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Improving Lives in Oklahoma for a Century

by Oklahoma State University Modified: June 18, 2014 at 2:46 pm •  Published: June 23, 2014

The Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service is celebrating its first 100years of extending knowledge and changing lives.

OSU Extension has worked with Oklahoma farmers, ranchers and families since 1914, providing the latest research and information on everything from agricultural and community development to family health, gardening and 4-H.

Modern Extension offices continue to fulfill the original mission of helping all Oklahomans live the best lives possible, even if they never step inside a county office, says James Trapp, associate Extension director.

The Smith-Lever Act established the national Cooperative Extension Service in 1914. The legislation created a unique partnership between county, state and federal governments, and provides funding through land-grant schools to expand vocational, agricultural, and home and family programs beyond the universities.

The Extension Service employs county educators and specialists at the area, district and state levels. These professionals develop science-based educational programs to help Oklahomans solve local issues and concerns, promote leadership and manage resources wisely.

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