UACES Facebook Celebrating 100 Years - University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service Centennial

Cooperative Extension Service Centennial

Extension Car
VISITING -- A Cooperative extension agent visits with clients in this photo circa the 1930s. Cooperative extension faculty and staff still travel thousands of miles each year to visit clients and hold educational meetings.  

In 2014, Cooperative Extension Services around the country will celebrate the 100th anniversary

Green circle shaped logo with 100 years written on it

of the Smith-Lever Act, which created a unique educational entity meant to extend university research into the every day lives of Americans. 

The Smith-Lever Act of 1914 codified into federal law, and provided funding for, outreach endeavors at the Land-Grant Universities founded by the Morrill Act of 1862. The act was introduced by Senator Hoke Smith of Georgia and Representative A. F. Lever of South Carolina to expand the vocational, agricultural, and home demonstration programs in rural America. 

The appropriation for Cooperative Extension as established by Smith-Lever was unique in that it set up a shared partnership among the federal, state, and county levels of government. A formula funding mechanism was designed to insure that there was support from each of the levels to help the fledgling system achieve stability and leverage resources.