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Extension celebrates centennial

MONTANAFAIR

Yellowstone County MSU Extension Service, will recognize the national 100 year anniversary of Extension during MontanaFair. Join us for cake, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, at 1:30 p.m. near the Community Stage in front of the Expo Building.

In 1914, the Smith-Lever Act established the National Cooperative Extension system and Montana is part of it. Extension’s roots go back even further to 1862 with the signing of the Morrill Act. This act made it possible for new western states to establish colleges for their citizens. The new land-grant institutions, which emphasized agriculture and mechanic arts, opened opportunities to thousands of farmers and working people previously excluded from higher education.

Extension provides unbiased, research-based education programs and information to strengthen the social, economic and environmental well-being of Montana citizens.

The purpose of Extension is “better farming, better living, more happiness, more education, and better citizenship” for the “entire country.”

For more information contact Roni Baker, Yellowstone County 4-H/Youth Extension Agent at 256-2828.

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