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Celebrate Extension’s Centennial by Sharing Your Extension Story!

If you are a 4-H’er, a farmer or backyard gardener who works with your local Extension agent, or a part of a Land Grant University – tell us how Extension has helped, improved or even changed your life using #Ext100Years!

If you are a 4-H’er, a farmer or backyard gardener who works with your local Extension agent, or a part of a Land Grant University – tell us how Extension has helped, improved or even changed your life using #Ext100Years!

One hundred years ago, Congress passed the Smith-Lever Act, expanding on the federal government’s partnership with the Land-Grant University System to create the Cooperative Extension System. This is 100 years of Extension making a positive impact in the lives of Americans.

Today, USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) partners with more than 100 land-grant universities in pursuit of openness, accessibility and service through Cooperative Extension. NIFA’s support of Extension allows these universities to take their science and knowledge to the local level – to the farmers, ranchers, families and consumers who need it most.

This year, NIFA is celebrating 100 years of Extension by acknowledging the people Extension helps the most – YOU! There are countless stories across the country of how this organization has contributed to the success of individual farmers and ranchers, families and youth. I can personally attest to this as Extension has played a role in my life since I joined 4-H in elementary school, worked for Extension during college at Iowa State University and now at NIFA.

Share your Extension story! Using Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube or your blog, I invite you to help us share the important role Extension plays all across the country. Use the hashtag #Ext100Years and tweet it to us at @usda_nifa. Creativity is encouraged and we’ll share some of our favorites.

The successes of Extension in the past 100 years lay the groundwork for another 100 years of extending knowledge and changing lives.

One Response to “Celebrate Extension’s Centennial by Sharing Your Extension Story!”

  1. Jodie Brooks says:

    My Dad and I started to show hogs so he enrolled me in the local 4-H. Through monthly meetings, activities, projects and more, I learned responsibility, social skills, speaking skills, professionalism, how to take initiative, community involvement, marketing and is probably the biggest reason I continue to work in ag today. More than all of the professional skills I gained, I also had the privilege of gaining friendships that continue to this day and a host of memories of time spent with my dad…memories that I have continued to pull from after his passing in January. For me, 4-H was more than a club. It was a catalyst for my own accomplishments, for goal setting, for learning and for exposure to so many more opportunities than I would have had on my own.

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