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MSU Extension Services celebrate 100 years

April 29, 2014


The Mississippi State Extension Service is celebrating 100 years providing service to the people of Mississippi in May.
Clay County Extension Service Director B.J. McClenton said the extension office will be setting up displays in the county to celebrate the centennial.
"One of the displays will be in the lobby at the Clay County Courthouse and that one will have pictures of what we do and a history of the extension service," McClenton said. "The other will be in the Bryan Public Library and that one will be based more around our 4-H activities."
McClenton said brochures and handouts on the extension service and its activities will also be available at the displays.
The Mississippi State Extension Service began in 1914 when the Smith-Lever Act was signed into federal law. The Smith-Lever Act established the Cooperative Extension Service, which is the nationwide education system operating through land-grant universities in partnership with federal, state and local governments.
McClenton said the extension service offers Mississippians agricultural, consumer and youth development programs.
McClenton, who has been director of the Clay County Extension Service since January, said the extension service is important because it's a free service that helps improve self-sufficiency for farmers. The extension service also involves 4-H groups to assist in training youth to take on more agricultural roles and responsibilities, according to McClenton.

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