Extension Service Marks 100 Years

Meridian, Miss.

The Mississippi State University Extension Service is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The Lauderdale County office hosted an open house Tuesday to celebrate the occasion.

The Smith-Lever Act, which was signed May 8, 1914, established the extension service.

It provided a nationwide education system that operates through land-grant universities in partnership with federal, state, and local governments.

"During the one hundred years, we have changed with the times," said Patty Swearingen, county coordinator. "Used to be, people thought if you were something with the extension, it was all cows and just farming. But of course, we have changed with the technology."

People who came to the open house could view educational exhibits and got to taste Mississippi State cheese and dairy products.