Thomas Nelson, a young Englishman arriving from the Lowell Textile School in Massachusetts, became an instructor of weaving and design in the textiles program. Nelson was well educated, as a graduate of Preston Technical School in England in 1891 and the Lowell Textile School in 1899, and had extensive industrial experience.
James A. Butler became North Carolina's first county extension agent, hired to conduct demonstration work in boll weevil eradication.
County Agent James A. Butler arranged for 2.5 acres of corn and 2 acres of cotton to be grown according to U.S. Department of Agriculture recommendations on the farm of J. F. Eagles near Statesville. This was the first farm demonstration in North Carolina.
College officials signed the first memorandum of understanding for cooperative demonstration work with the United States Department of Agriculture. The memorandum provided for the establishment of the Farmers' Boys' Clubs or Corn Clubs. These clubs are the forerunners of the 4-H program.
Ira O. Schaub became the first director of the Corn Club work, which eventually grew into 4-H.
The North Carolina Agricultural Experiment Station (located at A&M College) hired Neil Alexander Bailey as its first African American agricultural extension agent.
Home Demonstration began when the first Girls' Clubs were formed. They focused primarily on tomato canning and gardening and were also called Tomato Clubs. In 1912-1913 mothers of Girls' Club members began to form the first Home Demonstration clubs for adult women.
The Smith-Lever Act provided for federal, state, and county cooperation in creating a system to expand demonstration and extension work for men and women. The law authorized land-grant colleges to sign memoranda of understanding with the United States Department of Agriculture to begin such work. NC State then created a new Department of Extension, which became the Agricultural Extension Service.
Benjamin W. Kilgore became the first director of the North Carolina Agricultural Extension Service.
The first annual 4-H Club Week was held in Raleigh. This annual event later became NC 4-H Congress.
This was the first periodical published by the Agricultural Extension Service. Later titles for it were Extension Farm News, Extension News & Advisor, and North Carolina Agricultural Extension Advisor.
The Girls' Club split off from Home Demonstration, and they eventually became part of 4-H.
The first Farm Women's Convention was held in Raleigh. It was held in connection with the annual Farmer's Convention (which had begun in 1903). At this meeting the Federation of Home Bureaus was created.
Elimination of this pest with the state's cotton crop became a major focus of the Agricultural Extension Service
The first African American home demonstration agents were appointed to work with African American farm women, who formed first African American clubs.
Ricks Hall, built by Thomas Wright Cooper and G. Murray Nelson, opens to house the Agricultural Extension Service, Agricultural Economics and Business, Agricultural Information, and Horticulture departments. It was named for Robert Henry Ricks.
The station was established as "the research agency in engineering" to support extension work for the School of Engineering. The station was intended to address engineering issues of local state and regional concern. H.B. Shaw became its first director.
Ira O. Schaub became director of the Agricultural Extension Service. He held the position until 1950. In 1926 he also became Dean of Agriculture and in 1937 Director of Agricultural Research.
The Federation of Home Bureaus changed to the North Carolina Federation of Home Demonstration Clubs.
When the head librarian position became vacant, NC State decided to save money by placing the library under the supervision of the Library Committee, instead of hiring a replacement. Frank Capps, director of college extension and instructor of business law, took on the position of executive secretary of the Library Committee (1926-1933). Although he moved his office to the library, he did not have the professional training or the time to provide much oversight. A growing backlog of materials was left uncataloged and unusable, while poorly trained student assistants proved unable to assist patrons. Despite these difficulties, the collections continued to grow and procedures for interlibrary lending were instituted.
This camp was located in Bladen County, and it was one of the first 4-H Camps in North Carolina.
Lera R. Harrill was appointed State 4-H Club Leader. He held this position until 1963.
He serves in the position until 1945 while he is simultaneously director of Agricultural Extension.
The Xi Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Phi was founded at NC State College. It has been an honorary fraternity for professional members of the Cooperative Extension programs.
Federation of Home Demonstration Clubs held its first separate business meeting, called the State Council meeting.
Located in Buncombe County, this camp was originally twelve agriculturally marginal acres that were part of the Swannanoa Branch Station.
Programs of the federal New Deal agricultural agencies, such as the Agricultural Adjustment Administration (AAA), the Soil Conservation Service (SCS), and the Rural Electrification Administration (REA), caused an expansion in the activities and programs of the North Carolina Agricultural Extension Service.
