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RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING CENTENNIAL OF COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SERVICE

Approved by the Mānoa Faculty Senate
3/19/2014
46 in support; 3 opposed


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RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING CENTENNIAL OF COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SERVICE

Whereas, Included among the faculty of the University of Hawaii at Manoa in the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) are extension agents and specialists who are part of the Cooperative Extension Service (CES); and

Whereas, The Cooperative Extension System, to which CTAHR CES belongs, is the world’s largest non-traditional education system, found in almost all of the 3,150 counties in the 50 states and all of the U.S. Territories; and
Whereas, Most of the extension agents and many of the extension specialists work from off-campus extension offices located on all the major Hawaiian Islands; and

Whereas, These faculty use their scholarship to provide individual consultation and offer educational workshops and short-courses covering topics in agriculture, consumer sciences, family living, 4-H and other youth development activities, human nutrition, and health free of charge to community members; and

Whereas, These faculty prepare educational materials such as brochures, publications, and videos that are available online or at the county extension offices for use by the general public, and

Whereas, The national Cooperative Extension Service was created in 1914 with the passage of the Smith-Lever Act, which authorized Congress to fund agricultural colleges to “aid in diffusing among the people of the United States useful and practical information on subjects related to agriculture and home economics, and to encourage the application of the same”; and

Whereas, The Hawaii College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts, which was to become the University of Hawaii, had begun offering extension services even prior to this, beginning in 1908, providing special afternoon and evening lectures and demonstrations on agriculture and subjects of public interest; and

Whereas, The Hawaii Agricultural Extension Service was officially inaugurated on September 1, 1928, when Governor Wallace R. Farrington signed the Hawaii Act and the University of Hawaii College of Applied Science was able to secure Smith-Lever Funding; and

Whereas, Frederick Krauss, who assumed CES leadership in Hawaii in 1929, wrote that the goal of the Cooperative Extension Service was “to give useful instructions and practical demonstration in agriculture and home economics to persons not attending or resident in the university and by this means to promote better methods of farming and rural living”; and

Whereas, In 1929 all employees of the Agricultural Extension Service became members of the University of Hawaii faculty, while the county agents were nonresident members of the faculty, and the extension offices became part of the University plant; and

Whereas, CES remains the third major component of land-grant universities such as the University of Hawaii, along with instruction and research, being a partnership between federal, state, and local governments and having the responsibility for providing science-based information and educational programs in agriculture, natural resources, and human resources; therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Manoa Faculty Senate recognizes the significance of the Smith-Lever Act of 1914 to the establishment of the Cooperative Extension Service; and

Honors the University of Hawaii at Manoa faculty past, present, and future who dedicate their careers to providing trusted information and skills to help individuals, families, businesses, and communities solve problems, develop skills, and build a better future; and

Thanks Cooperative Extension volunteers who provide thousands of hours to promote excellence for 4-H, Master Gardeners, family and consumer sciences, and other programs across the state of Hawaii; and

Encourages continued collaboration and cooperation with the faculty and administration of the University of Hawaii at Manoa and federal, state, and local governments to ensure Cooperative Extension╩╗s sustainability as Hawaii╩╗s and the nation’s premiere non-formal educational network; and be it further

Resolved, That a copy of the resolution be forwarded to the UH Board of Regents, the Chancellor of the University of Hawaii at Manoa and the Dean of the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources.


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