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An Agricultural Centennial: Farm Bureau & Ag Extension

August 17, 2017

On March 7, 1917 417 farmers in Merced county voted to start Farm Bureau and UC Cooperative Extension and by the end of 1918 they had 550 members in the County Farm Bureau and 42 members in the boys and girls clubs. Unfortunately, the 1917 Narrative Report has been lost, but the 1918 Narrative Report, written by County Agent J.F. Grass Jr., states:

The Annual Report of 1917 found the Merced County Farm Bureau only seven months old but well underweigh (sic) and in a good healthy condition. Many of its projects had been started but it was still to be seen how much was actually carried through to completion. This year allows another twelve months of development and we find it still in a very good health condition, with many fair sized accomplishments to its credit, and well on its way on some of the big problems facing the county, which are being taken up in a larger way than usual.

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Agriculture in California

February 28, 2017

Last month, UC Cooperative Extension Archivist, Lisa Vallen, covered the purpose and importance of the UC Cooperative Extension Archives. In this new post, she gives you an overview of agriculture in California and then focuses in on the three counties she is working with: Merced, Ventura, and Humboldt.

Preserving 100 Years of Agricultural Resources: Creating the UC Cooperative Extension Archive

January 26, 2017

Welcome to the UC Cooperative Extension Archive blog. My name is Lisa Vallen, I am the UC Cooperative Extension Project Archivist. I realize that not everyone is familiar with Cooperative Extension, so for this first post I’m going fill everyone in on the who, what, when, where and why of this special project!