It’s no longer just "cows and cooking," as the 100th anniversary of the Cooperative Extension System approaches. While originally the role of county agricultural agents and the 4-H program was helping farmers and rural youth, the system’s work is much different. The county is celebrating the anniversary of the 1914 federal Smith Lever Act, which funded outreach endeavors at Rutgers and other land-grant universities through vocational, agricultural, and home demonstration programs in rural America. Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Hunterdon is marking the anniversary the week of May 4, with a big open house on Sunday, at the Extension Center, county complex, 314 Route 12, Raritan Township. It runs noon to 3 p.m.
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