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The Birth of New Mexico Cooperative Extension Service

“...Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States ot America in Congress assembled, ! at in order to aid in di" using among the people of the United States useful and practical information on subjects relating to agriculture and home economics, and to encourage the application of the same, there may be inaugurated in connection with the college or colleges in each state...agricultural extension work which shall be carried on in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture...”

– Smith-Lever Act of 1914

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Celebrate 100 years of extending knowledge and changing lives

In 2014, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act, which established the Cooperative Extension Service, a state-by-state national network of educators who extend university-based research and knowledge to the people.

First Biennial Report of the Agricultural Extension Service (1915 & 1916)
24 mp .pdf

Birth of Extension
14 mp .pdf of the contents of this website