Welcome to Yellowstone County's Extension Office

**May 19, 2020*** As we look forward to the possibility of moving into Phase Two of Governor Bullock’s plan to gradually reopen the state, MSU Extension will continue its current practices of telework, online and remote instruction. Currently plans are being developed to allow classes and face to face programing to resume in accordance with social distancing requirements and other safe practices. Our office in Yellowstone County is open 8 am- 5 pm and we are committed to serving our community via phone calls, emails, and other appropriate means.

MSU Extension COVID-19 Resource webpage

Research-based coronavirus resources and websites for Montanans and their families. MSU Extension is adding to and updating resources as they become available.

Daily Lunch and Learn webinars

Join Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agents and Specialists across the state of Montana every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday through the month of May for a lunch hour webinar. Topics will focus on keeping you and your family physically and mentally healthy!  Log in starting at 11:45 am. Class begins at 12 noon.

Managing Stress during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Adjusting to social distancing, staying at home or being quarantined can result in increased stress, anxiety, and depression.  MSU Extension has several research-based online resources that may help alleviate these feelings.  If you feel you are in overwhelming distress, contact your doctor or dial 9-1-1.

Thrive for Montana: A free online Cognitive Behavior Therapy-based program for depression and anxiety.

Montana Ag Producer Stress Resource Clearinghouse: Find the resources you need to better understand and manage your stress, as well as find local, state and national resources that will help support your mental health. 

MSU Extension’s Health & Wellness webpage has a link to a National Graphic’s article on Keeping up Kids’ Mental Health during Coronavirus.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): How to East Children’s Anxiety about COVID-19.

The Yellowstone County Extension Service is an off-campus arm of the Montana State University. Our purpose is to provide informal, unbiased, research-based information, educational resources and outreach programs to youth and adults through the Land Grant University System. This unbiased base of knowledge gives people the means to meet ever changing needs and make sound decisions that impact their lives and their communities. Agents help community members interpret the information and encourage the application of it to the solution of problems.

Extension is people-oriented and encourages widespread participation of local people, regardless of race, sex, creed, color, handicap or national origin. It is education for action, directed at helping people solve problems they encounter from day to day, and the needs of people for a better life. The problems of man, involving his community, home and children are the concern of the Extension Service.

County Agents

Education is the basic job of County Extension Agents and Assistants. As educators, they represent Montana State University and the United States Department of Agriculture. They live in the county and are in daily contact with its rural people as well as those in urban areas. They become aware of the social and economic changes that affect the lives of the local people. The County Agents provide organizational structure and programs to meet changing economic and social needs.

Subject Matter Specialists

Specialists are the link between the many sources of information (including new research), the County Agent and his/her clientele. Specialists help plan educational programs and provide informational support on the subject of their specialty. The success of the Montana Extension Service has, in large measure, been due to the dedication and high standards of performance of the men and women on the field staff.

History of the Cooperative Extension Service

The roots of Extension go deep in American history. The concept that all people can benefit from education is a great part of the tradition of free America. Founding fathers developed agricultural societies that provided educational opportunities for farmers and industrial workers. They aided in creating social, political and economic climates encouraging citizens to learn and apply their knowledge. These agricultural societies were influential in the passage of legislation permitting the establishment of Colleges of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts in all states. In 1887, Agricultural Experiment Stations were authorized and the Cooperative Extension Service was established in 1914 by the Smith-Lever Act.

 The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Montana State University and the Montana State University Extension prohibit discrimination in all of their programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital and family status. Montana State University Extension encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of special accommodations or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact the Extension Office at 406-256-2828 in advance of your participation.