Oktibbeha County 4-H members exhibit their prized Jersey dairy cattle in this undated photo, taken behind the old depot on Jackson Street. The Mississippi State University Extension Service, and Mississippiâ€™s 4-H program with it, celebrates its 100th anniversary today. (MSU Ag Communications file photo)
Gary Jackson, director of the Mississippi State University Extension Service (MSUES), considers 1914 the year that MSU and other universities like it became complete.
The first piece, he said, was the Morrill Act of 1862 that created land-grant universities like MSU, then known as Mississippi Agricultural and Mechanical College. The second piece, he said, was the Hatch Act of 1877 that created agricultural experiment stations for each of these universities. But the last piece, he said, was the Smith-Lever Act of 1914 that established those universitiesâ€™ cooperative Extension services.
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