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1 2014 Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Centennial Celebration 100 years of service & Dedicated Volunteers

2 Go West Young Men & Women

3 1870 1880 1890

4 The Structure of the Land Grant University System TEACHINGRESEARCH EXTENSION Morrill Act - 1862, 1890 Hatch Act - 1887 Smith–Lever Act - 1914 Land Grant University System

5 Beginning of the Land Grant University System The Morrill Act of 1862, 1890, 1990 Sen. Justin S. Morrill (R-Vt)

6 Our Legacy Begins

7  Established 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, 22 nd President of the United States Hatch Act of 1887

8 then came…. Seaman A. Knapp “The Father of Cooperative Extension” ◉ Teacher, Professor ◉ Farmer ◉ College president ◉ Director of La. Farm Colonization efforts ◉ First demonstration in Kauffman Co. TX. ◉ Instrumental in forming the Smith-Lever Act “What a man hears, he may doubt. What he sees, he may possibly doubt. What he does himself, he cannot doubt.” 1833-1911

9 Smith-Lever Act of 1914 ( aka: Agriculture Extension Act ) Sen. Michael Hoke Smith (D-GA) Sen. Asbury Lever (D-SC)

10 Signing of the Smith-Lever Act (aka Agriculture Extension Act)

11 Centennial Proclamation signed May 27, 2014

12 We are here to honor:  100 years of Cooperative Extension work  You, our very valuable volunteers Today: June 20, 2014……

13  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 Group ◉ Bee PAC ◉ Beef/Forage PAC ◉ Crops PAC ◉ Family & Consumer Science PAC ◉ Pecan/Citrus PAC Who You Are – the Volunteers of FBC

14  Task Forces: ◉ BLT Task Force ◉ Horse Task Force ◉ Partners for Parenting TF ◉ Pesticide TF ◉ Rice Task Force  Managers: ◉ 4-H Club Managers ◉ 4-H Project Managers & Project Leaders  Master Volunteers: ◉ Coastal Prairie Master Naturalist ◉ Fort Bend Master Gardeners ◉ Master Wellness  Leadership Advisory Board: At-large focuses on the issues important to the citizens of Fort Bend County.  And, the episodic volunteers (collaborators)

15 A Part of the 100 Year-old relationship with AgriLife Extension Service ◉ Extend services to clientele ◉ Effective spokespersons to the community ◉ Effective spokespersons to stakeholders ◉ Bring organization perspective to program ◉ Concentrate their time and effort on specific subject matter / program / job ◉ For guiding us And, a part of helping to make Fort Bend a truly wonderful place to live for all! Thank You! …For Being a Part!

16 Value of Volunteers  Old Chinese Proverb - “Behind every able man there are always other able men”  That’s YOU!  THANK YOU!


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