McDowell County Cooperative Extension is a community education program that is a part of NC State University, NC A&T University, and McDowell County. We connect the research of the universities with the citizens of McDowell County through educational programs. Extension programs address three issues: the economy, education, and health. We provide youth programming to develop important life skills. We work with agricultural producers to help improve their production and profitability. We help citizens save money through landscaping and gardening information and demonstrations. We serve as leaders for food safety and preservation while promoting overall health in the community. People need credible information on issues they face today and Extension programs have the solutions to improve their lives.