National Institute of Food & Agriculture (4-H National Headquarters) The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is the federal partner in the Cooperative Extension System. NIFA provides federal funding to the system and, through program leadership, helps the system identify and address current issues and problems. 4‑H is the youth development program of NIFA, which houses the 4‑H National Headquarters in Washington, DC.
The Cooperative Extension System is a nationwide, non-credit educational network. Each U.S. state and territory has a state office at its land-grant university and a network of local or regional offices. These offices are staffed by experts who provide useful, practical, and research-based information to agricultural producers, small-business owners, youth, consumers, and others in rural areas and communities of all sizes.
Youth development educators from the nation’s 100+ land-grant universities and the Cooperative Extension System use cutting-edge research to support volunteers and communities in providing youth with rich, educational, hands-on learning programs and activities. This network provides 4‑H youth with the positive environments they need to become fearless leaders.
National 4-H Council National 4‑H Council is the private sector, non-profit partner of 4‑H National Headquarters located at the National Institute Food and Agriculture (NIFA) within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). 4‑H programs are implemented by the nation’s 100+ land-grant colleges and universities and the Cooperative Extension System through 3,000 local offices across the country.
Joint Council of Extension Professionals JCEP is the collective professional association of Extension Professionals to provide support, guidance, and advocacy for the Extension profession. Six sister organizations to NAE4HA incorporate the Joint Council of Extension Professionals and include the Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals, Epsilon Sigma Phi, the National Association of County Agricultural Agents, the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals, the National Association of Extension Program & Staff Development Professionals, the National Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences, and NAE4HA.