North Carolina State University      Agriculture Extension and Education

The Past and Present of the Cooperative Extension Service

Cooperative Extension Service, Past to Present.
  • CES
  • Smith-Lever Act of 1914
  • USDA
  • 4-H
  • Family and Consumer Science
  • Journal of Extension
  • 1862 Land Grant Colleges
  • Canning Clubs
  • Corn Clubs
  • Seaman Knapp
  • Experiment Stations
  • Epsilon Sigman Phi
  • Jane S. McKimmon

Do you believe that we as citizens are lucky to have the opportunity to call upon the Cooperative Extension Service when we have questions dealing with agriculture, horticulture, youth activities, families, etc.?  Before the CES was established people were on their own and did not have nayone to call on for help.  Many actionss took place in order to have the CES.  What were some of these actions that took place?  What these these actions accomplish?  Who were some of the important people that helped to make the CES a success?  In this lesson we will learn more about how the Cooperative Extension Service was established and what it did in the past and what it does today.

Lesson Objectives:
At the completion of this lesson learners will be able to:
  • Identify the establishment of the Cooperative Extension Service
  • Describe the terms of the Smith-Lever Act
  • Identify the Father of Extension
  • Identify the first agent in North Carolina for Extension
  • Discuss the first types of experimet stations
  • Describe the need and purpose of  the CES
  • Identify past and present clubs within Extension

Learning Activities:


Web Master
Meg Perdue

May 4, 2004