May 7, 2014
Renee Overath, WSU Kitsap County Extension
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
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
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
Extension 100th Anniversary Video.
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