Since 1862, states were empowered to set aside land that would be used to fund institutes of higher education that would feature agriculture and engineering along with other studies. These “land-grant colleges” became the basis of a 1914 law that had the Department of Agriculture work in improving agriculture and rural life. Today every state has cooperative extensions that carry out this mandate, including extension offices in every country of New York State, which work with Cornell University. For this program, Radio Rotary interviews Stefanie Hubert, the Executive Director of the Putnam County Cornell Cooperative Extension. There are many fascinating topics, ranging from the effort to encourage farmers to grow hemp; the master-gardener program; advice for good nutrition; and the 4-H program for youth—which on the last weekend in July in Putnam County puts on the only free-standing 4-H Fair in the nation.
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Putnam County: http://putnam.cce.cornell.edu/
Cooperative Extension History: https://nifa.usda.gov/cooperative-extension-history
Master Gardeners: https://www.ahsgardening.org/gardening-resources/master-gardeners
Slow Food USA: https://www.slowfoodusa.org/
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