(Neb.)-100 Years Of Cooperative Extension Celebrated In Chadron
(Chadron)-To celebrate the 100th birthday of Cooperative Extension, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension in DawesCounty hosted a garden party Monday, August 4th at the Fairgrounds Open Air Pavilion beside the 4-HBuilding in Chadron. About 125 people reminisced about Extension education programs and past 4-H experiences. Root beer floats, provided by Farmer’s State Bank of Chadron, were served by the Dawes County Extension Board and volunteers at the Centennial Garden Party.
Cooperative Extension was started when the United States Smith-Lever Act was signed May 8, 1914 establishing the partnership of federal, state and county governments to provide research and outreach education via Land-Grant Universities. The cooperative funding of the program was unique at the time it became law. The intention of the act was to expand the agricultural, home economics, and rural energy programs in rural America. The model was for professional educators to be placed in local communities to improve lives for people of the United States with useful and practical information.
This model continues in 83 of Nebraska’s 93 counties. UNL Extension education covers a broad spectrum of topics including community vitality, 4-H Youth Development, child development, nutrition and health, beef systems, cropping systems, water and environment.
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