To celebrate 100 years of the Extension Service in Mississippi, the Neshoba County Extension office is hosting a birthday celebration in conjunction with the Conservation: Pass It Down event.

The event will be May 15 from 5-8 p.m. at the Neshoba County Coliseum.

Activities in Pass It Down include fun, educational, hands-on activities that parents, grandparents, and children can learn together. The Neshoba County Forestry Association, Soil and Water Conservation District, and USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service will demonstrate vermin composting, paper recycling, container gardens, nutrition, and wildlife activities. The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality will present Watershed Harmony, a musical environmental puppet theater for children.

"The Mississippi State University Extension Service is committed to providing research-based learning opportunities designed to help Mississippians solve problems, develop skills and build a better future," said Gary Jackson, director of the MSU Extension Service.

"Along with our many state and local partners, we look forward to celebrating our past accomplishments while maintaining a focus on the bright future ahead."

The Smith-Lever Act, signed on May 8, 1914, established the Cooperative Extension Service, the nationwide education system operating through land-grant universities in partnership with federal, state and local governments. In Neshoba County, the Mississippi State Extension Service is located in the Neshoba County Coliseum complex.

Our local staff includes Extension agents Harvin Hudson, Mike Reed and Karen Benson, nutrition educator, Margaret White, and office associate Elsie Cumberland.

For more information on the Extension Service Centennial Celebration, visit the Neshoba County Extension Service Facebook page: or call the local office: 601-656-4011.