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This collection contains a letter for the Cooperative Extension Work Letter.

Biographical/Historical Note

The University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service (UACES), an arm of the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, offers non-traditional education, bringing university research to Arkansans to help improve their lives. The UACES disseminates information on agricultural production, protection of natural resources, family and consumer sciences, 4-H youth development, rural community development, and public issues education. The UACES state headquarters is in Little Rock, Pulaski County, on land that borders the campus of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR). Three federal legislative acts, passed during the mid- to late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, created the national Agricultural Extension Service (AES), and an expanding boll weevil infestation eventually brought the UACES to Arkansas. The first of three federal acts, the 1862 Morrill Land-Grant Colleges Act, established the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and allowed states to sell excess federal land to fund a land-grant university in each state. Arkansas’s land-grant campus was established in Fayetteville, Washington County, eventually becoming the University of Arkansas (UA). The Hatch Act of 1887 appropriated federal funding for experiment stations, most associated with land-grant universities, to conduct agricultural research. The Smith-Lever Act, passed on May 8, 1914, created the AES nationwide.

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Document, 8.5" x 11"

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Cooperative Extension Work letter, SMC.041.042


Arkansas State Archives

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Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Cooperative Extension Work letter, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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