Cornell Cooperative Extension celebrates its centennial in Kingston this Saturday

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The 1862 Morrill Act gave states grants in the form of federal land parcels to build universities specifically intended to extend education to a broad spectrum of the population. And when such a grant to New York State enabled the founding of Cornell University in 1865, it was with the understanding that Cornell’s “land-grant” mission would include the practical application of its scholarly research to provide people with knowledge that they could put to use in professions like farming and engineering, and – a radical notion at the time – even with the mechanics of everyday life. If this were done, went the reasoning, the result would be stronger communities and a better quality of life for all individuals of all social classes.
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