The Macon County Cooperative Extension office is an arm of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension based at N.C. State University and serves as the school's largest outreach program. The program began in 1914 when county, state and federal governments joined together to make knowledge more accessible to citizens through educational programming in sustaining agriculture and forestry, protecting the environment, maintaining viable communities, developing responsible youth, and developing strong, healthy and safe families.
Since sustaining frequent budget cuts over the last 13 years, officials have begun to develop a strategic plan to maintain an effective program while anticipating budget decreases. In last week's edition of The Macon County News, an overview of the program was given along with the steps being taken to develop the Strategic Vision and Planning Initiative for the Cooperative Extension. This week, we want to take a look at the way the local office impacts the people of Macon County.