WAUSHARA County Extension

With an office in each Wisconsin county, Cooperative Extension develops practical educational programs tailored to local needs and based on university knowledge and research.

County-based Extension educators are University of Wisconsin faculty and staff who are experts in agriculture and agribusiness, community and economic development, natural resources, family living and youth development.

Extension county-based faculty and staff live and work with the people they serve in communities across the state. Extension specialists work on UW System campuses where they access current research and knowledge. Collaboration between county and campus faculty is the hallmark of Cooperative Extension in Wisconsin.

State funded universities and research officially began in 1862 with Abraham Lincoln's ratification of the Morrill Act which endowed states with large parcels of land that were sold to help fund universities and research stations.

These universities were a great success. They were often free or of nominal cost to state residents and in many cases the only source of non-biased information for state residents. This success paired with more progressive governors of the early 1900's, mainly Robert LaFollette of Wisconsin and Teddy Roosevelt of New York, helped influence county level university agents (Wisconsin's first was in 1912) and eventually the 1914 Smith-Lever Act with provided federal support for university extension services in all land-grant universities.

Those progressive notions of making the universities resources available to every state resident and never letting research that could improve our lives sit on a shelf are what we try to make a reality for Waushara residents. We are located in the basement of the Wautoma Courthouse and offer information in the areas of agriculture, community resource development, family living, and youth development.


Contact WAUSHARA County Extension

Barb Barker
Department Head
209 S St Marie
Wautoma, Wisconsin  54982-0487
Phone: 920-787-0416
Fax: 920-787-0425


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Waushara County, Wisconsin

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