Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Proud Reports of Extension Workers Making a Difference in North Carolina, August, 1955

“Personal Mention” by Frank Jeter in Extension Farm-News, August, 1955. Extension Farm-News was published by the Agricultural Extension Service at N.C. State College, Raleigh, and distributed to employees throughout the state.

The Kellogg Foundation has selected North Carolina as one of four states to make an evaluation study of the new Farm and Home Development in Agricultural Extension. The state has done valuable pioneering in the field of farm and home management and in other farm family enterprises. The new Extension approach has been brought to the attention of the Congress, so we are proud of having been given this responsibility to help form a national policy.

We are proud, too, of our three weeks’ professional training course attended by over 100 alert men and women agents. It was a wonderful experience for us all and the editorial section was made happy when those attending had enough confidence in its work that about half of all attending elected to take the work in effective use of communications media.

Next, let’s not forget another of those annual 4-H Club weeks. Again, say staff members, it was one of the best. We congratulate club leader Harrill and his capable staff. Somehow they always find the power to do something different and better. How they do it is one of those eternal mysteries of Agricultural Extension.

We tell you of other equally effective activities. None better than the Home Demonstration Music Camp at Catawba College in Salisbury. Or the lamb pools, wool pools, tobacco meetings on the branch research station farms, the irrigation demonstrations, and similar things in which Extension is interested.

Morris L. McGough sends a glowing report about the meeting of the Southeastern Community Development Association at Cherokee. Mac was happy at securing Under Secretary of Agriculture True D. Morse as his featured speaker and the forestry people also were happy at having Mr. Morse speak at the dedication exercises of Tree Farms near Asheville. He said that trees, along with oil wells and gold mines, are among the few things that return 28 percent interest in five years. He was quoting someone else but no matter, he made it stick. Also dedicated the community building at Addie in Jackson County. He remarked that everywhere he traveled in the United States he heard of the remarkable work being conducted by the organized communities of North Carolina. Which, by the way, led McGough to say that Mary Johnston and Paul Gibson, and their associates, are doing a fine job at Addie and with the other organized communities in Jackson County.

We must congratulate Madison County for its effective celebration over being chosen as the county in western North Carolina making the most progress last year in rural community advancement. Director Weaver went up to help celebrate the occasion.

John Arey reports good luck on a recent fishing trip in Carteret. Sam Mitchiner says the airplane trip to Coker’s farm was enjoyed by the Forsyth tobacco growers. Lots of excitement in Randolph over a wild steer hunt staged by E.C. Gray of Asheboro.

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