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1900s

1904: First corn club is established
George Claud (G.C.) Adams, Newton County Superintendent of Schools, organizes the first corn club for boys.

1904: Negro youth clubs are established
P. D. Johnson, an African American teacher in Newton County, started a program similar to Adams' with a corn patch project for African American sons and fathers who wanted to learn modern corn production practices.

1906: Youth programs expand to include girls' clubs and state contests
Girls’ garden, tomato and canning clubs begin in Hancock County; the first statewide corn and cotton growing contests are held.

1907: Carroll County receives Georgia's first Extension agent
Seaman A. Knapp, director of Cooperative Demonstration Work in Washington, D.C., hires Samuel M. Cown to be a county agent in Carroll County. Cown was the second county agent hired in the U.S.

1908: "College on Wheels" first takes research to farmers
The “College on Wheels” begins as an educational train traveling across the state with cars for livestock and the exhibition of modern farm machinery and farming practices.

1909: First youth agents are hired
Seaman A. Knapp, director of Cooperative Demonstration Work in Washington, D.C., employs the first state and local agents to promote boys' agricultural demonstration work in Georgia.


1910s

1910: Extension leadership is formed
Georgia hires its first Extension Director, J. Phil Campbell, who serves until 1933.

1910: "College on Wheels" receives state support
Because of the success of the “College on Wheels” train, Extension begins receiving $10,000 in state appropriations to disseminate agricultural information to Georgia farmers.

1911: Second “College on Wheels” continues success
The second educational train travels through Georgia, making 154 stops and reaching an estimated 350,000 farmers.

1913: First woman is hired by national Extension
Mary E. Creswell becomes the first woman employed by the Federal Extension Office in Washington, D.C.

1914: Smith-Lever Act creates Cooperative Extension Service
The Cooperate Extension Service is officially established and nationally funded with the passing of the Smith-Lever Act.

1915: The boll weevil appears in Georgia
Yield losses associated with the boll weevil reduced cotton acreage from a historical high of 5.2 million acres in 1914 down to 2.6 million acres in 1923.

1919: Coastal Plain Experiment Station opens in Tifton
The Georgia Land Owner's Association, a coastal plain organization led by Captain H.H. Tift and William Stillwell, successfully lobbies the state legislature to create an agricultural experiment station in the state's coastal plain region.


1920s

1920: 4-H clubs grow to 27,000 members in Georgia

1924: 4-H Club name and clover emblem are officially adopted
The official 4-H emblem is a four-leaf clover with an "H" in each leaf and the stem turned to the right.

1924: First Georgia 4-H camp opens in Athens
Camp Wilkins, Georgia’s first 4-H camp, opens in Athens on the site of what is now the Driftmier Engineering Building on the University of Georgia campus.

1927: 4-H pledge and motto are adopted
State 4-H leaders adopt the national 4-H pledge and motto at the first National 4-H Camp held in Washington, D.C.


1930s

1933: First Georgia 4-H Club Council meeting is held
The first State 4-H Club Council meeting is held in Milledgeville.

1938: Soil testing begins at the Georgia Experiment Station
Dr. L.C. Olson begins soil testing at the Georgia Experiment Station in Griffin, Ga.


1940s

1942: Georgia Experiment Station releases ‘Empire’ cotton
Researchers from the Georgia Experiment Station in Griffin, Ga., release the ‘Empire’ cotton variety.

1943: 4-H begins using Camp Wahsega
Georgia 4-H holds events at Camp Wahsega in Dahlonega, Ga., for the first time.

1947: 4-H Center on Tybee Island opens
Now known as Burton 4-H Center on Tybee Island, the camp is used for local and state camps, conferences and rallies.

1948: Georgia 4-H Foundation is established
On November 17, 1948, W.A. “Bill” Sutton, State 4-H Leader, and other 4-H supporters and employees of UGA Cooperative Extension chartered the Georgia 4-H Foundation.

1949: Mobile soil testing begins across the state



1950s

1950: College Experiment Station officially recognized
The College Experiment Station is officially recognized in Athens, Ga., although experiments on crops and livestock had been conducted for decades at research farms on and near the University of Georgia campus.

1955: Rock Eagle 4-H Center opens
Rock Eagle 4-H Center opens in Eatonton, Ga.


1960s

1964: Cooperative Extension becomes integrated
The Civil Rights Act promotes racial integration of separate Extension programs.

1969: Rural Development Center opens in Tifton

1969: EFNEP begins in Georgia
EFNEP (Expanded Foods and Nutrition Education Program), a federal program through USDA, is piloted in 10 counties across Georgia.


1970s

1979: 4-H begins the Environmental Education program
Diane Davies, state 4-H specialist, begins the Georgia 4-H Environmental Education Program at Rock Eagle 4-H Center.


1980s

1981: 4-H's Clovers & Company performing arts group forms
Clovers & Co. was founded to provide an opportunity for 4-H youth to promote and share with others the excitement, leadership and talent evident in 4-H.

1983: Jekyll Island 4-H Center opens

1987: Extension launches the boll weevil eradication program


1990s

1990: School of Home Economics is renamed
The University of Georgia's School of Home Economics becomes the College of Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS).

1991: College of Agriculture is renamed
The University of Georgia's College of Agriculture becomes the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES).


2000s

2003: Extension reduces to four districts
In order to streamline administration, UGA Extension reduced from five districts to four: Northeast, Northwest, Southeast and Southwest.

2004: Camp Fortson becomes a Georgia 4-H Center

2007: First woman becomes head of UGA Extension
Beverly Sparks becomes the first woman to head UGA Extension as the Associate Dean.

2007: Water and wellness programs are launched statewide
Striving to offer cohesive programming in each county across the state, Extension rolled out the 40 Gallon Challenge and Walk Georgia programs, aimed at reducing water consumption during the drought and promoting healthy lifestyles through exercise.


2010s

2010: UGA Extension faces large budget constraints
4-H faces is threatened to be eliminated from the UGA budget and the county tier model is developed to better administer programming.

2013: 4-H Environmental Education program serves millionth student
With the arrival of 456 third- through fifth-graders at Rock Eagle 4-H Center on Thursday, Oct. 10 2013, Georgia 4-H marked its millionth student served by its Environmental Education program.

2014: Extension celebrates 100 years of service
Although there were agents and clubs in place more than 100 years ago, Extension was officially recognized in 1914 with the Smith-Lever Act, the federal law that established and funded the state-by-state system.


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