1914: Smith-Lever Act creates Cooperative Extension Service

The Cooperate Extension Service is officially established and nationally funded with the passing of the Smith-Lever Act.

Chaired by Senator Hoke Smith (Ga.) and Representative Asbury Lever (S.C.), the Smith-Lever Act provided a funding system to universities for Extension services. The Smith-Lever Act ensured federal support for and defined the purpose of Extension, which is “to aid in diffusing among the people of the United States useful and practical information on the subjects relating to agriculture and home economics and to encourage the application of the same.”