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Celebrating a century

Penn State Extension toast anniversary

MEXICO–The Penn State Extension celebrated 100 years of service in Juniata County during its anniversary event on Tuesday at the Walker Grange.

The Penn State Extension originally expanded in May of 1914 when Congress passed the Smith-Lever Act in an effort to provide education and aid in subjects relating to agriculture and home economics, according to Jeff Hackenberg, client relationship manager for the extension.

“Over the 100 years, the Penn State Extension was, and is, a modern educational organization,” said Hackenberg. “The mission still remains the same, to provide unbiased, science-based information to the citizens of Pennsylvania.”

The event also included comments from Juniata County Commissioner Mark Partner and 4-H educator Teresa Ellinger, who both expressed their appreciation for the Penn State Extension and the impact it has had on Juniata County youth. The evening also featured remarks from Senator Jake Corman as well as Secretary of Agriculture, Russell Redding.

“I want to celebrate a century of excellence, but I also want to mark this as the second century of excellence,” said Corman.

“It’s 100 years old, but there’s both inspiration in the story and there’s inspiration in the output,” Redding said in regards to the extension’s outreach. “It wasn’t done just as a federal action. It was done as a cooperative action and a cooperative approach that brought the federal government, the state governments and the local governments together for the purpose of changing society.”

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