Purdue Lawrence County Extension Office

What is the Purdue Universiy Cooperative Extension Service?

The Cooperative Extension Service is one of the nation’s largest providers of scientific research-based information & education. It is a network of colleges, universities, & the U.S. Department of Agriculture that serves communities & counties across America. Our educators, specialists, & volunteers live & work in all 92 Indiana counties. We are the link between Land Grant university research & Indiana citizens, providing practical solutions to local issues. We provide information & expertise that’s available in the form you want, when you want it. 


4-H Youth Development

MISSION: 4-H prepares young people to be leaders in their community & world through hands-on experiences alongside their peers & caring adults. Youth across Indiana can be involved in a 4-H program in different ways. A dedicated network of Extension educators, local leaders, & volunteer staff, makes Indiana 4-H one of the most valued youth programs in the state. Youth educators develop individual talents, life skills, & leadership abilities among Indiana’s young people through the traditional venue of 4-H clubs & county fairs, but also through field-tested school enrichment programs & local-led community programs.


Health and Human Sciences

MISSION: To provide education to people of all ages in Indiana's 92 counties. The community is our classroom – where we bring university information to the local level & help strengthen families, spend smart, eat right, & live well. Education on family, food, health, & money helps people & communities:

  • Identify & meet needs of families - from babies to seniors - through collaboration & coalition-building with agencies, organizations, & educational groups
  • Understand the relationship between nutrition, physical activity, the environment, & our health
  • Deal with challenges of both parenting/caring for children & caring for elderly family members
  • Acquire money management skills
  • Be knowledgeable about safe food handling & preservation techniques


Nutrition Education Program

MISSION: To help limited-resource individuals & families make healthy food choices within a limited budget & be physically active.

  • Community Wellness Coordinators collaborate with local partners to expand community options for healthy eating & physical activity using a policy, systems, & environmental approach
  • NEP Assistants provide nutrition lessons in schools, community centers, & homes, improving individual knowledge & skills related to: balanced meal planning, food purchasing & preparation, food safety, & food resource management


AG & Natural Resources

MISSION: To provide a current source of research- based information, along with education & training assistance, to individuals & businesses with agricultural-related needs & interests.

  • Educational linkage between community & Indiana agriculture
  • A resource for lawn & garden questions
  • Educational programs focusing on current interests to the community
  • Cooperative programming with other community agriculture businesses
  • Assisting individuals in the proper use of pesticides and environmentally safe measures

CDC Obesity Prevention

MISSION: To work with the community to identify & implement effective obesity-reduction strategies through improved nutrition & physical activity.

  • Empower Live Well Lawrence County health coalition to promote evidence-based strategies to prevent obesity
  • Increase opportunities for physical activity
  • Promote healthy food choices


Community Development

MISSION: To help communities resolve locally-determined issues by providing unbiased information & assistance, & to develop leadership potential.

  • Strengthen communication of boards & councils
  • Establish goal-setting & Enhance decision-making
  • Resolve public issues



  • Lesley Lodmell
  • County Extension Director
    4-H Youth Development Educator

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