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Elaine Marshall:
Extension made me who I am today

N.C. Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, who grew up as a 4-H’er on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, credits 4-H and Cooperative Extension with helping her become who she is today.

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Elaine Marshall:
Extension made me who I am today

N.C. Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, who grew up as a 4-H’er on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, credits 4-H and Cooperative Extension with helping her become who she is today.

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Then and Now: Youth
programs from corn and tomatoes to STEM

Poultry club members Carl and Richard Lutz show the earliest side of 4-H.[/caption] Cooperative Extension got its start through two youth organizations, with the idea that parents might adopt skills they learned from their children. Boys Corn Clubs came first, teaching boys to grow corn using scientific methods. The club members’ impressive yields led their fathers to come to these junior farmers for seed corn.  In the Girls Tomato Clubs, members grew tomatoes in a tenth of an acre, selling the fresh market tomatoes and preserving the extras for home use and sale. Mothers soon began to request home demonstration clubs of their own. Brevard High School students are involved in TIME for Real Science.[/caption] 4-H is today’s Cooperative Extension youth program, but even 4-H looks different than it did 50 years ago. While some 4-H’ers still exhibit livestock, others participate in STEM programs -- Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. 4-H robotics programs and clubs teach youth to create simple machines. In Brevard, 4-H partnered with a local high school to create an advanced class called TIME for Real Science where students are engaged in university-level research.

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UNC-TV's North
Carolina Now features NC Cooperative Extension

North Carolina Cooperative Extension has been extending the knowledge and improving the lives of the state’s citizens since it was established in 1914 — growing North Carolina for 100 years! To commemorate the Centennial of NC Cooperative Extension, UNC-TV — North Carolina’s statewide public television network —will produce and broadcast a special series on NC’s only statewide weeknightly public affairs program, North Carolina Now. TUNE IN THURSDAYS AT 7:30 PM for these special stories throughout 2014: 4/24 — Youth and 4-H 5/29 — New Agriculture/Niche Marketing 6/26 — Environmental Stewardship 7/24 — Local Foods 8/28 — Disaster Preparedness 9/25 — Green Industry 10/30 — Food Safety 11/27 — Family Health and Nutrition 12/18 — Future of Cooperative Extension

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A century of
impact

North Carolina Cooperative Extension has been extending lives and changing lives for 100 years. Our online timeline provides a glimpse into our beginnings and the impact we've had on our state's economy, environment and quality of life.

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Add to the centennial
chatter with Twitter

Cooperative Extension professionals and their clients nationwide are using social media to share their insights into the organization's history and its impact.

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