1914 Farm progress from home to campus

1914 – Congress passes the Smith-Lever Act, officially creating the Cooperative Extension Service. USDA and Oklahoma A&M College sign an agreement creating the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service (OCES) in July.

1914 – Nell Foster of Gage is the first woman to graduate from the School of Agriculture. Bertha Rogers of Pawhuska followed suit two years later.

1916 – What is now OSU Collegiate 4-H got its start as the first collegiate 4-H club in the nation and the longest running student organization on the OSU campus. Collegiate 4-H is sometimes recognized with the Greek letters Delta Sigma Alpha because the club was originally considered as a fraternity for agricultural extension scholarship winners. 

1916 – The local chapter of Alpha Zeta, the agricultural honor society, began at Oklahoma A&M. Vernon Davis, a charter member of the OSU chapter said a primary purpose was to “help agriculture students integrate into campus life” and serve the community by fostering high standards of scholarship, character, leadership and fellowship.

1921 – The first Oklahoma 4-H State Roundup takes place at Oklahoma A&M College in Stillwater, an annual event that leads to the building of the “4-H Club Building” in 1939, better known today as Gallagher-Iba Arena.

1927 – Extension agents made 33,220 visits to farms, assisted in terracing 3,576 farms, worked with 5,129 demonstrators, conducted leadership training schools for 17,751 farmers and assisted 11,127 members of farm women’s clubs in various projects, including the canning of 865,744 quarts of food.