100 years of OSU extension

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – The Belmont commissioners recognized 100 years of Ohio University Extension Office activity in the county during their Wednesday meeting.

May 8 marked the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Smith-Lever Act, which requires cooperation between county, state and federal governments and encourages priorities to be established locally to meet the needs of each county.

The cooperative extension service is an educational partnership between the US Department of Agriculture and the nation’s land-grant universities. They extend research-based knowledge through a state-by-state network of local Extension professionals to help people in their everyday business. Youth programs are also offered.

OSU Extension Director Jane Keyser spoke about the benefits offered locally.

Programs in Belmont County include Family and Consumer Sciences, Dining with Diabetes, Road Trip Life for ninth and 10th grade girls, divorce education programming, prison parenting classes, the Family Nutrition Program, 4-H Camp Counselor Camp and training, 4-H Junior Camp, the Piedmont 4-H Shooting Sports camp, and Carteens.

They are also involved in education programs for Marcellus and Utica Shale, with topics such as legal and financial issues involved in finalizing a lease, public policy, leadership, education and pipeline easements and right of way agreements.

They hold grazing workshops, master gardener programs, and quality assistance training.

The county extension office reaches 2,500 families throughout the community, with more than 500 4-H members in 4-H clubs as well as other out-of-school summer activities.

They will celebrate during opening ceremonies at the county fair Sept. 2-7.

Residents are encouraged to take advantage of the educational opportunities.

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