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  • Colorado State University

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    Originally named Colorado Agricultural College, Colorado State University was established under the Morrill Act of 1862, which granted land for the establishment of agricultural colleges throughout the country. CSU's Agricultural Extension Service is a legacy of the university's land-grant heritage and has played a major role in agricultural development in Colorado.
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  • Dust Bowl

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    During crises such as the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, Colorado Agricultural Extension helped Colorado farmers by overseeing the local implementation of federal relief programs.
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Carl Abbott, Stephen J. Leonard, and Thomas J. Noel, Colorado: A History of the Centennial State, 5th ed. (Boulder: University Press of Colorado, 2013).

Association of Public and Land Grant Universities, “National System, Local Connection,” Cooperative Extension: Translate, Engage, Transform.

Colorado Cooperative Extension, “About Smith-Lever Act,” Colorado Cooperative Extension: Celebrating 100 Years.

Colorado Public Radio, “Extending Extension to City Farmers."

Colorado Public Radio, “100 Years of Extension in Colorado,” interview.

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James E. Hansen II, Beyond the Ivory Tower: A History of Colorado State University Cooperative Extension (Fort Collins: Colorado State University Cooperative Extension, 1991).

James E. Hansen II, Democracy’s University: A History of Colorado State University, 1970–2003 (Fort Collins: Colorado State University, 2007).

Roud McCann, Agricultural Extension in Colorado: A Record in Word and Picture (Fort Collins: Colorado A&M College, 1924).

David Morrison, “History of the Hatch Act, 1887,” Louisiana Agricultural Magazine (Spring 2012).

National Institute of Food and Agriculture, “Extension: About Us,” United States Department of Agriculture.

Carol O’Meara, “CSU Extension Celebrates 100 Years,” Colorado Gardener (Summer 2012).

Joel Scherer, “The Great American Garden: Farming Myth, Food Production, and Sustainability on the Western Prairie, 1880–1946” (seminar paper, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, 2013).

“Smith-Lever Act,” United States Department of Agriculture.

Additional Information: 

Colorado State University Agricultural Extension.

J. H. McClelland and Blanche E. Hyde. History of the Extension Service of Colorado State College (Fort Collins: Extension Service, Colorado State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts, 1941).

“100 Years of Extension in Colorado: An Interview with Bruce Bosley, CSU Extension Agent for Logan and Morgan Counties, Cropping Systems and Natural Resources,” Colorado Public Radio, YouTube Website