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GREENVILLE - The Ohio State University Extension office of Darke County was presented a proclamation Friday at the Great Darke County Fair by Ohio State Treasurer Josh Mandel’s office.


The extension is celebrating it’s 100th anniversary this year, Rhonda Williams, 4-H educator and county extension director told the crowd in the youth building.


“We celebrated 100 years on May 8. That was the signing of the Smith-Lever Act [of 1914] which established cooperative extensions,” said Williams.


According to Wikipedia, the Smith–Lever Act of 1914 is a United States federal law that established a system of cooperative extension services, connected to the land-grant universities, in order to inform people about current developments in agriculture, home economics, public policy/government, leadership, 4-H, economic development, coastal issues (National Sea Grant College Program), and many other related subjects. It helped farmers learn new agricultural techniques by the introduction of home instruction.


“We are your front door to The Ohio State University,” said Williams of the county extension office.


Each county in Ohio has an extension office, she said. Williams has been with the OSU Extension Office in Darke County since 1995. She works alongside Diane Barga, Family and Consumer Sciences coordinator, Sam Custer, Ag and Natural Resources educator and Gloria Jo Langenkamp, office associate


Lauren Bowen, regional representative for Josh Mandel’s office, presented the proclamation to Williams and read it to the crowd.


“It is with great pleasure that I, Josh Mandel, treasurer of Ohio extend my congratulations to The Ohio State University extension of Darke County in honor of its 100th anniversary,” Bowen read. “The Ohio State University extension has been a valuable resource to the community. For the past century the extension office has positively impacted Darke County by providing educational programming and applying practical research to meet the needs of the area…”


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