What is Extension?

All Universities engage in research and teaching, but land-grant universities like Montana State University have a third critical mission- Extension. Extension means reach out and "extending" resources, solving public needs with university resources through non-formal, not credit program.

Montana State University Extension is an educational resource dedicated to improving the quality of people's lives by providing research-based knowledge to strengthen the social, economic and environmental well-being of families, communities, and agricultural enterprises.

MSU Extension offer university resources for all Montanans to explore, even if they never set foot on campus. We provide access to useful information and expert knowledge via workshops, demonstrations, community meetings, publications, videos and the Web. Extension links a network of MSU faculty, topic specialists on the MSU-Bozeman campus and our Flathead County agents, to the people.

Flathead County Extension staff is proud to provide services in the following areas:

  • 4-H and Youth Development
  • Natural Resources
  • Community and Economic Development
  • Agriculture and Horticulture
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Montana State University and the Montana State University Extension prohibit discrimination in all of their programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital and family status. Issued in furtherance of cooperative extension work in agriculture and home economics, acts of May 8 and June 30, 1914, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Jill Martz, Director of Extension, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 59717

Montana State University Extension is committed to ensuring the civil rights of its clients and employees. Every client and every employee must be treated fairly and equitably, with dignity and respect. This policy applies to all clients and employees – regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, veterans status, sexual orientation, citizenship, and marital or family status.

Montana State University Extension encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of special accommodations or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Flathead County Extension Office at 758-5553 in advance of your participation or visit.


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