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National 4-H Headquarters

The Smith-Lever Act of Congress, 1914, created the Cooperative Extension System to provide for a partnership between the United States Department of Agriculture and the land-grant colleges and universities located in each state. USDA sets priorities, and the Extension System at the federal level emphasizes initiatives associated with these priorities. These issues and initiatives are in turn emphasized on the state and local levels in programing. USDA also maintains a list of juried 4-H curriculum which meets high standards and is recommended for use throughout the country.

Cooperative Extension System’s role changes to meet the changing needs of the nation. It is the people served who are important in Extension programming. The objective in New Jersey is to help the diverse population adapt to a rapidly changing society and improve their lives through an educational process that uses science based knowledge focused on issues and needs relating to Agriculture and the Environment; Management of Natural Resources; Food Safety, Quality and Health; Family Stability; Economic Security; and Youth Development.

For more information on the National 4-H Headquarters, visit their website at http://www.national4-hheadquarters.gov/