The Washington County Commissioners signed a resolution at their regular meeting on May 1 to recognize Cooperative Extension's 100th anniversary.
On May 8, 1914, the Smith-Lever Act was signed which formed a lasting partnership between the nation's land-grant universities and federal, state and local governments. Since the formation of this partnership Cooperative Extension has worked with farmers and ranchers to establish the US and a leading agricultural-producing country, has reached millions of youth through the 4-H program, has helped thousands manage their homes with nutrition education and safe food practices, and has helped communities and businesses grow through Extension's Community Development program.
Washington County continues to be a strong supporter of OSU Extension which has allowed the county to develop a comprehensive program covering youth, agriculture, community development and family and consumer science programs. Funding to support extension comes from a mixture of federal, state, and local sources.
Washington County Extension will be having community events to commemorate Cooperative Extension's centennial which will be announced later this year.