Extension: 100 years of extending knowledge and changing lives

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While change isn’t easy for some people, it’s inevitable in some circumstances. Throughout the history of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, countless agents have worked to help Kentuckians learn about and embrace important changes.
 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the Smith-Lever Act, which formally established the national Cooperative Extension Service system. The UK Cooperative Extension Service is celebrating ways that extension has helped clients change their lives for the better. County Extension offices across Kentucky will be taking part in the celebration.
To celebrate this historic event, our volunteer Extension leaders would like to invite everyone to an Open House on Thursday, May 8, 2014 from 2:00 – 6:00 PM at the Trimble County Extension Office. Plan to join us for cake and ice cream, tour our newly renovated office facility and learn about ongoing Extension programs. Volunteer leaders, County Extension Agents for Agriculture and Natural Resour-ces, Family and Consu-mer Sciences, 4-H and Youth Develop-ment and our Staff Assistant Leslie Cutshaw will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.
Many of the duties of the first extension agents included helping farmers become better stewards of the land and helping homemakers improve food preservation techniques so they and their families could lead healthier lives. Today, extension agents continue to work to make Kentuckians lives better, but now these duties may include helping farmers keep up with the latest precision agriculture technology, guiding families as they bounce back from the recent recession or teaching 4-H’ers about the consequences of bullying.  
Despite the many social, technological and academic changes that have occurred in the past 100 years, one thing that has remained constant is that Kentuckians can always turn to their county Cooperative Extension agents to get reliable, research-based information on topics ranging from bed bugs to public speaking to physical activity. While extension agents don’t make decisions for their clients, they do provide them with the most up-to-date knowledge so individuals make the best decision possible for themselves.
Today, change occurs rapidly, and extension is still the place where Kentuckians can turn to for help embracing those changes and moving forward toward a better Kentucky. For more information on local programs, contact the Trimble County Extension Office of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service at 502-255-7188..
Educational programs of the Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of race, color, sex, religion, disability or national origin.

Michael Pyles is Trimble County’s Cooperative Extension agent for agriculture.