MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

Opinion

February 5, 2014

Extension a little-known, valuable service

Happy centennial to the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Services.

OCES will mark its birthday with a variety of county and statewide events leading up to and through the spring anniversary date, including a feature-length documentary set to premiere May 8 on OETA-TV, a media release states.

We hope this raises awareness of the valuable services these offices around the state offer. It’s a wonderful resource that’s not well-known.

Oklahoma State University and Langston University engage in Extension outreach activities in the state. Legislation enacted in 1914 created a partnership among county, state and federal governments and provided funding through land-grant schools to expand vocational, agricultural, and home and family programs beyond the university.

The extension service provides information on gardening, health, nutrition, crops, animal science, and a variety of other topics — most of them free.

Even those who have heard of the OCES may not be aware of all the services they offer.

It’s more than just farming and ranching. It also offers valuable resources about food, nutrition, health and safety education.

So check the service out as it celebrates its 100th birthday.

Learn more

If you would like to learn more about the Oklahoma State University Extension Service and the services it offers, drop by the office at the Muskogee Fairgrounds, 1440 S. Cherokee St., call (918) 686-7200 or go online to  http://oces.okstate.edu/muskogee or www.oces.okstate.edu.

 

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