Celebrating 100 Years of Extension!
The Smith-Lever Act of 1914 established the Cooperative Extension Service, which allows us all to benefit from the knowledge of our land-grant universities. Extension has helped millions of Floridians by tapping the latest information from the research engines of the University of Florida and Florida A&M University and converting it into practical knowledge we use every day.
In 2014, in Florida and across the nation, we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act by looking back on Extension’s record of service and educational outreach and by looking forward to the many challenges facing us over the next 100 years.
Visit the following links to get more information on the Smith-Lever Act and Extension:
- Land Grant & Sea Grant: The Smith-Lever Act
- Land Grant & Sea Grant: Acts, History & Institutions
- Land Grant, Sea Grant & Extension Timeline
- 100 Years of Extension Video
- Smith-Lever Anniversary Blog
Visit the following links for more Extension resources:
- About UF/IFAS Extension
- UF Smathers Library: Florida Agriculture and Rural Life Collection
- Florida Memory: Extension
- History of 4-H in Florida
- Pinterest: 100 Years of Extension
- February 6-17 — Centennial Anniversary Display at the Florida State Fair Ag Hall of Fame, Tampa.
- February 28 (11 am-1 pm) — CAFS Spring Convocation/Centennial Anniversary Lecture. Speaker: Dr. Dana Chandler, Tuskegee University. Topic: “Extension in the South”. Perry Paige Auditorium 1740 MLK Blvd. Free to the public. Contact FAMU Extension Office: (850) 599-3546
- April 16 (9 am-4 pm) — Centennial Crop Block Party/Sensory Garden. Perry Paige Building, Pinder Dr. FAMU Campus. Contact Dr. Alex Bolques (850) 875-7255 firstname.lastname@example.org
- April 17 — Centennial Anniversary. Plaza of the Americas, UF Campus, Gainesville.
- May 8 (10 am-2 pm) — 100th Anniversary Extension Birthday Party @ the FAMU Quadrangle. Contact FAMU Extension office (850) 599-3546
- May 8 — Centennial Anniversary Events (TBD).
- August 29 — EPAF Dean’s Administration Luncheon, Wyndam Bay Point Resort, Panama City Beach
If you have information about an Extension Centennial event happening in your county, please contact Darryl Palmer at IFAS Communication Services (email@example.com; ph. 352-392-3317)
- March 3-5, 2014 – Council for Agricultural Research, Extension and Teaching (CARET) Annual Meeting, Washington D.C. (In addition to a session about the Centennial, a reception on Capitol Hill is tentatively scheduled for early evening, Wednesday, March 5, 2014.)
- April 6-9, 2014 – Public Issues Leadership Development (PILD) Conference, Alexandria, VA.
- May 5-8 – Convocation & National Awareness Events, Washington D.C. – The primary day of celebration will be on Thursday, May 8, 2014 with wrap-around events during the week.
Download the Smith-Lever Anniversary Toolkit (For Extension Personnel)