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July 18
What is Extension?

Unless you grew up on a farm or you were involved with 4-H as a youth, you may not know what Purdue Extension is. Extension engages citizens and stakeholder groups in a dialogue to help solve problems and improve our quality of life. Extension Specialists within the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources at Purdue work with others in forestry, urban forestry, fisheries, community development, natural resources, wood products, and wildlife. Their role is to provide these stakeholders with information to make informed decisions. However, just as important, stakeholders work with extension to develop the information and provide key insights into issues that extension should focus upon.

The What is Extension podcast is part of the Got Nature? podcast series. In the most recent interview, the host, Rod Williams asks Brian MacGowan, extension wildlife specialist, about the role of extension and the types of resources extension provides. Brian also provides a little bit of insight about the job of being an extension specialist at Purdue. For this and other Got Nature? podcasts,

Purdue extension is part of the Cooperative Extension Service at land-grant universities across the United States. Extension is commemorating its 100th anniversary this year.

A look at the first 100 years of Purdue Extension.
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Rod Williams, Associate Professor of Wildlife Science and Wildlife Extension Specialist
Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue University

Brian MacGowan, Extension Wildlife Specialist
Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue University

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