The First County Agricultural Extension Agent

The First County Agricultural Extension Agent (HM1PW5)

Location: Tyler, TX 75702 Smith County
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N 32° 21.064', W 95° 18.067'

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At a time of low crop production and depressed farm economy, Smith County became the birthplace of the County Agricultural Agent concept. This occurred in an historic meeting Nov. 12, 1906, in an opera house near this site. Present were Dr. Seaman A. Knapp of the United States Department of Agriculture, County Judge S. A. Lindsey, and some 44 local leaders—many belonging to the Tyler Commercial Club which sought to underwrite farm improvement.

Smith County that day appointed Wm. C. Stallings (1842-1916) the first county agent in Texas and the first in the nation to serve only one county.

Three years earlier the first cooperative farm demonstration program was begun on the Walter C. Porter property, Kaufman County. That successful application of scientific farming operations and appointment of Stallings (an outstanding farmer of the Dixie community, west of Tyler) were first steps toward establishment of the County Agricultural Agents' system, now known the world over as the Cooperative Extension Service. Today its educational programs further development of agricultural and human resources in both rural and urban areas.
HM NumberHM1PW5
Marker Number7716
Year Placed1971
Placed ByState Historical Survey Committee
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Date Added Wednesday, December 9th, 2015 at 1:02pm PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 283454 N 3581677
Decimal Degrees32.35106667, -95.30111667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 21.064', W 95° 18.067'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 21' 3.84" N, 95° 18' 4.02" W
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Area Code(s)903
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 149-199 W Erwin St, Tyler TX 75702, US
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