2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act, which formalized the Cooperative Extension Service, a state-by-state national network of educators who extend university-based knowledge to the people.
As we celebrate 100 years of extending knowledge and changing lives, we also want to celebrate South Carolina’s role as an early leader in the extension movement. The “Clemson Model” of extension became the basis for the Smith-Lever Act, authored by Georgia senator Michael Hoke Smith and South Carolina Representative A. Frank Lever. Lever, a Clemson life trustee, was devoted to the needs of agriculture and farming interests across South Carolina and the United States. He chaired the House Agriculture Committee from 1910-1919, served as a member of the Federal Farm Board (1919-1922), organized the First Carolina Joint Stock Land Bank (1922-1929) and was strongly affiliated with the Farm Credit Administration (1933-1940).
For 100 years, the Smith-Lever Act has stimulated innovative research and vital educational programs for youth and adults through progressive information delivery systems that improved lives and shaped a nation.
Today, the Clemson University Extension Service is proud to deliver research-based information in agriculture, natural resources, food safety and nutrition, economic and community development, and 4-H youth development.
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In 1911, Mrs. Dora D. 'Mother' Walker (3rd from left) was appointed County Tomato Club Agent - the first county home demonstration agent in the world.
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New director named for Clemson Extension
May 5, 2014
Thomas R. (Tom) Dobbins has been named director of Clemson University’s Cooperative Extension Service. His Extension career includes positions as a county agent, area agent and Extension associate, with a focus on...
An agricultural revolutionary
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Clements praises Clemson’s role in early years of Extension
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The incoming president of Clemson University on Wednesday praised the school’s transformational role in extending knowledge beyond the campus to reach people in their homes, businesses and farms...
1905 Extension Bulletin by the Clemson Agricultural College
The fundamental work of Clemson College is the instruction of students. The general facts in regard to this part of its work are presented annually in the college catalog. But the work of the Experiment Station, the public work of the various divisions of the Department of Agriculture, the work of the fertilizer, entomological and veterinary inspections, and the vast public correspondence carried on by both College and Station officers — all these phases of the work of Clemson College have never yet been presented or defined in any formal way. As with the appearance of this publication a new line of work is begun — the issuing of bulletins for public information along the lines indicated by the college correspondence, it seems well to make some brief statement regarding these varipus lines of activity.
THE AGRICULTURAL DEPARTMENT.
In 1883 Mr. Thomas G. Clemson "executed a will and testa ment to provide for the establishment of a scientific institution upon the Fort Hill place." A few years later he amended this will so as to strengthen the purpose he had in view, which is clearly brought out in the following statement : "Feeling a great sympathy for the farmers of this State, and the difficulties with which they have had to contend in their efforts to establish the business of agriculture upon a proper basis, and believing there can be no permanent improvement in agriculture without a knowledge of those sciences which pertain particularly thereto, I have determined to devote the bulk of my property to the establishment of an agricultural college upon the Fort Hill place."
Annette Reynolds - Colleton County
I joined the 4-H Club in fifth grade. My 4-H Agents were dynamite. I loved the club and the 4-H uniform with the crinoline skirt. I won a corn muffin contest at the end of the year and decided I wanted to be a 4-H Agent. My projects were clothing, gardening, woodworking, electric, foods and nutrition. I started work as a 4-H agent on July 1, 1970.
On July 2nd the male agent who was my partner informed me that we would be vaccinating chickens all month long. We had 2,000 chickens, 1,000 a piece – 50 per family. He would help me with ‘mine’ and I would help him with his. I did not know anything about the poultry project. I didn’t know how to vaccinate a chicken so I hoped he would do the vaccination and this would be my training. He was counting on doing those vaccinations because he was also counting on me helping the families catch the chickens! Read more...