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It's July already?!


Independence Day.
Fourth of July.
The founding of our nation.

Family, fun & fireworks!

Whatever your traditions for this national holiday, this one will feel different than last year.  It should.  We've been through a lot & we've been through it together.  We've been reminded that working together is better.  We've been reminded that we're stronger together.  Stronger together like the thousands of people in the Cooperative Extension Service.

Historically, July is a big month for the Cooperative Extension Service as our own @Rose Hayden-Smith reminded us a couple days ago.

On July 2nd in 1862, Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Act, providing the funding framework and vision for land-grant institutions and public higher education in the U.S. It was a visionary act, part of a legislative sweep that year that included...

  • Emancipation Proclamation
  • Homestead Act
  • Pacific Railroad Act
  • USDA was created as a cabinet-level agency

This legislation reflected his optimism that the Union would survive the Civil War, and also reflected an expression of the larger things the nation might accomplish. The legislation signed 159 years ago impacts our lives today.
*Thanks Rose! We couldn't have said it better!

Huge thanks to each one of the thousands of Cooperative Extension Service professionals who selflessly serve communities all across our great country.

On this holiday weekend, enjoy the company of family & friends.  Embrace the fun.  Revel at the fireworks displays.  Have gratitude for where we've come.  Where we've come in recent history and since our nation's founding.

On behalf of the entire Extension Foundation team, we wish everyone a most enjoyable holiday weekend!

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