Current succeeded Jane McKimmon, and she served in the position until 1963.
As a result of expansion under the New Deal agricultural programs, this was the first year that there was a county agent for every county in North Carolina.
Sometimes referred to as "The Rocks," this camp was developed originally by the Resettlement Administration on part of the 60,000 acre Sandhills Resettlement Project. It derived its name from the huge granite stones in the area. Starting in 1939, it was the site of the 4-H Wildlife Conservation Camp for several year.
District kings and queens of health at the 4-H Short Course. NC State has traditionally hosted youth groups on campus during the summers. The North Carolina 4-H Short Courses, State Club Weeks, and State Congresses have been held at NC State since the 1920s.
The 4-H "Food for Victory" program offered awards ranging from to $1 to $250 in war bonds or stamps for farm boys and girls who participated in the "Food for Freedom" extension program. They helped produce more milk, eggs, beef and veal, lamb and mutton, corn, barley, rye, hay, soybeans, peanuts, and vegetables.
The Agricultural Extension Service sponsored "Victory Garden Week." Women across the state started Victory Gardens the following season, and by 1944 the value of home gardens was estimated at $68,000,000.
NC 4-H Club members participated in the first national scrap drive in 1942, collecting metal, paper, and rubber. Nationally in 1943 4-H sponsored a "Victory Scrap Drive," and North Carolina 4-H'ers raised $1,700 dollars for the purchase of an ambulance donated to the armed services.
4-H club members began participating in the national "Feed a Fighter" campaign, which consisted of projects to produce the amount of food needed for one serviceman for one year. The state winner raised enough food to feed thirty-four servicemen for one year.
Jensen established the Pesticide School in 1949, bringing together representatives of agricultural chemicals industry and research and extension workers.
State Federation of Negro Home Demonstration Clubs changed to State Council of Negro Home Demonstration Clubs of North Carolina.
The Agricultural Extension Service began to assist farm families through planning of new or remodels homes, kitchen and workroom improvements, and added storage. After a few years thousands of families had been helped.
David S. Weaver is director of the Agricultural Extension Service until 1961.
Governor W. Kerr Scott and others receiving guests at the governors mansion during North Carolina Cooperative Extensions Farm and Home Week.
Plant Disease Clinic established in the Department of Plant Pathology as a diagnostic clinic for farmers and gardeners in North Carolina, processing plant specimens sent by mail or in person for immediate disease control recommendations. In 1970 it broadened to become the Plant Disease and Insect Clinic after bringing on scientists from the Department of Entomology.
Kilgore Hall was named for Benjamin Wesley Kilgore, formerly the director of the Agricultural Experiment Station (1901-1907), the Extension Service (1914-1925), and dean of agriculture (1923-1925).
The new building housing the School of Forestry and the Department of Horticulture was formally dedicated as Kilgore Hall, named in honor of the late Dr. Benjamin Wesley Kilgore, former Dean of Agriculture, Director of the Agricultural Experiment Station, and the first head of North Carolina's Agricultural Extension Service.
The Peru Project is established, a cooperative effort between NC State, the Foreign Operations Administration (U.S. Agency for International Development), and the government of Peru to develop programs in agricultural and textile research, extension, and education.
The Industrial Extension Service, the first of its kind in the United States, was established in 1955 to help North Carolina industries grow and prosper.
The Agricultural Extension Service was given the major role in North Carolina is using federal funds to assist low-income rural families through improved agriculture and nonfarm employment.
The North Carolina General Assembly provided support for the establishment of the Industrial Experiment Program, a service which expanded upon existing extension services in the School of Engineering to provide technical information to small industries. The program was designed to encourage new industry for the state and to increase utilization of the state’s natural resources.
Weaver Laboratories was built for Agricultural Engineering and named for David Stathem Weaver, a former director of the Agricultural Extension Service.
Farmers watched a demonstration of North Carolina State Colleges fistulated cow during Farm and Home Week in June 1956. NC Cooperative Extension Service demonstrations like this helped to share knowledge gained at NC State with farmers throughout North Carolina.
Federation of Home Demonstration Clubs changed to the North Carolina Organization of Home Demonstration Clubs.
