Celebrating the Past, Building for the Future

On May 8, 2014, University of Missouri Extension celebrates 100 years of extending university-based research and knowledge beyond the campus into all 114 Missouri counties. In doing so, MU Extension has strengthened families, businesses and communities.


  • Began as a concept of ensuring prosperity for all Americans through practical education
  • Now serves as a national classroom that has educated Americans for 100 years

Centennial history Read more about MU Extension centennial history

Examining the future of MU Extension

A panel of past recipients of the C. Brice Ratchford Memorial Fellowship discuss extension's strengths, challenges and long-term goals for helping Missourians thrive. Read more about the discussion Read more


MU Extension 100th Birthday Party

On May 1, MU Extension celebrated its 100th birthday on campus. Extension faculty and staff from across the state shared information with MU students, faculty and staff about how extension programs and services improve the lives of Missourians.

R. Bowen Loftin, chancellor, and Michael Ouart, vice provost and director of MU Extension, spoke about extension’s history and successes over the past 100 years and expressed that extension must continue to look for unique opportunities for the future. One unique opportunity is a new partnership between MU Extension and the student service-learning organization, Alternative Breaks. Starting this fall, this group will place students in all 114 Missouri counties over the next five years to conduct community service projects.

Ceremony video (21 minutes)
Full remarks by Dr. Michael Ouart, Dr. Bowen Loftin, Joy Millard and Bryan Goers

National celebration

Michael Ouart, vice provost and director of MU Extension, attended the national ceremony honoring the centennial of the Smith-Lever Act, the legislative basis for the creation of the nationwide cooperative extension system. Joining Ouart in Washington, D.C., were Bev Coberly, associate vice provost; Dave Baker, agriculture and natural resources program director; and H.C. Russell, former head of the state extension advisory council.

100 years of service

University of Missouri Extension presents a historical perspective on the centennial of the Smith-Lever Act.