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.
Join us on Sunday, August 20th for 4-H Picnic in the Park to celebrate the opening of the newest exhibit at the Courthouse Museum in Merced, An Agricultural Centennial: Farm Bureau & Ag Extension. This exhibit celebrates the centennial of the forming of Farm Bureau and UC Cooperative Extension here in Merced County.
Come view part of our archive on display and participate in hands-on activities such as woodworking, 4-H science experiments, sewing, and a maker lab. Enjoy food fresh off the grill and admire displays and presentations and learn about the history of UC Cooperative Extension and Farm Bureau in Merced County.
4-H Picnic in the Park
Time: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m
When: Sunday, August 20th
Where: 21st and N Streets