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County Resolutions

Here are three resolutions that can be used within your county to suit your needs.

Centennial Celebration Month Resolution

Recognizing May 2014 As National Cooperative Extension Centennial Celebration Month

WHEREAS, Rutgers Cooperative Extension of _____ County is part of the nationwide Cooperative Extension System that is a partnership of federal, state and local governments and Rutgers, the state land-grant university; and WHEREAS, The Smith-Lever Act of 1914 established the Cooperative Extension Service, utilizing faculty serving as Extension Educators or County Agents, who along with local staff and community-based resources, extend University research and knowledge to local communities; and WHEREAS, Rutgers Cooperative Extension provides wide-ranging educational programs and information in the areas of agriculture, fisheries, urban and community outreach, 4-H youth development, food, nutrition and health, along with related areas of economic and workforce development across New Jersey; and WHEREAS, Rutgers Cooperative Extension programs in Family & Community Health Sciences; Agriculture and Natural Resources; the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - Education (SNAP-Ed); and 4-H Youth Development benefit over __________ families, schools and businesses in _____ County;

Now, therefore, be it resolved by the Board of Chosen Freeholders of __________ County that May 2014 be designated as National Cooperative Extension Centennial Celebration Month in _______ County and that we encourage residents to take advantage of the programs and educational opportunities that Rutgers Cooperative Extension, a unit of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station offers to the community.

 

Centennial Celebration Week Resolution

Recognizing May 4-10 As National Cooperative Extension Centennial Celebration Week

WHEREAS, Rutgers Cooperative Extension of _____ County is part of the nationwide Cooperative Extension System that is a partnership of federal, state and local governments and Rutgers, the state land-grant university; and WHEREAS, The Smith-Lever Act of 1914 established the Cooperative Extension Service, utilizing faculty serving as Extension Educators or County Agents, who along with local staff and community-based resources, extend University research and knowledge to local communities; and WHEREAS, Rutgers Cooperative Extension provides wide-ranging educational programs and information in the areas of agriculture, fisheries, urban and community outreach, 4-H youth development, food, nutrition and health, along with related areas of economic and workforce development across New Jersey; and WHEREAS, Rutgers Cooperative Extension programs in Family & Community Health Sciences; Agriculture and Natural Resources; the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – Education (SNAP-Ed); and 4-H Youth Development benefit over __________ families, schools and businesses in _____ County;

Now, therefore, be it resolved by the Board of Chosen Freeholders of __________ County that May 4-10, 2014 be designated as National Cooperative Extension Centennial Celebration Week and that we encourage county residents to take advantage of the programs and educational opportunities that RCE offers to the community.

General Resolution

Honoring The Centennial Of The Smith-Lever Act Establishing Cooperative Extension

WHEREAS, The Smith-Lever Act of 1914 established the Cooperative Extension Service, a state-by-state national network of extension educators who extend the university-based research and knowledge to the people in the counties; and

WHEREAS, the Cooperative Extension System is a nationwide educational network that is a collaboration of federal, state and local governments and a state land-grant university; and

WHEREAS, the mission of the Cooperative Extension System is to disseminate research-based information on topics as varied as nutrition and health, youth development, agriculture, horticulture, animal husbandry, small business and personal finance. Every U.S. state and territory has a central state Extension office at its land-grant university and county offices staffed by professionals; and

WHEREAS, Cooperative Extension of __________ County, a unit of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station of Rutgers University, serves its residents through faculty and staff providing educational programs and research to meet the needs of the county; and

WHEREAS, The Smith-Lever Act of 1914 established the Cooperative Extension Service, a state-by-state national network of Extension educators who extend the university-based research and knowledge to the people in the counties; an
WHEREAS, for 100 years, the Smith-Lever Act has stimulated innovative research and vital educational programs for youth and adults through progressive information delivery systems that improved lives and shaped a nation; and

WHEREAS, Cooperative Extension educational programs in the areas of Family & Community Health Sciences, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Water Resource Management, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – Education (SNAP-Ed), and 4-H Youth Development have benefitted over ___________producers, businesses, families and youth in ___________ County; and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT PROCLAIMED BY THE BOARD OF CHOSEN FREEHOLDERS OF THE COUNTY OF ________________ as follows.

