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Note from David Civittolo

When the Smith-Lever Act passed on May 8, 1914, the groundwork was laid for a Cooperative Extension Service in every state. Because of this act, Ohioans have had access to unbiased research-backed information that is generated at Ohio State and other land-grant universities by way of Extension professionals, like us, for more than a century.

While the ways in which we share information and the topics we research have changed over the 110 years since Smith-Lever was passed, the core of our work is still firmly rooted in making sure all Ohioans have access to science-based information in the areas of agriculture and natural resources, 4-H youth development, family and consumer sciences, and community development.

Let’s continue the work the Smith-Lever Act asks of us with diligence and confidence – knowing that the work we do really does enhance the lives of Ohioans. 

Best, David