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Farmers and tobacco

H I S T O R I C A L   T I M E L I N E :   
1 9 1 0 s - 1 9 2 0 s


1910 - Neil Alexander Bailey becomes North Carolina's first African American county agent

1914 - President Woodrow Wilson signs the Smith - Lever Act

The Act provided that extension agents would provide instruction and practical demonstrations in agriculture and home economics to persons not attending college. This would expand demonstration and extension work. To accomplish this, State College voted for the creation of a Department of Extension. Benjamin W. Kilgore served as the first Director of Extension. After a year, the department employed 72 farm agents.

February 13, 1915 - Frank H. Jeter begins publishing the Extension Farm News

1917 - North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts changes its name to North Carolina State College of Agriculture and Engineering.

1922 - Tri-state Tobacco Cooperative Association founded

The Association included farmers from North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. It was established to help farmers work together for economic benefit. After joining, farmers were expected to deliver his entire crop to the Association for a period of five years. The farmer would receive partial payment for his crop when it was turned over, with second and third payments when the cooperative had disposed of part or all of the crop. The Association disbanded in 1927 after failing to maintain its promise of advance payments to farmers contributing their products to the cooperative.

1922 - Ricks Hall opens

The opening of Ricks Hall at North Carolina State College offers a permanent home to the Agricultural Extension Service.

1924 - Control of the Agricultural Experiment Station transfers to North Carolina State College

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