University of Wisconsin Extension Programs
The strong Wisconsin Idea tradition rests on the fact that our University of Wisconsin extends to the furthest reaches of the state and beyond. The Wisconsin Idea connects people and communities to the university and its resources. While every member of the faculty has responsibilities for outreach, several members of the Department hold joint appointments with the UW-Madison Extension as Statewide Specialists. Our statewide specialists can be found below.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison Extension, through its six program areas (Agriculture, Community Development, Health & Well-Being, Human Development & Relationships, Natural Resources, and Positive Youth Development) has a primary responsibility of making linkages between university research and the real world as experienced by the citizens of our great state. With educators and faculty in all 72 counties and on UW campuses around the state, Cooperative Extension responds to the needs of families, youth, communities, farmers, and business people. High priority programs focus on improving competitiveness and environmental sustainability in agriculture and business; conserving natural resources; managing community growth and change; and building supportive communities for families and youth.
PLA faculty work with the Extension affiliates such as, Community & Economic Development, The Northern Center for Economic Development, The Center for Land Use Education, Applied Population Lab, Wisconsin Geological and Natural Historical Survey, and Local Government Education.