2.01.01 - Cooperative Extension

The delineation of responsibilities of the government entities for conducting Cooperative Extension programs is reflected in the Memorandum of Understanding between USDA and the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension. This document states:


"Whereas the University of Arizona has under its control Federal and State funds for Extension work in agriculture and home economics which are and may be supplemented by contribution for similar purposes by counties and other organizations and individuals within said State, and the United States Department of Agriculture has funds appropriated directly to it by Congress which can be spent for extension work in the State of Arizona;


Therefore, with a view to securing economy and efficiency in the conduct of extension work in the State of Arizona, the president of the University of Arizona acting subject to the approval of the Board of Regents of the University and State Colleges of Arizona and the secretary of Agriculture of the United States, hereby execute the following memorandum of understanding with reference to cooperative relations between said University of Arizona and the United States Department of Agriculture for the organization and conduct of extension work in agriculture and home economics in the State of Arizona.


I. The University of Arizona agrees:


A. To organize and maintain at said institution a definite and distinct administrative division for the management and conduct of all cooperative extension work in agriculture and home economics, with a director selected by the institution and satisfactory to the Department;B. To administer through such division thus organized, known as the Agricultural Extension Service (University of Arizona Cooperative Extension), any and all funds it has or may hereafter receive for such work from appropriations made by Congress or the State Legislature, by allotment from its Board of Regents or from any other sources;C. To accept the responsibility for conducting all educational work in the fields of agriculture and home economics and subjects related thereto as authorized by the Smith-Lever Act as amended and other Acts supporting cooperative extension work, and such phases of other programs of the department as are primarily educational, which the Department has been authorized to carry on within the State.


II. The United States Department of Agriculture agrees:


A. To maintain in the Department a Federal Extension Service which, under the direction of the Secretary, (1) shall be charged with the administration of the Smith-Lever Act as amended and other Acts supporting cooperative extension work insofar as such administration is vested in the Department; (2) shall have primary responsibility for and leadership in all educational programs under the jurisdiction of the Department (except the graduate school); (3) shall be responsible for coordination of all educational phases of other programs of the Department, except the graduate school; and (4) shall act as the liaison between the Department and officials of the Land-Grant Colleges and Universities on all matters relating to cooperative extension work in agriculture and home economics and educational activities relating thereto.B. To conduct through the University of Arizona all extension work in agriculture and home economics and subjects relating thereto authorized by Congress to be carried on within the State except those activities which by mutual agreement it is determined can most appropriate and effectively be carried out directly by the Department.


III. The University of Arizona and the United States Department of Agriculture mutually agree:


A. That, subject to the approval of the President of the University of Arizona and the Secretary of Agriculture, or their duly appointed representatives, all cooperative extension work in agriculture and home economics in the State of Arizona involving the use of Federal funds shall be planned under the joint supervision of the director of the Agricultural Extension Service of the University of Arizona and the administrator of the Federal Extension Service; and that approved plans for such cooperative extension work in the State of Arizona shall be carried out through the Agricultural Extension Service at the University of Arizona in accordance with the terms of individual project agreements.B. That all State and county personnel appointed by the Department as cooperative agents for extension work in agriculture and home economics in the State of Arizona shall be joint representatives of the University of Arizona and the United States Department of Agriculture, unless otherwise expressly provided in the project agreement. Such personnel shall be deemed governed by the requirements of Federal Civil Service Rule No. IV relating to political activity.C. That the cooperative between the University of Arizona and the United States Department of Agriculture shall be plainly set forth in all publications or other printed matter and used in connection with said cooperative extension work by either the University of Arizona or the United States Department of Agriculture.D. That annual plans of work for the use of Smith-Lever and other Federal funds in support of cooperative extension work shall be made by the Agricultural Extension Service of the State of Arizona and shall be subject to the approval of the Secretary of Agriculture in accordance with the terms of the Smith-Lever Act as amended or other applicable laws, and when so approved shall be carried out by the Agricultural Extension Service of the said State of Arizona.


IV. The University of Arizona and the United States Department of Agriculture further mutually agree:


A. That the Department of Agriculture shall make final determination on any proposed supplementary memoranda of understanding or similar documents, including those with other agencies, affecting the conduct of cooperative extension work only after consultation with appropriate designated representatives of the Land-Grant Colleges and Universities.B. That the University of Arizona will make arrangements affecting the conduct of cooperative extension work with agencies of the Department, or with other Federal agencies, only through the administrator of the Federal Extension Service, or in accordance with an existing general agreement which has been approved by him.C. That all memoranda and similar documents hereafter executed affecting cooperative extension work, whether between agencies of the Department or between State Agricultural Extension Services and agencies of the Department, shall be within the framework of, and consistent with the intent and purpose of, this memorandum of understanding.D. That all memoranda and agreements affecting policies in cooperative extension work shall be reviewed periodically by appropriately designated representatives of the Land-Grant Colleges and Universities and the Secretary of Agriculture for the purpose of determining whether modification is necessary or desirable to meet more effectively current developments and program needs.


V. This memorandum shall take effect when it is approved by the Board of Regents of the University and State Colleges of Arizona and the Secretary of Agriculture of the United States, and shall remain in force until it is expressly abrogated in writing by either one of the signers or his successor in office. The agreement executed February 19, 1917 shall be deemed abrogated upon effective date hereof.