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Extension Service Centennial celebrates with open house


Special to The Dispatch



To celebrate 100 years of the Extension Service in Mississippi, the Lowndes County Extension office hosts an Open House with cake, punch and beverages Thursday, May 8 from 2-5 p.m. at the Lowndes County Extension Office, 318 Seventh St . N. in Columbus.  


Centennial events include the open house and a tomato growing seminar, beginning at 5:30 p.m. and ending with information on how to enter a tomato growing contest in Lowndes County. 


"The Mississippi State University Extension Service is committed to providing research-based learning opportunities designed to help Mississippians solve problems, develop skills and build a better future," said Gary Jackson, director of the MSU Extension Service. "Along with our many state and local partners, we look forward to celebrating our past accomplishments while maintaining a focus on the bright future ahead." 


The Smith-Lever Act, signed on May 8, 1914, established the Cooperative Extension Service, the nationwide education system operating through land-grant universities in partnership with federal, state and local governments. 


For more information on the Extension Service Centennial Celebration, visit the Extension Service Facebook page at or Twitter account at



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