Buchanan County Celebrates MU Extension's 100th Anniversary

Published 05/08 2014 10:48AM

Updated 05/09 2014 07:53AM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) The University of Missouri Extension's 100th anniversary has arrived.

MU is a land-grant university that extends university research beyond campus to all 114 Missouri counties.

To celebrate the centennial, MU Extension showcased many of its programs to Mizzou students.

Here in St. Joseph, Buchanan County Commissioner RT Turner read a proclamation Wednesday marking the extension's 100th anniversary.

Locally, extension agents help attract kids to programs like 4-H.  They also offer resources related to agronomy, horticulture and many other programs.

In the beginning, programs focused mostly on agriculture, but as the number of farmers decreased, extension offices adjusted their offerings.

"Hopefully, we have the ability to adapt to the local needs as well as the general needs that people might have. I think that would relate to why we've been around 100 years," said Don Miller, county program developer.

Miller added that the local extension office hopes to relocate to the proposed Agri-Expo Center, which is currently in the fundraising phase.

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