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UW Extension Celebrates 100 Years

16 Oct News

With 100 years of working for Wisconsin, The UW-Extension in Lincoln County will celebrate that anniversary tonight.

Cooperative Extension’s first agent E.L. Luther was hired back in 1912 where he made farm visits in Oneida County on a 2 cylinder motorbike. The prior year, Wisconsin legislature provided funds for counties to jointly employ with the College of Agriculture. Luther eventually provided information about livestock, winter feed, soils and legumes.

A.H. Cole, the first extension Agent in Lincoln County began two years later, in 1914.

Today the Cooperative Extension has evolved greatly, delivering expertise to the public based on university knowledge and research in rural and urban areas across the state.

Dean and Director Richard Klemme says, “Our centennial provides us with a timely opportunity to thank clients, partners and friends…and creates opportunities for people to share their memories of Cooperative Extension.

Tonight’s celebration will take place prior to the Lincoln County Board meeting from 5-6 in the Upper Level Lobby at the Lincoln County Service Center.