- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 7, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension is celebrating its 100-year history with a Statehouse ceremony.

Gov. Maggie Hassan, UNH President Mark Huddleston, UNH Cooperative Extension Dean and Director John Pike, and 4-H member Celina Walker of Pelham are speaking at Wednesday’s ceremony.

A luncheon also is being held at the New Hampshire State Library.

The extension has a presence in all of the state’s 10 counties. It runs workshops on farming, pruning, pesticides, forestry and wildlife, among others. It works closely with 4-H clubs, farmers and business owners.

An exhibit at the State Library features tools and equipment from the extension’s early years, projects engineered by 4-H students and photographs of M. Gale Eastman - the extension’s first agriculture agent - and astronaut Alan Shepard, a former 4-H member.

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