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Videos tell our story

One of the things that I’ve been impressed with in coming back is the astounding jump Michigan State University Extension has made in technology. Facebook and YouTube are now included in the many methods we use to promote Extension and to do our job of educating.

During Extension’s centennial year, Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) Communications is producing videos that highlight the individual stories of people who have a unique story to tell about Extension. (Dr. Coon mentioned this in a previous blog “What Does MSU Extension Mean to You?” in which he gave the link to the testimonial of MSU student Danielle Bott.)

In case you missed them, three new videos are up. In one video, Doug Lewis,a Washtenaw County 4-H volunteer, talks about the impact Michigan 4-H Youth Development has on our youth. I watched this one over the weekend, and my heart was literally pounding with emotion!

In addition, listen to MSU Extension nutrition and food safety educator Joyce McGarry, talk about the importance Extension had throughout her life, culminating in her becoming an Extension staff member.

And finally, Rep. Roger Victory: when he isn’t representing the 88th District in Michigan’s House of Representatives, he runs Victory Farms in Ottawa County. With the guidance of MSU Extension agents, he started his farm at a very young age, and has since then worked with MSU Extension to facilitate the guidance of other farmers to keep our farm economy thriving.

Watch all four videos by going to the MSU Extension YouTube page.

Check Facebook and YouTube for additional videos as well as the latest information from Extension.

Thanks to ANR Communications social media manager Paula Sheynerman for producing the videos as well as her colleagues Jamie Wilson and Dave Ellis who assisted.

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Michigan House adopts centennial resolution

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.

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Michigan Legislature honors MSU Extension

Thursday 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). U.S. Sen. Hoke Smith of Georgia and U.S. Rep. A. F. Lever of South Carolina authored the Smith-Lever Act to expand the “vocational, agricultural and home demonstration programs in rural America” by bringing the research-based knowledge of the land-grant universities to people where they live and work.

Our Michigan Legislature is expected to adopt two resolutions that honor MSU Extension. Yesterday, May 8, the Michigan Senate adopted Senate Resolution 143. It recognizes the significance of the Smith-Lever Act to the establishment of Cooperative Extension nationwide and encourages 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, and was joined by co-sponsors Darwin Booher, Jack Brandenburg, Michael Green, Goeffrey Hanson, Michael Kowall, John Pappageorge and John Proos.

Rep. Roger Victory is the lead sponsor on a similar resolution in the House of Representatives, and the House members are expected to vote on the resolution next week. I’m grateful for the support we receive from our Legislature as well as from Michigan residents.

We’ve spent 100 years delivering programs to help people improve their lives, and you as educators, specialists, support staff, volunteers – whatever your contribution ‒ have been a part of that history. We will continue to extend university-based research and knowledge to Michigan residents. You can be proud of our past, our present and the future that MSU Extension will create.

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