Virginia Cooperative Extension Day


WHEREAS, May 8, 2014, marks the centennial of the signing of the Smith-Lever Act, which established Cooperative Extension, the nationwide transformational education system operating through land-grant universities in partnership with federal, state, and local governments to expand the “vocational, agricultural, and home demonstration programs in rural America” by bringing the research-based knowledge of land-grant universities to people where they live and work; and


WHEREAS, Virginia Cooperative Extension is a critical component of the three-part land-grant university mission at Virginia Tech and Virginia State University, and works collaboratively with research, particularly the Agricultural Experiment Station System, and academic programs in 106 colleges and universities, including historically black-, Native-American-, and Hispanic-serving institutions, in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and six U.S. territories to reach traditional and underserved audiences in all communities; and


WHEREAS, Virginia Cooperative Extension programs are delivered through a network of faculty and staff members at two universities, 107 county and city offices, 11 agricultural research and Extension centers, and six 4-H educational centers; and


WHEREAS, VirginiaCooperative Extension’s research-based education for farmers and ranchers helped establish the United States as a leading agricultural-producing nation; and


WHEREAS, Virginia Cooperative Extension translatesscience-based research for practical application through local and online learning networks where educators are uniquely available to identify emerging research questions, connect with land-grant university faculty members to find answers, and encourage the application of findings to improve economic and social conditions; and


WHEREAS, Virginia Cooperative Extension engageswith rural and urban learners through practical, community-based approaches, resulting in the acquisition of knowledge, skills, and motivation to enhance the profitability of animal and plant production systems, protect natural resources, help people make healthful lifestyle choices, strengthen families, ensure a safe and abundant food supply, encourage community vitality, and develop the next generation of leaders; and


WHEREAS, Virginia Cooperative Extension forms collaborations with hundreds of public and private partners and thousands of volunteers who help it reach larger and more diverse audiences and leverage the impact of its work; and


WHEREAS, Virginia Cooperative Extension programs such as 4-H Youth Development, have reached millions of youth and help prepare them for responsible adulthood;


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize May 8, 2014, as VIRGINIA COOPERATIVE EXTENSION DAY in the COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.