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The Alabama Cooperative Extension System is the primary outreach and engagement organization for the land-grant mission of Alabama A&M University and Auburn University in cooperation with Tuskegee University. Our unique combination of core values differentiates Extension in today’s education marketplace.

  • Research-based programs, materials, and educational activities
  • Positive relationships with clients, communities, partners, and stakeholders
  • Relevant programming that addresses current societal challenges and opportunities

We help millions of Alabamians.

We provide research-based educational programs in agriculture; forestry, wildlife, and natural resources; family and consumer sciences; economic and community development; 4-H and youth development; and urban affairs.

We use innovative methods to deliver educational content to communities and homes.

Our technical capabilities expand our reach and save time and money for our educators and partners: website (www.aces.edu), self-paced, online courses, mobile applications, digital books, and interactive videoconferences.

We build strong and effective partnerships.

We have been in the partnership business for a century to secure private partnerships and grants. We also receive funding and resources from the following: federal, state, and county appropriations, federal grants, and county donations of office space and utilities.

Extension Impact

778 Employees including statewide, regional, and county educators and support staff


Numbers of different Extension properties across the state

  • 67 County Offices
  • 09 Urban Centers
  • 06 Research & Extension Centers
  • 03 Plant Diagnostic Laboratories
  • 01 4-H Center
  • 01 Agribition Center
  • 01 Graham Farm & Nature Center

Partner With Us

We are committed to ensuring that all people we serve have access to science-based information that improves quality of life and economic well-being in a way that connects and inspires continued advancement in every community.

How We Work to Achieve Our Goals


Logic Model

Inputs (resources needed)Outputs (activities & participation)
Outcomes (measurable differences) – Short-termOutcomes (measurable differences) – Mid-term (Mission)Outcomes (measurable differences) – Long-term (Vision)
ExpertiseWorkshops conductedAwareness createdBehavior changedImproved conditions
PersonnelParticipants reachedKnowledge gainedDecisions madeNew standard or benchmark
• enterprise
• environment
• society
• sustainable
FundingProducts developedProblems identifiedPractices implemented

New standard or benchmark
• enterprise
• environment
• society
• sustainable

Stakeholder buy-inServices renderedAttitudes changedRecommendations adopted

Positive economic effect

Available research resultsArticles writtenSkills learnedProfitability increased

Enhanced quality

Educational materialsWeb pages developedIncentives createdPolicy enacted

Revitalized community

TimeMedia contacted


Importance—Is effort valued by stakeholders? Is effort making a difference?

Reasonable—Is effort connected to planned activities? Does effort fit under goal?

Realistic—Is effort doable considering available resources, stakeholder engagement, relevance to end users?

Measurable—Can changes be measured and documented?


Dr. J. Mike Phillips

Dr. Majed El-Dweik

  • 1890 Extension Administrator
  • Alabama A&M University
  • (256) 372-7010
  • mze0055@aces.edu

Dr. Paul W. Brown

  • Extension Associate Director
  • Auburn University
  • (334) 844-5546
  • pbrown@aces.edu

Dr. Jennifer Wells Marshall

  • Extension Associate Director
  • Alabama A&M University
  • (256) 690-9183
  • wellsja@aces.edu


Paul W. Brown, Associate Director, Alabama Cooperative Extension System

Revised January 2024, A Ready Partner, EX-0090

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