county agent, I. B. Johnson, South Dakota's first county agent, financing county agent work, extension administration
Agricultural Extension Service, South Dakota State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts
The Farm Bureau and the County Agent movement was started in South Dakota in 1913 when Codington and Spink Counties organized for the purpose of securing the services of a County Agricultural Agent. This was two years prior to the enactment of the present South Dakota Farm Bureau law, but the farmers of those counties saw the value of Farm Bureau work and through personal efforts secured financial assistance form the county and the United State Department of Agriculture for employing a county agent. When the Smith-Lever Act was passed by Congress in 1914, it gave an immense impetus to the Farm Bureau movement as it provided financial aid for every county in the United States organized for the work. South Dakota very quickly prepared to avail herself of the government’s cooperation by passing Senate Bill No. 258 during the 1915 legislative session, thereby providing for the incorporation of County Farm Bureaus and for financial aid for each organized County Bureau.
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Johnson, I. B., "The County Farm Bureau & County Agent in South Dakota" (1917). SDSU Extension Circulars. 1.