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Section A: General News

AgriLife Extension celebrates 100 years


AgriLife Extension celebrates 100 years
Contributed This May, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service joins other Cooperative Extension services around the United States in celebrating the 100th anniversary of the signing of the federal Smith-Lever Act on May 8, 1914. This act provides for cooperative agricultural extension work at the nation’s land-grant colleges — and county governments are vital partners in that work. As part of the celebration, Wilson County AgriLife Extension representatives presented the Extension’s “Building a Better Texas” award May 12 to the Wilson County Commissioners Court. They joined other county presentations across Texas, recognizing the decades of cooperation and support. County Extension offices are located in 250 of Texas’ 254 counties, and Extension serves every county. Bryan Davis, AgriLife Extension agent for Wilson County, said, “We want our county government to know how much we appreciate the partnership we have developed over the years. Without their support, we would not have been able to serve the people of Wilson County as well as we have, and many Texans would have missed opportunities to benefit from the practical, university-based information that Extension offers.” AgriLife Extension provides dozens of popular programs, including Texas 4-H and Youth Development, Texas Master Gardeners and Junior Master Gardeners, Do Well Be Well with Diabetes, and many more. It also works one on one with local farmers, ranchers, and landowners; provides wildlife services; diagnoses plant diseases; trains pesticide applicators; and even trains county officials in the basics of serving their communities.


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This May, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service joins other Cooperative Extension services around the United States in celebrating the 100th anniversary of the signing of the federal Smith-Lever Act on May 8, 1914. This act provides for cooperative agricultural extension work at the nation’s land-grant colleges -- and county governments are vital partners in that work.  . . .

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