Cooperative Extension (CE) is the public education arm of the University of California's Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR).
CE provides a direct link between all citizens of California and the research, teaching and public service activities of the University. The CE mission is to extend research knowledge and information to empower people to improve and enhance their lives.
A unique partnership between the University of California (UC) at the state level, the County of Santa Barbara (SB Co.), and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) implements this mission through the County Cooperative Extension office.
This cooperative arrangement was initiated by the federal Smith-Lever Act in 1914. In 1927 the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors created a county support base to work with the University of California and the United States Department of Agriculture in providing educational programs for county residents on topics of agriculture, foods and nutrition, food safety, family relations, food preservation, family economics, and youth development. Support for family and consumer sciences was added later.