UW-Extension brings practical applications of university research and knowledge to the boundaries of the state. We deliver education to people where they live and work – on the farm, in schools and community centers. Here’s a look at how UW-Extension impacts Wisconsin by the numbers.

UW-Extension Impact Infographic

UW-Extension Infographic

UW-Extension by the Numbers Infographic


  • Offices in all 72 counties
  • On 5 four-year university campuses
  • And within 3 tribal nations
  • 26,000+ statewide volunteers
  • More than 1 million teaching contacts in 2014


  • More than $52.6 million in volunteer hours
  • Our programming supports Wisconsin’s farms and agricultural businesses, which generate more than $88.3 billion in economic activity and 413,500 jobs.
  • The expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program has a successful 40-year history and saves states and families money. For every dollar invested in EFNEP, health care costs were reduced by $8.82 in a group of Midwestern states.


  • 4-H clubs conduct an average of 5 community service projects per year. That equals 10,000 community service projects annually.
  • The Leadership Wisconsin organization has over 400 alumni from 67 different counties, who are leading at the local, state and national level.
  • Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey has a library of over 600,000 feed of rock core used by researchers from mining companies, water utilities, academia and non-profits worth $120+ million.
  • Our water resource programs work to protect Wisconsin’s 15,000 lakes and 84,000 miles of rivers. Since 1997 volunteers have cleaned up garbage, collecting more than 130,000 lbs of trash.
  • The Agriculture and Natural Resources Program has a positive impact on nearly every Wisconsin cow, gallon of milk, quart of specialty ice cream, wedge of cheese, bratwurst, bag of potato chips and dish of cranberry sauce.