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Utah State University Faculty Honor Lectures


The Faculty Association, Utah State University

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The recent Kellogg Life Span Learning Grant has focused national attention on Utah State University as a model for life span learning. Historically, Extension and at least the rudiments of life span learning, have been a part of Utah State University since its founding in 1888. In 1896, the State passed the Cazier Bill which appropriated $1,500 to conduct a Farmers Institute in each county at least once a year (Ricks 1938). Such activities were mostly conducted on an informal basis until 1911 when Luther M. Winsor, Instructor of Irrigation, was employed as county agent in the Uintah Basin. This was the formal beginning of our Cooperative Extension work in Utah. The next important event came when the Smith-Lever act was passed by the U.S. Congress in 1914. Enabling legislation (Lund Act of 1888) was passed by the Utah Legislature and an Extension Service was officially established as a division of the Agricultural College of Utah cooperating with the County and Federal Governments. A division of Off-campus Instruction was organized later, under which Extension class and correspondence work for credit was provided. For many years the Cooperative Extension Service was a part of the Agricultural Division, headed by a director who was also dean of the College of Agriculture. During this entire period, Cooperative Extension and the Division of Off-campus Instruction were separate entities. In 1960, Extension at Utah State University was reorganized. At this time, the Cooperative Extension Service and the Division of Off-campus Instruction, then called General Extension, were brought together under one administrative head and placed directly under the president of the University. The new consolidated unit was named Utah State University Extension Services. The Cooperative Extension Service became a subdivision under the new organization.


This work made publicly available electronically on August 16, 2011.

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