Dairy-related Extension programming is important in many states, but the economic impact of such programming has received little attention. We examined the impact of Know Your Numbers, an educational program offered by the Penn State Extension Dairy Team. Using follow-up evaluation data and the economic impact tool IMPLAN, we estimated that the program had a total financial impact of $9.5 million and an employment impact of 69 jobs in 2014. The overall financial impacts of the Dairy Team, given its abundance of other programming, likely are significantly higher. Our approach for estimating the economic impact of an Extension program can be used by others to understand and demonstrate the value of their work.
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Berger, A., Kelsey, T. W., Goetz, S. J., Goodling, R. C., & Ishler, V. A. (2019). Financial Impact of Penn State Extension's Know Your Numbers Dairy Program. Journal of Extension, 57(1), Article 8. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol57/iss1/8