In 1914 the Smith-Lever Act created the national system for Extension. Special events to mark this centennial anniversary have included:
- A video about Extension in Minnesota was created to celebrate the 100-year anniversary. Check it out: "Extending knowledge, changing lives."
- Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy, director of USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), was in Minnesota to speak at an international conference on food and science. On April 30, Extension faculty and staff in northeast Minnesota hosted him at the Cloquet Forestry Center where he learned more about University of Minnesota Extension.
- On May 8, the date of the actual signing of the Smith Lever Act, a national centennial convocation was held in Washington, D.C. Bev Durgan, Dean; Aimee Viniard-Weideman, assistant dean of communications and public relations; and David Werner, chief financial officer, participated in the national celebration.
- Throughout 2014, National Cooperative Extension is celebrating the centennial with a project called "Extension Reconsidered." The project engages 13 land-grant universities, including University of Minnesota, to reflect on and envision Cooperative Extension's role and relevance in higher education across the U.S. In Minnesota, we will hold conversations in a variety of settings. The primary Minnesota Extension Reconsidered event will be part of the July 30-31 Rural Design Conference at UM Crookston.