We undertook a study to determine county commissioner perceptions of Cooperative Extension. The majority of county commissioners had had prior involvement with Extension. Nearly 59% represented rural counties, and 94% indicated that agriculture is important to their county economies. Overall, the commissioners had a positive perception of Cooperative Extension, and their overall perception positively correlated with the significance of agriculture to the local economy. Our findings have implications for county-based Cooperative Extension professionals seeking to build all-important strong partnerships with county commissioners.
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Blevins, M., Jayaratne, K. S., Bruce, J., Bradley, L., & Stumpf-Downing, M. (2021). County Commissioner Perceptions of Cooperative Extension: Implications for Strengthening the Partnership with County Government. Journal of Extension, 58(4), Article 22. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol58/iss4/22