University of Arizona

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University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Service Collection

The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Service was formed in 1915 under the provisions of the Federal Smith-Lever Act. As a division of the University of Arizona College of Agriculture the goals of the Cooperative Agricultural Extension Service are to provide instruction regarding farming and home economics for the improvement of farming practices and production; in short, to make scientific discovery and methods available to the public.

By the 1930s weekly publications from the Extension Service regarding issues of economic change and dry farming agriculture were widely distributed for the benefit of Arizona farm families. The Extension Service also assists in 4-H projects; Indian reservation outreach education; assists in forming organized homemakers clubs; and supports community based agricultural projects.