Urban Extension Library

Urban Extension Library

Extension work has a rich history in urban, suburban, and rural communities. This library archives comprehensive resources from urban Extension events, publications, and milestones.

National Urban Extension Historical Timeline

View the National Urban Extension Interactive Historical Timeline online.


- 2022 NUEL Accomplishments
- 2021 NUEL Accomplishment Report and 2022 NUEL Goals and Priorities
- Dialogue on Racism Hosted by NUEL, Final Report (2020)
- The Leading Edge Dialogue Series (from the 2019 National Urban Extension Conference)
- National Urban Extension Initiative Implementation Plan (2019)
- National Urban Extension Framework (2015)
- The Land-Grant Tradition, APLU (2012) - Extension History, but not specifically urban
- North Central Region Metropolitan Food Systems Report (2011)
- Extension in the Urban West (2008)
- Urban Extension: A National Agenda - A Report of the National Extension Urban Task Force (1996)
- Cooperative Extension Programming in Nine Metropolitan Counties (1980)
A People and a Spirit (1969)
- Urban Extension - A Report on Experimental Programs Assisted by the Ford Foundation (1966)
A Study of Problems and Practices of Cooperative Extension and General Extension in Land-Grant Colleges and Universities, and non-Land-Grant State Universities (1954)

Urban Extension Strategic Plans

Florida's Urban Extension Strategic Plan
A Strategic Plan for Introducing, Implementing, Managing, and Monitoring an Urban Extension Platform - Florida - JOE Article
Organizational Priorities for Advancing Cooperative Extension in Selected Urban Counties in Florida - JAE Article
Tampa Bay Extension Agents' Views of Urban Extension: Philosophy and Program Strategies - JHSE Article
Kentucky's Urban Extension Focus - JOE Article
Framework for Programming in Michigan’s Cities & Metropolitan Regions Summary; full plan
Urban Extension Programs - Texas - JOE Article
North Carolina Cooperative Extension Challenges to Working in an Urban Context
Oregon State University Extension Metro Initiative Extension Metro Model: A Work in Progress
A Report of the Utah State University Metro/Urban Extension Task Force
Extension in the Urban West
The Western Center for Metropolitan Extension and Research

National Urban Extension Conferences

National Urban Extension Conference Keynote Speaker Summary
2022 Camden, New Jersey
2021 Virtual 
2019 Seattle, Washington
2017 Minneapolis, Minnesota
2015 Atlanta, Georgia
2013 Overland Park, Kansas 
2011 Des Moines, Iowa
2009 Milwaukee, Wisconsin
2007 Kansas City, Missouri
2005 Dallas, Texas
2003 Chicago, Illinois
2001 Cleveland, Ohio
1999 Detroit, Michigan
1997 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 
1996 Denver, Colorado
1995 Atlanta, Georgia - Presentations
1994 San Diego, California  - Presentations
1993 Indianapolis, Indiana
1991 Chicago, Illinois
1988 St. Paul, Minnesota


-The Journal of Human Sciences and Extension (JHSE) published an urban-themed issue (May 2022).

-The Journal of Human Sciences and Extension (JHSE) published an urban-themed issue (June 2017).

-The Journal of Extension (JOE) is a rigorous, peer-reviewed journal that brings the scholarship of university outreach and engagement to educators and practitioners around the world.
     • Search JOE's current site for recent articles (2001-today) or search JOE's archive site (1963-2020).
     • Recent urban Extension framework article (Oct, 2017)

-2015 Literature Database for Metropolitan Extension
WCMER research fellow Marie Ruemenapp (Michigan State University) conducted an extensive search of existing published literature relevant to metropolitan Extension.

-The Metropolitan Universities Journal (MUJ) is the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities’ (CUMU) quarterly online journal. This journal disseminates scholarship on topics impacting urban and metropolitan colleges and universities.

- Engagement Scholarship Journals
- Journal of Agriculture Education
- Journal of a NACAA
- Journal of NEAFCS
- Journal of the Community Development Society
Journal of Community Engagement & Scholarship
- Journal of International Agricultural and Extension Education
- International Journal of Agricultural Extension
- Journal Rankings of Urban Studies

Additional Academic Resources

- Joint Council of Extension Professionals
Literature Database for Metropolitan Extension
- Association for International Agricultural and Extension Agents
- Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP)
- The Experiment Station Committee on Organization and Policy (ESCOP)
- Land-Grant.org
- Land Grant Impacts
- USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Extension: Improving lives in rural and urban areas
- Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU)
- Council of 1890 Institutions (Historically Black Colleges and Universities)
- Western Center for Metropolitan Extension and Research (WCMER)
- Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU)
- Urban Serving Universities (USU)
- Engaged Scholarship Consortium
- Urban Affairs Association
- Urban University 
- Center for Urban and Regional Analysis at The Ohio State University
- NUEL Extension Resources
- Extension Foundation Publications
- Leading Edge Dialog Series

National Urban Extension Leaders Meetings

- National Urban Extension Leaders Website
- May 24-26, 2016 Columbus, OH


- The History of the Land-Grant Colleges & Universities - Link to the webinar (APLU, 10 minutes)
- APLU & Board on Agriculture Assembly Overview - Link to the webinar (APLU, 15 minutes)
- USDA NIFA Overview - Link to the webinar (APLU, 17 minutes)
- Western Center for Metropolitan Extension and Research Webinar Archive
- Ohio State University: OSU in the City.  (Metropolitan Extension Models Series, Aug 27, 2015)
- Next Generation Extension: Key Insights to Leading an Urban Extension Program Link to the webinar (ECOP, 59 minutes)

Video Seminars

View the Video Seminars.

Conference Presentations

2024 Urban Food Systems Symposium - Urban University Food Systems Roles and Reflections
2018 National Extension Directors and Administrators (NEDA) and Cooperative Extension Section (CES) Business Meeting
         National Urban Extension Initiative Implementation Plan
2017 Southern Urban Extension Summit, Keynote: Trends and Possibilities for Urban Extension
2016 Southern Region PLN, AEA & ASRED Joint Meeting, Pre-Conference on Urban Extension
2016 National Association of Community Development Professionals (NACDEP) Conference
         Competency in the City
2015 Annual OSU Extension Conference
         Extension in the City: Past, Present, and Future - Poster
         Innovation in the City - Presentation (PowerPoint)
2015 National Association of Extension Program and Staff Development Professionals (NAEPSDP) Conference
         Quick Hit Session on Extension in the City - NAEPSDP Powerpoint 
         National Framework for Urban Extension Report
2015 National Extension Technology (NETC) Conference, Technology in the City
2015 Community Development Society (CDS) Conference
2015 National Association of Community Development Professionals (NACDEP) Conference
2015 National Urban Extension Conference

To add a resource to the database, please email Dr. Julie Fox at Fox.264.