Extension, 4-H programs receive recognition in legislature resolution

COLUMBUS – The Ohio Legislature recently passed a resolution honoring the Smith-Lever Act of 1914. Senate Concurrent Resolution 33 recognizes the 100-year existence of Cooperative Extension in Ohio and the benefits of agricultural programs.

Rep. Jack Cera (D-Bellaire), a co-sponsor of the resolution, noted that the Smith-Lever Act of 1914 was passed by Congress to help establish and partially fund the national Cooperative Extension System.

“Cooperative Extension and 4-H programs are an important part of life in rural Ohio,” said Rep. Cera. “Extension services can help farmers, promote economic development and encourage today’s youth to be responsible, hard-working and knowledgeable leaders of tomorrow. This summer is a perfect time – with 88 county fairs promoting agriculture throughout local communities – to reflect upon the importance of Cooperative Extension and 4-H across the state.”

The national Cooperative Extension System helps expand vocational, agricultural and home economics programs offered to rural America through public and land grant colleges and universities.

“Our fairs and livestock shows highlight the hard work of our 4-H programs and help to promote agriculture in our society,” added Rep. Cera. “These fairs help educate the public about the importance of the agricultural industry. They help create jobs, and help support rural economic development and local commerce.”

Rep. Cera will be present when the Ohio House and Senate Agriculture Committees hold a joint committee hearing at the Ohio State Fair this year in Columbus. The meeting takes place at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 29 at the Donahey Nationwide Agriculture/Horticulture Building at the Ohio State Fairgrounds in Columbus, Ohio.