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May 8, 2014 Volume 35, No. 30

MU Extension celebrates 100 years of service

May 8, 2014

Cold temperatures and strong winds didn’t stop the warm glow at MU Extension’s 100th anniversary celebration May 1 on Carnahan Quad.

Among the speakers were Michael Ouart, Extension vice provost and director, and Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin. 

Loftin said Extension evolved beyond agriculture services as the nation became more urban. But Extension’s commitment to service never changed. “The mission of MU Extension is to serve Missouri and its residents as they strive to improve and transform their lives,” Loftin said.

In 1914, the Smith-Lever Act established the Cooperative Extension Service. It allowed land-grant universities to extend their services to citizens outside the universities. Currently, Extension educates and helps more than 1 million people in Missouri every year in agriculture, community development, human environmental sciences, business development, youth development and education.

Read about MU Extension's 100 years here

— JeongAn Choi