Virginia Cooperative Extension Planning District 20 to Celebrate 100-Year Anniversary

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Virginia Cooperative Extension Planning District 20 will mark the 100-year anniversary of Virginia Cooperative Extension with a showcase and social on Thursday, June 12, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Creeds Ruritan Complex, 1057 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach. This event is being held in recognition of Extension’s centennial and Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s proclamation of May 8 as Virginia Cooperative Extension Day in Virginia.


Congress passed the Smith-Lever Act on May 8, 1914, creating the Cooperative Extension Service, a state-by-state national network of educators who extend university-based knowledge to the people.  Virginia Cooperative Extension shares the resources of Virginia's two land-grant universities – Virginia Tech and Virginia State University – with citizens of the commonwealth.


Faculty members located on two campuses, 107 county and city offices, 11 agricultural research and extension centers, and six 4-H educational centers provide educational programs in multiple disciplines ranging from family financial management and nutrition, to agricultural best practices and food safety, to small business development and leadership. In 2013, Extension programs reached more than 2.6 million participants statewide.


In attendance at the June 12 event will be Director of Virginia Cooperative Extension Dr. Ed Jones, Virginia Cooperative Extension Senior District Director Lonnie Johnson, and Dr. Jewel Hairston of Virginia State University.  Faculty and staff members from extension offices in Chesapeake, Isle of Wight, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Southampton, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach will showcase their programs and services at the event.


Exhibits will highlight:

·        4-H Youth Development

·        Agriculture and Natural Resources

·        Master Gardener Program

·        Family and Consumer Sciences

·        Family Nutrition Programs

This event is just one of many special activities taking place over the next several months to celebrate the centennial. To see the events being held in communities across the commonwealth, visit Virginia Cooperative Extension Centennial .



Virginia Cooperative Extension brings the resources of Virginia's land-grant universities, Virginia Tech and Virginia State University, to the people of the commonwealth. Through a system of on-campus specialists and locally based educators, it delivers education in the areas of agriculture and natural resources, family and consumer sciences, community viability and 4-H youth development. With a network of faculty at two universities, 107 county and city offices, 11 agricultural research and Extension centers and six 4-H educational centers, Virginia Cooperative Extension provides solutions to the problems facing Virginians today.