Ohio State University Extension has been serving Butler County residents for a little more than 90 years. When Extension started in the early 1900s, with the passage of the Smith-Lever Act, more than 40% of the population lived on a farm. Therefore Extension programming in the county reflected the needs of the county - agriculture, home economics, youth development (4-H) and civics. Today, Butler County is much more metropolitan and culturally diverse. Although our programming has shifted to address the needs of today's world, we still work in similar areas - agriculture and natural resources, youth development (4-H), family and consumer sciences, and community development.  

We would like to gratefully acknowledge the continued help and support of our local county commissioners - Don Dixon, T.C. Rogers and Cindy Carpenter. Their input, participation and support of our office and our programming is greatly appreciated.

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About OSU Extension

Since 1914, Extension has been helping all Ohioans build better lives, better businesses and better communities.

Ohio State University Extension brings the knowledge of the university directly to you. We fulfill the land-grant mission of The Ohio State University by interpreting knowledge and research developed by Extension and other faculty and staff at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, Ohio State main campus, and other land-grant universities – so Ohioans can use the scientifically-based information to better their lives, businesses and communities.

The Extension system is the world’s largest non-formal educational system. Extension programs address the needs of the local community while also addressing state, national, and global issues. Our practical educational programs combine the needs of local citizens and communities with new research and technical information.

No matter which county you visit, you can find people who are helped by the four major OSU Extension program areas: family and consumer sciences, 4-H youth development, community development, and agriculture and natural resources. These program areas – and many other special topics – are continuously evaluated and updated to meet the changing needs and issues facing each community. Extension provides practical advice, sensible solutions, and realistic down-to-earth answers for ALL Ohioans.

OSU Extension is...

Our mission: Engaging people to strengthen their lives and communities through research-based educational programming.

Our vision: OSU Extension is a dynamic educational entity that partners with individuals, families, communities, business and industry, and organizations to strengthen the lives of Ohioans.