What is Cooperative Extension? 

U.S. Sen. Justin Morrill, author of the 1862 and 1890 Morrill Acts that established land-grant institutions. In 2015, the 1890 Land-Grant System celebrates 125 years of providing access and enhancing opportunities!

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DSU Celebrates 125!

Cooperative Extension is an essential part of the land-grant mission. Learn how and why land-grant universities came to be


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Below are links to agencies that help shape and implement the national Extension mission.

Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities

1890 Cooperative Extension System

Delaware Department of Agriculture


Journal of Extension

National Institute of Food and Agriculture


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National System, Local Connection

•Extension is in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Territories, as a mission mandate for land-grant universities.
•Extension has a presence in nearly all of the nation's 3,150 counties.
•Extension is available anytime anywhere at www.extension.org

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Since the days of George Washington Carver, Seaman A. Knapp and Booker T. Washington, the national Extension system has been delivering research-based education to rural communities throughout America. The Cooperative Extension Program at Delaware State University continues that legacy throughout Delaware by targeting diverse audiences with special emphasis on those with limited resources to help them improve their quality of life.

DSU is among the 19 institutions in the U.S. providing research-based, outreach education through the 1890 land-grant system. In Delaware, the program is administered by Dr. Albert Essel.

As part of Delaware Cooperative Extension, state specialists and agents at DSU and the University of Delaware make research-based education available to all Delawareans.

Extension Mission Areas

DSU Cooperative Extension is comprised of three mission areas that reflect statewide and national outreach education goals:

Agriculture & Natural Resources
Center for Small Flock Research and Innovation

Family & Consumer Science 

4-H & Youth Development


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Do you Know any 14 - 17-year-olds who want to learn about the many careers in agriculture? For free*? Tell them about AgDiscovery!

DSU is one of 17 land-grant universities offering an AgDiscovery camp each summer. This USDA-APHIS program teaches middle and high schoolers about agri-business, and plant and animal science. Students will live on the campus they apply to during the camp. 

AgDiscovery at DSU offers agribusiness, which explores the aspects of food production. For more information on the DSU program, contact Mr. Harry Thayer: 302.857.6434, hthayer@desu.edu.

*Students selected to participate are only responsible for roundtrip transportation to the program site and back home. All costs associated with room and board, and camp activities are covered for the duration of the program.

Application deadline: March 6, 2015. Get the application online: www.aphis.usda.gov/agdiscovery

Click the eXtension link below to ask questions about the following topics:

Cooperative Extension Education in Agriculture, 4-H and Home Economics, Delaware State University, University of Delaware and United States Department of Agriculture cooperating, Dr. Dyremple B. Marsh, Dean and Administrator. It is the policy of Delaware Cooperative Extension that no person shall be subjected to discrimination on the grounds of race, color, sex, disability, age, or national origin.




Cooperative Extension


Staff Profile

Associate Dean
for Extension
4-H & Youth Development Agent

Donna P. Brown
Program Leader
Family & Consumer Science

Senior Secretary
Administrative Secretary
SNAP-Ed Nutrition Educator
SARE Educator
Extension Specialist
John Clendaniel
Program Leader
SNAP-Ed Nutrition Educator
Extension Educator/ Urban Horticulture
Program Assistant
Natasha Lamadieu
EFNEP Nutrition Educator

Dr. Brigid McCrea
Poultry Specialist

Dr. Dennis McIntosh
Aquaculture Specialist

Dr. Rose Ogutu
Horticulture Specialist

Dr. Lekha N. Paudel
Farm Management Specialist / Risk Management
SNAP-Ed Program Coordinator

Megan Pleasanton
Small Farms Educator
Youth Program Educator
Program Leader
Small Farms Educator
Andy Wetherill
Small Farms Educator