Extension agents honored for lifetimes of community service

The Extension Agent Hall of Fame honors the careers of “longtime, front-line county agents.”   File photo

Five South Carolinians were recognized for lifetimes of service with their induction into the Frank Lever County Extension Agent Hall of Fame at Clemson University.

Spanning service from the Blue Ridge foothills to the coast, the five — Jesse Eargle, J.M. Eleazer, Phil Perry, Marie Cromer Seigler and David Shelley — worked as agents of the Clemson Extension Service, delivering agricultural research and information to farmers, homeowners and agribusinesses.

The Hall of Fame honors the careers of “longtime, front-line county agents” whose work had an important economic impact on the communities they served. It bears the name of Rep. A. Frank Lever of South Carolina, co-author of the Smith-Lever Act of 1914 that created the Extension Service nationally.

With co-sponsor Sen. Hoke Smith of Georgia, Lever sought a national program that would extend research-based agricultural and food science knowledge from colleges and universities to the working people it would benefit.

”The five new inductees were cited for their success in bringing research-based approaches to address real-world problems for South Carolina farmers, agribusiness, families and youth. “Extension is the best model in the world for teaching technology,” George Askew, vice president for Public Service and Agriculture at Clemson, said.

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