Last week the Alabama Cooperative Extension System celebrated the centennial of the Smith-Lever Act that created a national Extension system. The partnership between federal, state, and local policy makers formed the relationships among funding partners that keeps the Extension system highly accountable and responsive to contemporary issues. With the Smith-Lever Act, Extension became the third mission of the land-grant university system and provides the integration necessary for Extension to deliver research-based information.
Many county Extension offices across the state celebrated May 8 in various ways. Some gatherings were serious and others were light hearted. A common theme was the number of people who commented on how their life was shaped by Extension programs and Extension professionals.
Governor Robert Bentley signed a commendation document on May 8, 2014 recognizing the important role that the Alabama Cooperative Extension System has played in Alabama’s past. The Governor’s document also challenges Extension to play an active role in shaping Alabama’s future.
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