100 Years of Cooperative Extension: Rutgers Dairy Specialist Enos J. Perry Made Agricultural History

Courtesy of Department of Animal Sciences

Courtesy of Department of Animal Sciences

At the dawn of Rutgers Cooperative Extension in the early 1900s, New Jersey farmers were facing an era that offered promise of new methods of farming that would solve problems, improve efficiency and bring a better return on their dollar. Extension specialists and agricultural agents implemented a variety of methods and practices to engage farmers. One such example, which took root in New Jersey and went into the annals of agricultural history in the U.S., is the development of artificial insemination in dairy cows.

Enos J. Perry (1891-1983) served Rutgers University from 1923 to 1956 as an extension specialist in dairy husbandry. His greatest contribution to agriculture was the establishment of the first cooperative artificial breeding association for cattle in New Jersey and the U.S. and the practical application of the technique of artificial insemination (AI) of farm animals. Perry initiated the first dairy cattle AI Co-op in the U.S. in 1938, and his book “The Artificial Insemination of Farm Animals,” published in 1945, was the standard reference manual on the subject, providing vital information on artificial insemination for thousands of workers and students. [Read more...]

Lifelong 4-Her’s Journey Brings Her Full Circle to Rutgers

Kristen Johnson spoke about the importance of the ImPACT test to the horse industry at the Equine Science Center “Evening of Celebration and Science.” Photo courtesy of Tiffany Cody, Equine Science Center.

For those not well acquainted with the 4-H Youth Development Program, they may think a typical 4-H’er doesn’t journey much beyond their county fair. That’s a common misperception. Just ask Kristen Johnson (SEBS ’17), a seasoned member of the 4-H program at Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Somerset County. Kristen’s involvement in 4-H has taken her to many places across the U.S. and beyond: Georgia, North Dakota, Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Russia. Her 4-H journey has brought her full circle, in a way, leading her to the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences where, as a freshman, she is participating in her final year as a New Jersey 4-H’er. [Read more...]

RCE Presents Diversity and County Faculty of the Year Awards for 2013

Ken Karamichael

Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) held its annual awards program at the 2013 Annual Joint Department Meeting on December 10 to recognize outstanding performances of students, faculty and staff. Among the awards given was the “RCE Diversity Award,” presented to Kenneth Karamichael, associate director of youth development at Office of Continuing Professional Education, and the RCE “County Faculty Person of the Year” award, presented Patricia Rector, environmental and resource management agent. [Read more...]

A Day in the Life of Extension

By Nick Polanin, Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Somerset County Agricultural Agent

The year 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Smith-Lever Act which officially created the national Cooperative Extension System. Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES) Cooperative Extension helps the diverse population of New Jersey adapt to a rapidly changing society and improve their lives and communities through an educational process that uses science-based knowledge. Through science-based educational programs, Rutgers Cooperative Extension truly enhances the quality of life for residents of New Jersey and brings the wealth of knowledge of the state university to local communities. [Read more...]

Make the World Better through Rutgers Environmental Steward Training

Rutgers Environmental Stewards Class of 2013

Imagine being able to discuss climate change with the State Climatologist or learn about New Jersey’s geology from the people who map it.  Wouldn’t it be interesting to hear how New Jersey’s environmental regulations get enforced from a person who actually does the enforcement? How about learning about the role of soils in the environment from the person who runs Rutgers’ Soil Testing lab? These are some of the opportunities that are available to enrollees in the 2014 Rutgers Environmental Steward Volunteer Training Program. Would you like to learn how local environmental decisions get made from the head of the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions or how land preservation can be done most effectively from some of the leading players in land preservation in New Jersey? [Read more...]