Texas Historical Commission
At a time of low crop production and depressed farm economy, Smith County became the birthplace of the county agricultural agent concept.
In a meeting on November 12, 1906, in a Tyler opera house, local leaders met with Dr. Seaman A. Knapp of the United States Department of Agriculture. Many of those present were members of the Tyler Commercial Club, which sought to underwrite farm improvement.
That day, the group appointed William C. Stallings as the first county agent in Texas and the first in the nation to serve only one county. Stallings was a farmer in Dixie, west of Tyler.
The first cooperative farm demonstration program had been begun three years earlier, on the farm of Walter C. Porter in Kaufman County. There, Knaupp ran an experiment on increasing cotton production.
That successful application of scientific farming operations and the appointment of Stallings were the first steps toward establishment of the County Agricultural Agents’ system, now known the world over as the Cooperative Extension System.
Today, county extension educational programs further the development of agricultural and human resources in both rural and urban areas.
: UNT Special Collections , Byrd M. Williams, Jr. Collection
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