John Lawrence, vice president for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, presents a certificate recognizing the Carroll County Extension office's 100th year to Office Manager Julee Grell during a Chamber Coffee Friday.
John Lawrence, vice president for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, presents a certificate recognizing the Carroll County Extension office's 100th year to Office Manager Julee Grell during a Chamber Coffee Friday.

April 30, 2018

Carroll County, along with 50 other Iowa counties this year, is celebrating 100 years of having an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach office.

A Carroll Chamber of Commerce coffee and ribbon-cutting was held at the Extension office Friday morning. John Lawrence, vice president for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, attended to present a 100-year certificate to the office’s staff.

Flipping through an Extension activity book from 1958, Lawrence noted the initiatives and conversations that continue, such as soil conservation, and the problems that have since been eradicated, including hog cholera and brucellosis, an infection in cattle.

In 1918, the Extension’s first year in Carroll County, there was a late frost (sound familiar? Lawrence said) and many farmers’ corn seeds froze and were ruined.

“The Extension got seed from the South, so we had a viable crop in 1918,” he said.

ISU Extension and Outreach describes itself as a “99-county campus.” It connects research and resources from the university to residents around the state.

It’s part of a rich history, the Extension is, for all of Iowa,” Lawrence said. “We consider Iowa to be the birthplace of Extensions.”