Extending Knowledge - Changing Lives in New Jersey & Beyond

In 2014, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Smith-Lever Act of 1914, which officially created the national Cooperative Extension System. This national celebration will highlight Extension's past and focus on the contemporary application of Extension's transformational, educational programming into the future.

The national celebration will be complemented by state and county activities throughout the year. May 8, 2014 will be the primary day of the national celebration to signify the actual day the Smith-Lever Act was signed in 1914.

Voices of RCE

As part of the celebration, we are working on a Voices of RCE History Project and collecting statements, stories, photos and videos from past and present Extension personnel to share the scope of our work and its impact on New Jersey residents. Visit the links below for some stories from past and present RCE employees:

Photo of John Gerwig John L. Gerwig, Dean and Director of Extension and Extension Specialist in Field Crops

Photo of Anne Gerwig Anne Sheelen Gerwig, Extension Home Economist and Assistant Director of Extension

Photo of William Roberts William Roberts, Extension Specialist

Photo of Brevoort Conover Brevoort Conover, 4-H Youth Development Agent

Photo: Enos Perry. Enos J. Perry, Rutgers Extension Specialist in Dairy Husbandry

Photo: Rollyn Winters Rollyn Winters, New Jersey State 4-H Program Leader from 1947-1974

Photo: Nick Polanin Nick Polanin, Somerset County Agricultural Agent