The history of UGA Extension is comprised of thousands of stories of Georgians who spent their youth at 4-H events, organized home demonstration clubs or relied on their local county agent for gardening or farming advice. As we celebrate the centennial of Cooperative Extension, we are commemorating these memories and milestones.
Georgians who have been impacted by Cooperative Extension share their memories.
Photos and program video of the UGA Extension Centennial Celebration
This special video highlights UGA Extension's centennial with interviews from: former President Jimmy Carter; Governor Nathan Deal; UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Dean Scott Angle; UGA Extension Director Beverly Sparks; and county agents Paul Pugliese and Kisha Faulk.
A commemorative exhibit and reception celebrate the organization's centennial.
Beffie Morse, EFNEP Program Assistant in Athens-Clarke County, explains how she became involved as an Extension client and later an employee.
State 4-H President Oakley Perry from Jeff Davis County shares how 4-H has impacted his life and how he became elected among his peers.
Elizabeth Andress, UGA Extension food safety specialist, reflects on canning and food preservation as well as the benefits of ServSafe certification for restaurant employees.
Wayne Hanna and Brian Schwartz, UGA Extension turfgrass specialists, explain the history and impact of the turf that was developed on the UGA Tifton Campus.
Janet Rodekohr, retired Extension marketing specialist, shares memories from a special international trip as a 4-H'er.
Wayne Jordan, former Associate Dean for Extension, recalls the celebration of the 75th anniversary of Extension in 1989.
University of Georgia student and former Georgia 4-H'er Tess Hammock shared her testimony at a U.S. House of Representatives hearing on behalf of the 7 million 4-H'ers in America.
Judy Harrison, UGA Extension food safety specialist, shares how she helps consumers and why she enjoys her career.
Bill Brim, owner of Lewis Taylor Farms, tells why UGA Extension is important to his business and the state of Georgia.
Phillip Roberts, UGA Extension entomologist, shares how the organization’s research helps farmers and producers make better decisions.
Harold Darden, Associate State 4-H Leader Emeritus, reflects on beginning the Georgia 4-H camping program and impacts the organization made to his life.
A collection of milestones and events from UGA Extension's history.
The University of Georgia is celebrating the centennial of the Smith-Lever Act, which created the national network of educators known as the Cooperative Extension System. Use this website to explore the history of UGA Extension and the impact it's had on the state.
Visit our exhibit at the Russell Special Collections Library in Athens, Georgia from April 21 - August 4, 2014.
We want to hear how Extension has helped you live a better life.Tell your story