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Dona Ana County Cooperative Extension Service to celebrate centennial

The Dona Ana County Cooperative Extension Service will celebrate the centennial anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act of 1914 April 22 at the Dona Ana County Government Center at 845 N. Motel Blvd.

The event begins at 9 a.m. with a proclamation from the Board of Dona Ana County Commissioners and a presentation on the Extension office’s 100-year partnership with Dona Ana County.

“This event is a great opportunity to celebrate our rich history and share how we continue to provide our community with practical research-based information,” said Karim Martinez, county program director and home economist.

From 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. representatives from the Extension office will have free information booths setup in the lobby. They will have information on a wide variety of topics including gardening, agriculture, diabetes, healthy recipes, food safety, emergency preparation, 4-H youth development and pet care.

The Smith-Lever Act established the Cooperative Extension Service. The collaboration between the United States Department of Agriculture, state land-grant universities and counties connect the people of the state, so they can benefit from the science-based knowledge generated at their land-grant university.

For more information contact the Dona Ana County Extension office at 575-525-6649.