About OSU Extension

Ohio State University Extension brings the knowledge of the university directly to you. We fulfill the land-grant mission of The Ohio State University by interpreting knowledge and research developed by Extension and other faculty and staff at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, Ohio State main campus, and other land-grant universities – so Ohioans can use the scientifically based information to better their lives, businesses and communities.

The Extension system is the world’s largest non-formal educational system. Extension’s hallmark is programming delivered by professionals to address the needs of the local community while also addressing state, national, and global issues. Our practical educational programs combine the needs of local citizens and communities with new research and technical information.

No matter which county you visit, you can find people who are helped by the four major OSU Extension program areas: family and consumer sciences, 4-H youth development, community development, and agriculture and natural resources. These program areas – and many other special topics – are continuously being evaluated and updated to meet the changing needs and issues facing each community.

Extension provides practical advice, sensible solutions, and realistic down-to-earth answers for ALL Ohioans.

About Roger Rennekamp, OSU Extension Director

Roger Rennekamp began his duties as the 12th leader of OSU Extension on January 4, 2016 -- overseeing 700+ employees and a $71 million budget.

“Roger brings a great deal of experience at all levels of the Cooperative Extension System, and is known for building collaborative relationships and partnerships,” said Bruce A. McPheron, Ohio State’s vice president for agricultural administration and dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. “Roger’s enthusiasm and energy will help create the Extension organization of the future.”

“I am honored to renew my relationship with one of the nation’s premier land grant universities,” said Rennekamp about his return to Ohio State. “The need for Extension is as great as any time in its 100-year history. Extension of the next century must remain true to key principles of community engagement and responsiveness while embracing approaches and technologies that will increase its reach and impact.”

Rennekamp most recently served as associate dean for Outreach and Engagement at Oregon State University, in Oregon State’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences. Prior to that, Rennekamp led Oregon’s 4-H youth development program. He also served as an Extension specialist in program and staff development and as a program specialist for 4-H at the University of Kentucky. He earned his B.S from the University of Kentucky, his M.S. from Morehead State University, and his Ph.D. from Ohio State.