This Sunday is Mother’s Day. It’s also the 108th anniversary of an obscure piece of legislation that might also play an important role in your life.
On May 8th, 1914 President Woodrow Wilson signed into law the Smith-Lever Act, which ... READ MORE
The goal of the award winning UF/IFAS Extension calendar is to inform legislators, community leaders and the general public of the beneficial work that UF/IFAS Extension does for the state of Florida. It accomplishes that goal in the form of ... READ MORE
May 8, 2014 marks the 100th Anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act, which established America's Cooperative Extension Service. Let's take a brief look back at Extension's growth and evolution in Florida, year by year.
1862 ... READ MORE
Disaster in the Gulf
On April 20, 2010, an explosion on the BP Deepwater Horizon oil platform killed 11 workers and exposed a deep-sea wellhead that began gushing oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Until the spill was capped 87 days later, more ... READ MORE
Extension touches so many aspects of our lives today because it was born in an era of great uncertainty, not only about food and agriculture, but about the quality of life for millions of rural families.
In the decades following the Civil ... READ MORE
The Cooperative Extension Service was established in 1914 to address a specific problem: how to package the research and education of America's land-grant universities and deliver it to the people. Universities published their information, but ... READ MORE
When growers in central and south Florida turned in on the night of January 18, 1997, most of them expected that the next day would be much like the last. Weather reports on the local news were predicting overnight lows in the mid to upper 30s—cold, ... READ MORE
In the early days of Extension, agents lived on the road, made frequent house calls, and had to be experts in a wide range of fields. Here is an account from Ruth Elkins, a Polk County Home Demonstration Agent active 1939-1972:
“In the ... READ MORE