UC Cooperative Extension Celebrates a Centennial

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HOLTVILLE – On Thursday, May 8th, Imperial County 4H had their centennial celebration at the UC Cooperative Extension.

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May 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act, the legislation that created Cooperative Extension, a nationwide system of community-based education. This was established as part of each state’s land grant university.

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Cooperative Extension was started to help farmers, homemakers and youth use the latest university research to improve their lives.

The UC Cooperative Extension continues to be a vial aspect of the community. Thanks to many volunteers of the valley, it greatly impacts youth and agricultural advancements of the Imperial Valley.

Thursday night began with Captain Al Robertson, a retired Naval Aviator and Commercial Pilot of Southwest Airlines, and Ray Castillo, of Imperial County Board of Supervisors, leading the Pledge of Allegiance and National Anthem.

Awards were given to outstanding individuals in the Imperial Valley who dedicate their time to improving the quality of agriculture and educating the valley’s youth.