Financial support for engineering extension doubled under North Carolina’s State Technical Services Act and the Public Works and Economic Development Act, and the Industrial Experiment Program changed its name to the Industrial Extension Service to give it a title more indicative of its function. The School of Engineering continued its extension classes in industrial centers in Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and High Point, and frequently offered upper level and graduate course work at the centers.
Robert W. Shoffner is director of the Extension Service until 1963.
Home Demonstration name changed to Home Economics.
Twenty-three years after Gertrude Cox's appointment, Eloise Cofer, Extension Professor of Food Science and Assistant Director of the Agricultural Extension Service becomes the second woman to be appointed as a full professor. In 1980, Cofer was named Home Economist of the Year by the N.C. Home Economics Association.
George Hyatt served as Director of the Extension Service until 1978.
This facility near Reidsville was originally owned by the Consolidated University of North Carolina. Chinqua-Penn Plantation, on which the center is located, had been given to the university by the Penn family in 1959.
With the support of the Carolinas Associate General Contractors and the North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors, retired Brig. Gen. Richard Jewett was hired to organize initial extension programs in construction focusing on company management.
North Carolina Organization of Home Demonstration Clubs and State Council of Negro Home Demonstration Clubs of North Carolina merged to become North Carolina Extension Homemakers Association.
Textiles extension short courses in Charlotte and New York were announced in 1968, and they were exceedingly popular. The New York course on knitting fundamentals was oversubscribed by nearly 300%. In 1969 thirteen added courses were offered in Raleigh, featuring NC state faculty and in-plant industry executives from mills as guest lecturers. Over time, textiles extension programs have evolved to meet the needs of the industry.
The Schaub Food Science Building was named for Ira Obed Schaub, who served as Dean of the School of Agriculture, Director of the Agricultural Extension Service, and Director of the Experiment Station.
With the arrival of Ray DeBruhl as the extension program coordinator, the position became a joint faculty and extension position. The program expanded to offer short courses and to prepare studies for associations such as NC Home builders and NCDOT. DeBruhl was instrumental in implementing the Code Officials Qualification Board and organizing early building inspector training programs.
Known as EFNEP, this program was established to help underprivileged North Carolina citizens better their nutritional standards and to educate them about available food assistance programs.
This organization has existed as a coalition of the NC Association of County Agricultural Agents; the NC Association of Extension 4-H Agents; the NC Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences; the NC Association of Extension Specialist; the NC Cooperative Extension Secretaries Association; and the NC Association of Extension Program Assistants, Associates and Technicians.
The McKimmon Center was named for Jane McKimmon, an alumnus and founding member of the National Home Economics Association. She was also North Carolina’s first home demonstration agent, in 1911.
T. Carlton Blalock served as Director of the Extension Service until 1981.
The State Climate Office of North Carolina finds a permanent home in PAMS. The office had been established as part of the UNC System in 1976, and was primarily housed at UNC-Chapel Hill. Since moving to NC State, the office has grown into the primary source for North Carolina weather and climate information and for climate-related research, education and extension services.
Chester "Chet" Black served as Director of Extension until 1990.
James Clark wrote Clover All Over: North Carolina 4-H in Action. A version of this history of the 4-H program in North Carolina exists on the Internet Archive. An updated print edition was published in 2011, and it is available in the library.
Robert Wells was Director of the Extension Service until 1994.
North Carolina Agricultural Extension Service changed its name to the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service.
The Board of Trustees established the Alexander Quarles Holladay Medal for Excellence to honor NC State faculty members who have made outstanding contributions to the university through achievements in research, teaching, or extension and engagement.
The Home Economics name changed to Family and Consumer Sciences.
North Carolina Extension Homemakers Association became North Carolina Extension and Community Association (NCECA).
Jon Ort served as Director of Extension until 2010.
The 4-H program and the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences were combined into one unit.
Joseph Zublena served as Director of Extension until 2015.
Wilma Hammett, Jan Christensen, Joan Gosper Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Service: To Family, Community, and North Carolina, a history of the family and consumer science program in North Carolina. A print edition exists in the library.
The Department of 4-H Youth Development and Family & Consumer Sciences changed its name to the Department of Youth, Family, and Community Sciences.
A. Rich Bonanno became Director of Extension in 2016.
The Department of Agricultural and Extension Education merged with the Department of Youth, Family and Community Sciences to become the Department of Agricultural and Human Sciences