May 28, 2014
Last week, both Senate and House Representatives held ceremonies in their respective chambers, honoring Congressman Frank Lever and his legacy with the Smith-Lever Act. Lever was a proud sponsor and supporter of many acts of legislation which aided agriculture.
The Smith-Lever Act was established in 1914 and was the proprietor of modernizing agriculture, giving farmers access to the best farming practices, and establishing education for women and kids through 4-H clubs. The Smith-Lever Act also established the Cooperative Extension Service, a state-by-state national network of educators who extend university-based knowledge to the people. The Clemson model became the basis of the Smith-Lever Act.