Posted 6 months ago
By Kevin Horn
Nebraska and the nation’s Cooperative Extension system turned 100 years old in May. The Smith-Lever Act, which established Cooperative Extension through land-grant universities in partnership with federal, state and local governments was signed on May 8, 1914.
The Box Butte County Extension began in 1916 with funding from the Farm Bureau. Voters approved county funding for 1917-1919. An Ag Agent worked from April to October in 1923 without any funding. In 1933, another Ag Agent worked under the CCC. In late 1936, county voters once again approved county funding for Extension which has continued to present times.
Today the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension (UNL) in Nebraska has Educators, Assistants, and office staff in 83 of Nebraska’s 93 counties. UNL Extension provides education in both rural and urban Nebraska in a variety of settings: one-on-one sessions; group events, such as field days and demonstrations; workshops and classes; publications; web sites; videos; and news media, both print and broadcast.
The Box Butte County Extension will host an open house on Thursday, June 12 from 3 pm to 7 pm, at the Extension Office at 415 Black Hills Avenue. Enjoy hot dogs, hamburgers, and special made Centennial ice cream from the UNL Dairy Store. 4-H projects, Extension programs and county history books will be on display. You can also try your shot in the Shooting Sports trailer.