BLACKSBURG, Va., May 1, 2014 – Virginia Tech will mark the 100-year anniversary of Virginia Cooperative Extension with a showcase and ice cream social on May 8, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. in the Ag Quad on the Blacksburg campus. In recognition of Extension’s centennial, Gov. Terry McAuliffe has declared May 8 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 the people of the commonwealth.