities through hands-on educational experiences to prepare younger students for academic advancement. Participating students will develop critical thinking skills through leadership development. We provide support and development to K-12 students in both rural and urban settings with a focus on serving the youth in underserved populations in the state and region. Our programs directly align with the National 4-H mission mandates, we are dedicated to helping Oklahoma students enhance their knowledge and skillsets at an early age.

Family and Consumer Sciences Outreach
Cooperative Extension efforts led by the Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) team provide research-based solutions for both parents and childcare workers. Through applied research methods, we provide insight and guidance that promotes health, wellness, nutrition, and best practices in child development.

Community and Economic Development
LU SAAS collaborates with local businesses, non-profit organizations, and government agencies to provide programming that is geared toward improving the economic, social, and financial well-being of the communities and families we serve. LU-SAAS facilitates economic empowerment and the preservation of urban and rural farming culture through the Freedom Farms and Greenhouse initiative.

Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)
Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) is a federally funded program with a trademark for quality. Conducted by Langston University’s Cooperative Extension Service, EFNEP paraprofessionals work with groups, individuals, and children to select more nutritional diets and increase their ability to manage a food budget. EFNEP makes a difference in the lives of Oklahoma families. EFNEP provides nutrition education, cooking tips, recipes, and money-saving ideas. Hands-on activities include: plan for savings, menu planning, label power, feeding children, breakfast makes a difference, food safety, and heart-healthy choices. Participants earn a Certificate of Completion.

Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program (2501 Program)
The primary purpose of the 2501 Program is to enhance the coordination of outreach, technical assistance, and education efforts, to reach socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners in an appropriate manner, and to improve their participation in the full range of USDA programs.