Williamson County's Extension Service is a cooperative division of the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture. This statewide educational organization is funded by federal, state and local governments. The Extension Service brings research-based information about agriculture, family and consumer sciences, and resource development to Williamson County. Also, the 4-H Club youth development organization is administered by the Agricultural Extension Service.
The Extension office is staffed with agents who work in various areas of agriculture, family and consumer science as well as youth development. Agents conduct educational programming through an array of teaching methods to encourage change and the adapting of practices that will improve net income and quality of life.
A strong part of the Extension Service is the link it provides to the professional staff at the University of Tennessee. Specialists in the many varied areas of Agriculture and Family and Consumer Science train agents and work through agents to conduct programs in counties and develop educational material. Hundreds of residents are provided information about agriculture and family and consumer science.
Extension gives special attention to youth. Preparing young people to become responsible, capable and involved leaders and citizens of Tennessee and the nation, is the goal of the 4-H program. This goal is accomplished by providing educational experiences for young people to gain knowledge, develop life skills, live healthy lives, make intelligent career choices and form positive attitudes - values young people will rely on throughout their lives. Tennessee has one of the largest 4-H memberships in the nation.