UF/IFAS Extension marks century of service to Florida
Congress passed the Smith-Lever Act on May 8, 1914, creating the Cooperative Extension Service, which has conveyed agricultural-related scientific research from land-grant universities to the public. Florida has a UF/IFAS Extension office in each of its 67 counties. Residents benefit from educational programs that include everything from agricultural best practices to marriage-preparation courses, to money-management help and water conservation and environmentally conscious gardening programs.
The 100th anniversary of service will be celebrated on the UF campus from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 17. The event at the Plaza of the Americas will include alligators, an insect-petting zoo and lunch prepared by a former White House chef. A tent will house displays that highlight Extension programs such as agriculture, family and consumer sciences, 4-H youth development, community development and natural resources. Anyone attending can earn a free lunch by completing a card with information found at each of the Extension displays.