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Phone: 360.337.4598
Date: May 7, 2014
Contact: Renee Overath, WSU Kitsap County Extension
  (360) 337-7170,
No: 2014-054

Cooperative Extension Service celebrates 100 years

(Bremerton, WA)  On May 8, 2014, Washington State University celebrates the 100th anniversary of the passage of the Smith-Lever Act, which established the Cooperative Extension Service. This legislation resulted in a unique educational partnership among the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the nation’s land-grant universities and local counties. WSU Extension engages people, organizations and communities through programs that advance knowledge, economic well-being and quality of life.

In Kitsap County and in Washington State the Smith-Lever Act has stimulated innovative research and vital educational programs for youth and adults on a wide range of topics including agriculture, gardening, economic development, parenting, nutrition, sustainable development and more.
Washington State University’s Kitsap Extension is the front door to the University. It extends non-credit education and degree opportunities to people and communities throughout the state.

Extension builds the capacity of individuals, organizations, businesses and communities, empowering them to find solutions for local issues and to improve their quality of life. WSU Kitsap Extension is recognized for its accessible, learner-centered, relevant, high quality, unbiased educational programs. Extension collaborates with communities to create a culture of life-long learning.

At their meeting on April 28th, the Kitsap County Commissioners approved a resolution proclaiming May 8th, 2014 as the 100th anniversary of signing of the Smith – Lever Act. For more information, visit or Extension 100th Anniversary Video.

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Last Updated:  May 27, 2014