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The Extension Service is the educational arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It is recognized as the largest, most successful informal educational organization in the world. Funded and guided by a partnership of federal, state, and local governments, it delivers information to help people help themselves through the land-grant university system. Programs embrace broad categories of agriculture, natural resources and environment, home economics, 4-H and other youth, and ocmmunity resource development. Extension programs are non-political, objective, and based on factual information obtained from university, government, and other sources to hellp people make their own decisions. Extension is also unique in that it has the built-in flexibility to adjust its programs and subject matter to meet new needs.