WHEREAS, The Smith-Lever Act of 1914 established the Cooperative Extension Service, utilizing university faculty serving as Extension Agents, who along with local staff and community-based resources, extend university research and knowledge to local communities; and
WHEREAS, Virginia Cooperative Extension of Arlington County is part of the nationwide Cooperative Extension System that is a partnership of federal, state, and local governments and Virginia Tech and Virginia State University, Virginia’s land-grant universities; and
WHEREAS, Virginia Cooperative Extension provides wide-ranging educational programs and information in the areas of agriculture, natural resources, family and consumer sciences, 4-H youth development, food, nutrition and health, along with related areas of economic and workforce development across Virginia; and
WHEREAS, Virginia Cooperative Extension programs in Family and Consumer Sciences, Agriculture and Natural Resources, 4-H Youth Development, and Community Viability benefit families, schools and businesses in Arlington County;
NOW, THEREFORE I, Jay Fisette, Chair of the County Board of Arlington, Virginia, do hereby recognize the 100th Anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act that established Cooperative Extension and proclaim the month of May, 2014 as NATIONAL COOPERATIVE EXTENSION CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION MONTH in Arlington County. and encourage residents to take advantage of the programs and educational opportunities that Virginia Cooperative Extension offers to the community.