Our work across the state relies heavily on a network of research and education centers.

The Extension and Public Engagement Connection Center (EPECC) serves as a portal for the University of Illinois community and public and private partners to get connected with Extension for public impact-focused research and engagement projects. EPECC offers consulting, training, and financial support for community engaged scholarship within Extension’s five critical issue areas: food, economy, environment, community, and health.  

Extension’s agricultural centers exist to provide direct service to crop producers, landowners, crop consultants, advisors, the agricultural industry, the green industry, and commercial growers. This group of centers is a system of field laboratories and classrooms accessible without charge to clientele. The centers provide resources where faculty and staff can conduct proof-of-concept research.