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100 Years of Cooperative Extension: the Smith-Lever Act Centennial

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May 2014 will mark the 100th anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act, legislation that created Cooperative Extension, a nationwide system of community- based education, established as part of each state’s land grant university. Cooperative Extension was started to help farmers, homemakers, and youth use the latest university research to improve their lives. At first geared towards strengthening rural areas, Cooperative Extension became integral to urban and suburban communities as well. A century later, Cooperative Extension continues to provide a vital link between public universities and communities.


The University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) is your bridge between local issues and the research expertise of the University of California.

The Central Sierra Cooperative Extension serves Amador, Calaveras, Tuolumne and El Dorado counties.

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4-H Youth Development
4-H Youth Development
Food Preservaton
Food Preservaton
Home Gardening
Home Gardening

UCCE News

Agriculture research not immune to drought
Posted 4/18/2014 - Even as farmers across California struggle with the third year of drought, so do University of California agriculture researchers, reported Todd Fitchette in Western Farm Press. Fitchette opened his story with the plight of ag research at the UC West...

UC president Janet Napolitano visits Kearney REC
Posted 4/17/2014 - University of California president Janet Napolitano visited the UC Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Parlier this week to consult with her top agricultural advisors about a new food security and sustainability initiative, reported...

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