1 2014 Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Centennial Celebration100 years of service&Dedicated VolunteersWow! Can you believe it? Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, part of the U.S. Cooperative Extension Program is 100 years old. That’s 100 years of helping our clientele with real life issues. That’s 100 years of working side by side with you, our Extension volunteers. This evening is a tribute to you – our Extension volunteers of Fort Bend County.
2 Go West Young Men & Women Settlers began moving west of the Mississippi River by wagon-train to explore vast new lands and to take advantage of land grants offered by the federal government.
3 18701880Soon after, rail-lines brought more settlers to all parts of the “west” like never before.1890
4 The Structure of the Land Grant University System Morrill Act , 1890Hatch ActLandGrantUniversity SystemTEACHINGRESEARCHThis is just a picture to help drive home the message of the three pieces of the Land-Grant System, so everyone can see the connection. The Land-Grant System consist of 3 parts: Teaching (established by the Morrill Act of 1862, amended in 1890 and again in 1990), Research (established by the Hatch Act of 1887); and Extension (established by the Smith-Lever Act of 1914).EXTENSIONSmith–Lever Act
5 Beginning of the Land Grant University System The Morrill Act of 1862, 1890, 1990Sen. Justin S. Morrill (R-Vt)Beginning of the Land Grant University SystemSenator Justin Smith Morrill's 1862 Land-Grant Act, followed by the second Act in 1890, allocated the funds from the sale of federal lands to support new Land-Grant colleges and universities that taught agriculture, business, engineering, mechanics and home economics. Today the 105 Land-Grant colleges and universities have over 25 million graduates worldwide.With the influx of easterners, farming and ranching became a necessity within the new frontier. Survival depended on begin able to produce enough food for a family and livestock each and every year. With that necessity in mind, President Lincoln signed into law on July 2, 1862 the Morrill Land Grant Act of 1862 which establishes land-grant universities to teach to teach “branches of learning as are related to agriculture and the mechanic arts.”
6 Our Legacy BeginsPresident Abraham Lincoln said, at the signing of the Morrill Act, which established the Land Grant University System - “The Land grant university system is being built on behalf of the people, who have invested in these public universities their hopes, their support and their confidence.”
7 Hatch Act of 1887Established by US Congressmen William H. Hatch (D-Mo.), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee$15,000 to each Land Grant University to create experiment stations to test various Ag-related concepts.Signed by President Grover Cleveland, nd President of the United StatesThe Hatch Act of 1887 essentially formed the Research Stations as part of the Land Grant System which eventually gave rise to CREES (Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service)
8 then came…. Seaman A. Knapp “The Father ofCooperative Extension”Teacher, ProfessorFarmerCollege presidentDirector of La. Farm Colonization effortsFirst demonstration in Kauffman Co. TX.Instrumental in forming the Smith-Lever ActChronology:Born in Schroon, Essex County, NY1856 Graduated from Union College, Schenectady, NYTaught School in New York and Vermont1866 Moved to Iowa to Farm Corn and Raise PigsSuperintendent for the Iowa College for the BlindEditor of Western Stock Holders and Farmer’s JournalProfessor of Agriculture, Iowa State CollegeCollege President, Iowa State CollegeDirector of Colonization Effort in Louisiana1904 Established first Demonstration in Kaufman County, TXNational Demonstration LeaderApril 1911 DiedMajor Accomplishments:Developed a school for girls (Ripley Female School), around 1860Established agriculture demonstration through federal funding, early 1880'sHelped author the Experiment Station Act, 1882Heavily involved directly and indirectly in the Hatch Act of 1887Provided crop demonstration work with rice while in Louisiana,Founded the Southwestern Rice Industry,Assisted in the developed the first county demonstration work, 1903Organized the “U.S.D.A. Demonstration System”, 1904Instrumental in the Smith-Lever Act, 1914 (after his death)Instrumental in the Extension Service Administrators Farm Adjustment Act in counties, 1933 (after his death)“What a man hears, he may doubt. What he sees, he may possibly doubt. What he does himself, he cannot doubt.”
9 Smith-Lever Act of 1914 (aka: Agriculture Extension Act) But we needed more, having a Land Grant University System and people across the nation in need, was not enough. The people needed more.In order to inform people about current developments in agriculture, home economics, public policy & government, and youth development & leadership - the universities needed a “department” so to speak, with “boots on the ground” to extend new knowledge gained by each land grant system across the nation to “connect” or reach out to each and every American. A cooperative extension of the Land Grant University System was the answer and the vision of both Senator Michael “Hoke” Smith of Georgia and Senator Asbury Lever of South Carolina.Sen. Michael Hoke Smith (D-GA)Sen. Asbury Lever(D-SC)
10 Signing of the Smith-Lever Act (aka Agriculture Extension Act) On May 8, 1914 President Woodrow Wilson signed into law the Smith-Lever Act that established the Cooperative Extension program and called it “one of the most significant and far-reaching measures for the education of adults ever adopted by any government.”And, 100 years later we are still as relevant as in the beginning.
11 Centennial Proclamation signed May 27, 2014 In honor of our 100 years in Fort Bend County and across the State of Texas, a Centennial Proclamation that recognized the relationship between Cooperative Extension (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service) and County Commissioners’ courts across Texas was signed on May 27, 2014 by Fort Bend County Judge Robert Hebert and presented to the Fort Bend County staff.
12 Today: June 20, 2014…… We are here to honor: 100 years of Cooperative Extension workYou, our very valuable volunteersSo, here we are today to celebrate 100 years of Cooperative Extension Work. And, to honor you, our dedicated volunteers who help us strive to achieve our Extension Mission and Vision by extending our efforts to all parts of this county and the state of Texas as a whole.
13 Who You Are – the Volunteers of FBC Farm Bureau: Supported the salary of the first “county agent” in Fort Bend County & many counties.Texas Extension Education Association (Extension Home Makers, Home Demonstration Agents): supported/promoted family life.Program Area Committees:Ag/Hort Advisory GroupBee PACBeef/Forage PACCrops PACFamily & Consumer Science PACPecan/Citrus PACOur volunteers include Farm Bureau, TEEA, numerous program area committees, task forces, master volunteers and the Leadership Advisory Board of Fort Bend County.
14 Managers: Task Forces: Master Volunteers: BLT Task ForceHorse Task ForcePartners for Parenting TFPesticide TFRice Task ForceManagers:4-H Club Managers4-H Project Managers & Project LeadersMaster Volunteers:Coastal Prairie Master NaturalistFort Bend Master GardenersMaster WellnessLeadership Advisory Board: At-large focuses on the issues important to the citizens of Fort Bend County.And, the episodic volunteers (collaborators)Our volunteers include Farm Bureau, TEEA, numerous program area committees, task forces, master volunteers and the Leadership Advisory Board of Fort Bend County.
15 Thank You! …For Being a Part! A Part of the 100 Year-old relationship with AgriLife Extension ServiceExtend services to clienteleEffective spokespersons to the communityEffective spokespersons to stakeholdersBring organization perspective to programConcentrate their time and effort on specific subject matter / program / jobFor guiding usAnd, a part of helping to make Fort Bend a truly wonderful place to live for all!Thank You for all you do with us for the past 100 years.
16 Value of VolunteersOld Chinese Proverb - “Behind every able man there are always other able men”That’s YOU!THANK YOU!Yes, our Extension Volunteers are valuable – very valuable