Extension celebrates 100 years at open house

November 30, 2017

By John Raffel

The Osceola County Michigan State University Extension office hosted an open house on Tuesday afternoon to commemorate 100 years of extension services in the county.

Office manager Robin Eisenga said the celebration included sharing from over the past 100 years with pictures, stories and refreshments.

Among the attendees was Osceola County Board of Commissioners chairman Larry Emig.

“A lot of the current and past staff was there,” he said. “Anyone was really invited.”

Emig mentioned the value of the extension service to the area.

“We’ve been very supportive of MSU extension ever since I’ve been on the board,” Emig said. “They serve more of a regional area. Our 4-H director pretty much focuses on our county. But the other stuff they do is on a regional basis. They’ve done good service to farmers who need their assistance as things focus on technology.

“They all do an excellent job. Some of the local and regional directors were here. They also got a resolution from the state commending them for 100 years of service.”

It was pointed out the office in Osceola County started during World War I and had an agriculture agent who would help with the farming and having residents prepared for the war effort. The agent made sure the residents had enough food and were taking care of their animals properly.

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