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Photos: Cooperative Extension turns 100

American agriculture would not be the driving force it is today without the commitment to education of visionaries more than a century ago.

Numerous celebrations of the nation’s Cooperative Extension service were celebrated in America’s most productive agricultural state – California – on May 8 (the anniversary of the passage of the Smith-Lever Act), including one at a community garden in Fresno. The event included local farm advisors sharing the important role agricultural research plays in helping commercial growers and homeowners alike.

Local schools and dignitaries visited Fresno’s Garden of the Sun for a day of scientific education, discovery and a chance to talk with farm advisors, master gardeners, nutrition staff and others about the importance of agricultural education and research.

Exhibits showcased local programs, including University of California Research and Experiment Stations such as the ones at Kearney and the West Side RES, 4-H programs, master gardener activities and nutrition education.

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