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1919 Annual Farm Adviser Meeting

University of Illinois Extension - 100 years of agricultural programming

Posted by Russel Higgins - Corn

January and February are very busy months for agriculture meetings in Illinois. As we actively promote and market our programs it is interesting to reflect on the 100 years of agricultural education efforts that have taken place in Illinois. In the University of Illinois library archives Jane Scherer discovered the above photo of the Illinois Farm Advisers annual meeting on campus in 1919 (I believe in front of Davenport Hall).

Here are some other interesting facts pulled from the University of Illinois Extension Timeline
  • 1887 Congress creates Agricultural Experiment Stations at Land-Grant Colleges to conduct research to improve farming methods.
  • 1914 Smith Lever Act passed nationwide to establish the Extension Service.
  • 1915 A grain harvesting demonstration in DeKalb County showed how the "modern" automobile could be used to pull grain harvesting equipment.
  • 1927 Railroads cooperated with Extension on a livestock Extension program called, "Cow, Sow, and Hen Special." Railroad cars featured exhibits including animals, how to make up feed rations, and various types of equipment. Extension staff would teach at various train stops. In November 1927, the train made 29 stops in 19 Illinois counties in seven days.
  • 1948 What would evolve into the Northern Illinois Agronomy Research Center was established
  • 1996 First Illinois Extension website was launched.

And in 2014? Two programs approaching quickly

Northern Illinois Crop Management Conference February 12th & 13th, Kishwaukee College

Rootworm management and biology meeting February 19th, 9:30 - Noon, Northern Illinois Agronomy Research Center

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