The roots of today’s agricultural extension services reach all the way back to the early 1800s when landowners, farmers, and scientists gathered to talk shop at agricultural societies and clubs. Congress formalized the USDA’s Extension Service a century ago with passage of the Smith Lever Act. American farmers and livestock operators have long been recognized as the world’s most successful. Agreements with 100-plus land-grant colleges and universities make it all possible. How has Extension or 4-H impacted your land, your family’s property, or your community? Share your story on Twitter at #Ext100Years.
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Photo Credit: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service