That this Board, on behalf of the citizens of _____________County recognizes the 100th Anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act that established Cooperative Extension.  We honor and thank all the faculty and staff, past, present and future, of Rutgers Cooperative Extension of __________County who serve residents of all ages and backgrounds and that all residents continue to grow in awareness and support, and reap the benefits of the programs and services provided by Rutgers Cooperative Extension of _______________ County.

General Resolution - Longer

Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Signing of the Smith-Lever Act,
the founding legislation of the nationwide Cooperative Extension System

Whereas May 8, 2014, marks the centennial of the signing of the Smith-Lever Act (Act of May 8, 1914, Ch. 79, 38 Stat. 372, 7 U.S.C. 341 et seq.), which established Cooperative Extension, the nationwide transformational education system operating through land-grant universities in partnership with federal, state and local governments.

Whereas U.S. Sen. Hoke Smith of Georgia and U.S. Rep. A. F. Lever of South Carolina authored the Smith-Lever Act to expand the "vocational, agricultural and home demonstration programs in rural America" by bringing the research-based knowledge of the land-grant universities to people where they live and work.

Whereas Cooperative Extension is a critical component of the three-part land-grant university mission 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.

Whereas the Cooperative Extension System continues to receive federal programmatic leadership and support enabled by the Smith Lever Act and other legislation through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Whereas Cooperative Extension’s research-based education for farmers and ranchers helped establish the United States as a leading agricultural-producing nation in the world.

Whereas since 1924, when the clover emblem was adopted by USDA to represent 4-H, Cooperative Extension’s nationwide youth development program has reached millions of youth and helped prepare them for responsible adulthood. 

Whereas Cooperative Extension prepares people for healthy, productive lives through sustained education, such as the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program, breaking the cycle of poverty and reducing expenditures for federal and state assistance programs.

Whereas Cooperative Extension provides rapid response to disasters and emergencies through the Extension Disaster Education Network and other similar efforts by providing real-time alerts and resources so Extension educators can respond to urgent needs resulting from hurricanes, floods, oil spills, fire, drought, pest outbreaks and infectious diseases affecting humans, livestock and crops.

Whereas Cooperative Extension translates science-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 to find answers and encourage application of findings to improve economic and social conditions.

Whereas Cooperative Extension engages with rural and urban learners through practical, community-based and online approaches, resulting in the acquisition of knowledge, skills and motivation to strengthen the profitability of animal and plant production systems, protect natural resources, help people make healthful lifestyle choices, ensure a safe and abundant food supply, encourage community vitality and grow the next generation of leaders.

Whereas many states are celebrating the centennial of the signing of the Smith-Lever Act with resolutions and proclamations, and many land-grant institutions also are commemorating the signing of the historic legislation.

Therefore, be it resolved, that the County of _____________ Board of Chosen Freeholders:

Recognize the significance of the Smith-Lever Act to the establishment of Cooperative Extension in New Jersey.

Encourages the people of ___________ County to observe and celebrate the centennial with a focus on launching an innovative and sustainable future for Rutgers Cooperative Extension.

Honors the Rutgers University – Cooperative Extension faculty and staff who dedicate careers to providing trusted education to help people, families, youth, businesses and communities solve problems, develop skills and build a better future.

Thanks to the Rutgers Cooperative Extension volunteers who provide thousands of hours to promote excellence for 4-H, Master Gardeners, family and consumer sciences and other programs in their communities.

Encourages continued collaboration and cooperation among federal, state and local governments to ensure Cooperative Extension’s sustainability as the nation’s premiere nonformal educational network.

Celebrates millions of youth, adults, families, farmers, ranchers, community leaders and others who engage in Rutgers Cooperative Extension learning opportunities designed to extend knowledge and change lives.

NOW THEREFORE, the _____________ County Board of Chosen Freeholders do hereby proclaim the month of May 2014 as Rutgers Cooperative Extension Month, recognizing the 100th Anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act that established Cooperative Extension. We honor and thank all the faculty and staff, past, present and future, of Rutgers Cooperative Extension who serve residents of all ages and backgrounds and that all residents continue to grow in awareness and support, and reap the benefits of the programs and services provided by Rutgers Cooperative Extension.