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
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
Smith-Lever Act of 1914 ( aka: Agriculture Extension Act ) Sen. Michael Hoke Smith (D-GA) Sen. Asbury Lever (D-SC)
Signing of the Smith-Lever Act (aka Agriculture Extension Act)
We are here to honor: 100 years of Cooperative Extension work You, our very valuable volunteers Today: June 20, 2014……
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
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)
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!
Value of Volunteers Old Chinese Proverb - “Behind every able man there are always other able men” That’s YOU! THANK YOU!