As I mentioned in last week’s blog, May 8 marked the 100th anniversary of President Woodrow Wilson’s signing of the Smith-Lever Act, which established the Cooperative Extension Service (and with it, the Michigan Cooperative Extension Service, now known as Michigan State University Extension).
Last Thursday, the Michigan Senate adopted Senate Resolution 143, recognizing the significance of the Smith-Lever Act to the establishment of Cooperative Extension nationwide and encouraging people to observe and celebrate the centennial with a focus on launching an innovative and sustainable future for Cooperative Extension. Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker was the lead sponsor of the resolution in the Michigan Senate.
Rep. Roger Victory was the lead sponsor on a similar resolution in the House of Representatives, House Resolution 362, which House members voted to adopt on Tuesday. Co-sponsors included Reps. Terry L. Brown, Gretchen Driskell, Martin Howrylak, Eileen Kowall and Bill LaVoy.
Thanks to all in both the Senate and the House who contributed to getting these resolutions passed.