OSU Extension Director Kevin Smith speaks during his visit to Van Wert last week. (TB File Photo)
OSU Extension Director Kevin Smith speaks during his visit to Van Wert last week. (TB File Photo)

COLUMBUS – When OSU Extension Director Kevin Smith visited Van Wert last week, he alerted locals that 2014 is the 100th year for the organization and that the organization plans to celebrate in many ways over the course of the year.

Tuesday afternoon, 1st District Ohio State Senator Cliff Hite announced the passage of a resolution honoring the centennial celebration announced today that the Ohio Senate unanimously passed Senate Concurrent Resolution 33, honoring the centennial celebrations of the extension program in Ohio.

Hite sponsored SCR 33, which recognizes the 100th anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act of 1914 and the formalization of agricultural education programs across the country.

“The programs run by county extensions, especially 4-H, benefit countless Ohioans,” said Hite. “I owe most of my agricultural knowledge to the folks at the Extensions in my district.”



Many of the extension programs used in the United States are based on the 4-H model originated in Ohio. The extension system is the largest non-formal educational system in the world and has programs delivered by agricultural professionals to the local community. These practical programs combine new research with the specific needs of local communities.

“Ohio has the Smith-Lever Act and the extension system to thank for its place as an agricultural leader in the United States,” declared Hite. “This resolution is my way of recognizing the role that extensions play in Ohio.”