The University of California Cooperative Extension Records for Ventura County span the years of 1916-2000. Records include
reports and information on storm districts, irrigation and water management, farm management including information on farm
labor and migrant workers, integrated pest management including information on pesticides and fertilizers, floriculture including
information on gardens and landscaping, nutrition including information on food preservation, and youth developing including
information on 4-H projects Agua Pura, Green Net Project, Youth Experiences in Science, and From Snails to Alpha Males. A
large portion of the records are related to agriculture in Ventura County, the Coastal Plain, and the Intermountain Valleys
of the Transverse Ranges in California and include trial reports and reference material on crops, domesticated animals, wildlife,
water, soil, and climate. The collection includes a wide variety of formats: typed reports, project proposals, data sets,
local newsletters and press releases, maps, audiovisual material, photographs, slides, scrapbooks, and a variety of publications
from the county, state, and national level.
At the turn of the previous century, growing concern over the quality of life for rural Americans prompted President Theodore
Roosevelt to appoint a Commission on Country Life in 1908. One of the direct outcomes of the Commission's recommendations
was the passage of the Smith-Lever Act in 1914, which established a national extension service to place the knowledge generated
at land-grant universities into the hands of farmers and rural citizens. The Agricultural Extension Service formalized and
built upon existing efforts of land-grant universities to enhance the knowledge of farmers and apply scientific discoveries
for improved agricultural practices.
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of California. Use of the materials beyond that allowed by fair use or by any Creative Commons licenses assigned requires
the written permission of the copyright owner(s). For further information, please contact the University of California, Merced
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