100 Years of Extension
University of Illinois Extension is celebrating 100 years! Here is a collection of historical photos, posters, circulars, reports, and more, showcasing Extension's work over the past century.
Kankakee County Farm Adviser John Collier, pictured here in 1912, assisted farmers in improving their productivity and profitability. Farm Advisers, who traveled the countryside testing the soil of Farm Bureau members, suggested crop rotations, limestone or other soil amendments and advising on animal husbandry practices.
During WWII, victory gardens became a means for non-military citizens to assist in wartime efforts by supplementing their rations with fresh vegetables from the garden.
1936 Kitchen Tour Home: 'A kitchen sink with drainpipe and electricity from a home plant serve to make this home fairly adequate although the house is heated by stoves. The plumbing and the cupboards were self-installed by the family. They are gradually improving the house through keeping of home account records.'
Bob Wolf, former PSEP Specialist, demonstrating the use of drift control products to minimize spray drift. Illinois Extension PSEP Specialists were among the charter members of the American Association of Pesticide Safety Educators founded in 1993.
Pictured (L-R): Boyd's International 4-H Youth Exchange student from Finland in 1956, Vivian Corzine Boyd, Mr. Glover; U of I Extension Farm Advisor in Union County.
1954 4-H Comic: "The Careless Caper: A One Act Safety Drama Starring the Hazard Boys, Fire, and Accident"