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On May 8, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson put his signature to a Congressional act that would create, in his words, “one of the most significant and far-reaching measures for the education of adults ever adopted by the government.”
The law, known as the Smith-Lever Act, created a national agricultural extension service — an action that would help transform farming in America and rural Arkansas.
Today, the agents and staff University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service are the face of a partnership among federal, state and county governments. We’re also parents, farmers, and neighbors. We’re familiar with the challenges we all face in our state and communities and are working to bring the best of university research to help resolve whatever troubles us.
In a century, we’ve learned a lot about life in Arkansas. Over the decades, we’ve helped introduce mechanization, aided in making statewide childhood immunizations reality, and back in the 1930s, we even helped persuade our neighbors that electricity was a good thing. 4-H, the only youth program affiliated with the University of Arkansas grew out of our mission to pass on innovations to farm families by teaching youth new ways of growing.
Today, as we did at the start, we strive to bring the latest research advancements to you on the farm, at home or among your businesses and communities.
We have offices in every county. To find your county office, visit www.uaex.edu.
We hope you’ll call on us and see how we can help.
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