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Grays Harbor celebrates 100 years of WSU Extension services

MONTESANO — The Grays Harbor County commissioners approved a proclamation last week, celebrating 100 years of working together with the Cooperative Extension Service of Washington State University.

Interim county director Dan Teuteberg said their research suggests that next year is likely the 100th anniversary of the service in Grays Harbor County.

“We want to celebrate the strong partnership between cooperative extension and Grays Harbor County,” Teuteberg said, adding that the group has been involved with a wide range of programming ranging from youth development to healthy eating to forestry education, marine science, horticulture, agriculture.

“Victory gardens were very popular in the 1940s and WSU Extension had a huge part in that,” he added. “We look to the past to where we’ve been and we look to the future to where we’re headed.”

On May 8, 1914 the federal Smith-Lever Act established the Cooperative Extension Service.

“The result of a unique educational partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the nation’s land-grant universities, Extension engages people, organizations and communities through programs that advance knowledge, economic well-being and quality of life,” according to an anniversary website for the university.