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Cooperative Extension Service


The First Morrill Act of 1862 granted land for agriculture and mechanical arts to be run by colleges and universities in all of the U.S. states. In 1890, the Second Morrill Act enhanced the first one with a partial endowment. In 1887, the Hatch Act established agriculture experiment stations at each of the land grant colleges and in the Bankhead-Jones Act of 1935, a more complete endowment was provided to the land grant colleges.

Cooperative Extension offices have been helping the agricultural community since 1914. That was the year when the United States Congress passed the Smith-Lever Act, an agreement by which U.S. colleges and universities would receive funding and resources in exchange for creating programs for local state residents in horticulture, nutrition and natural and human resource development programs.

Everyone has benefited from the cooperative extension service. 59 agricultural research stations across the nation have improved food-crop production and are among the leaders of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) which provides a common-sense approach to healthier crops and environment.

In 1972, a busy cooperative extension agent in Washington came up with the idea of training volunteer Master Gardeners to provide expert assistance to home gardeners. Until that time, home gardeners were helped by agents as time permitted in their busy schedule of helping the commercial agricultural community. The idea soon spread nationwide and beyond and now there are about 60,000 Master Garderners nationwide.

You can find your local cooperative extension office in your county government listings of your phone book.

Land Grant Universities and Experiment Stations:

Alabama - Auburn Univ., Auburn; http://www.auburn.edu

Alaska - Univ. of Alaska, College; http://www.alaska.edu

Experiment Station, Palmer

Arizona - Univ. of Arizona, Tucson; http://www.arizona.edu

Arkansas - Univ. of Arkansas, Fayette; http://www.uark.edu

California - Univ. of Calif., Berkeley: http://www.berkeley.edu

Colorado - Colorado State Univ., Fort Collins; http://www.colostate.edu

Connecticut - Univ. of Connecticut, Storrs; http://www.uconn.edu

Experiment Station, New Haven

Delaware - Univ. of Delaware, Newark; http://www.udel.edu

Florida - Univ. of Florida, Gainesville; http://www.ufl.edu

Georgia - Univ. of Georgia, Athens; http://www.uga.edu

Experiment Station, Experiment

Coastal Plain Station, Tifton

Hawaii - Univ. of Hawaii, Honolulu; http://www.hawaii.edu

Idaho - Univ. of Idaho, Boise; http://www.uidaho.edu

Experiment Station, Moscow

Illinois - Univ. of Illinois, Urbana; http://www.uiuc.edu

Indiana - Purdue Univ., West Lafayette; http://www.purdue.edu

Iowa - Iowa State Univ., Ames; http://www.iastate.edu

Kansas - Kansas State Univ., Manhatten; http://www.ksu.edu

Kentucky - Univ. of Kentucky, Lexington; http://www.uky.edu

Louisiana - Louisiana State Univ., Baton Rouge; http://unix1.sncc.lsu.edu

Experiment Station, Baton Rouge

Maine - Univ. of Maine, Orono; http://www.umaine.edu

Maryland - Univ. of Maryland, College Park; http://www.ucmp.umd.edu

Massachusetts - Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst; http://www.umass.edu

Michigan - Michigan State Univ., East Lansing; http://www.msu.edu

Minnesota - Univ. of Minnesota, St. Paul; http://www.umn.edu

Mississippi - Mississipi State Univ., State College; http://www.msstate.edu

Missouri - Univ. of Missouri, Columbia; http://www.missouri.edu

Montana - Montana State Univ., Bozeman; http://www.montana.edu

Nebraska - Univ. of Nebraska, Lincoln; http://www.unl.edu

Nevada - Univ. of Nevada, Reno; http://www.unr.edu

New Hampshire - Univ. of New Hampshire, Durham; http://www.unh.edu

New Jersey - Rutgers Univ., New Brunswick; http://www.rutgers.edu

New Mexico - New Mexico State Univ., Univ. Park; http://www.nmsu.edu

New York - Cornell Univ., Ithaca; http://www.cornell.edu

Experiment Station, Geneva

North Carolina - North Carolina State Univ., Raleigh; http://www.ncsu.edu

North Dakota - North Dakota State Univ., Fargo; http://www.ndsu.nodak.edu/index.js.shtml

Ohio - Ohio State Univ., Columbus; http://www.acs.ohio-state.edu

Experiment Station, Wooster

Oklahoma - Oklahoma State Univ., Stillwater; http://www.osu.okstate.edu

Oregon - Oregon State Univ., Corvallis; http://www.orst.edu

Pennsylvania - Pennsylvania State Univ., Univ. Park; http://www.psu.edu

Puerto Rico - Univ. of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras

Rhode Island - Univ. of Rhode Island, Kingston; http://www.uri.edu

South Carolina - Clemson Univ., Clemson; http://www.clemson.edu

South Dakota - South Dakota State Univ., Brookings; http://www.sdstate.edu

Tennessee - Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville; http://www.utk.edu

Texas - Texas A&M Univ., College Station; http://www.tamu.edu

Experiment Station, Lubbock

Utah - Utah State Univ., Logan; http://www.usu.edu

Vermont - Univ. of Vermont, Burlington; http://www.uvm.edu/indexjscript.shtml

Virgin Islands - Univ. of Virgin Islands; http://www.uvi.edu/pub-relations/uvi.htm

Virginia - Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Blacksburg; http://www.vt.edu

Washington - Washington State Univ., Pullman; http://www.wsu.edu

Experiment Station, Puyallup

Experiment Station, Mt. Vernon

West Virginia - West Virginia Univ., Morgantown; http://www.wvu.edu

Wisconsin - Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison; http://wwiscinfo.wisc.edu

Wyoming - Univ. of Wyoming, Laramie; http://www.uwyo.edu


Last edited: 11/06/99 11:28 PM

 

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