John Orr

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Thesis - Open Access

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Master of Science (MS)

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Major emphasis by the Extension Service has been directed toward working with youth of 4-H Club age and with adult men and women. In recent years the Extension Service has also concerned itself with meeting the interests and needs of young men and women in the eighteen to thirty year age group. That further progress in this area is desired is clearly recognized by the examination of the Smith-Lever, Bankhead-Flannagan and subsequent legislative acts. It has been further emphasized by the Joint Committee on Extension Programs, Policies and Goals of the United States Department of Agriculture and the Association of Land Grant Colleges and Universities. Taft Benson, Secretary of Agriculture, stressed five major areas in which he hoped Extension would be able to make a useful contribution. They are: 1) marketing and distribution; 2) farm and home planning; 3) housing and health; 4) greater assistance to those young men and women who are above the 4-H age group, but not fully established as farmers and homemakers; and 5) more effective Extension assistance to families on small and less productive farms. This research gives a history and an analysis of the success of this program.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Agricultural education -- South Dakota
Youth -- South Dakota
Agricultural education


Includes bibliographical references



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South Dakota State University


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