Welcome to Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Somerset County. Here, you will find the latest news and upcoming events from 4-H Youth DevelopmentFamily & Community Health Sciences, and Agricultural & Natural Resources. RCE of Somerset County helps both youth and adults improve their knowledge and skills, and resolve problems in the areas of food, nutrition, health and wellness; food safety; agriculture; environmental and natural resource management; and youth development. This is accomplished through the use of science-based knowledge and university research. RCE is an educational organization within the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station at Rutgers, The State University.


(Back row: Ryck Suydam, President, NJ Farm Bureau & a member of the Somerset County Bd. Of Agriculture; Peter Palmer, Freeholder Director; Nick Polanin, RCE Ag Agent; Jack Otterbein, Vice President, NJ Nursery and Landscape Association & amember of the Somerset County Bd. Of Agriculture. Front row: Daryl Minch, RCE FCHS Agent; Lisa Rothernburger, RCE 4-H Agent; Camille Haberle, RMG Volunteer and Member, FCHS of Somerset County Advisory Council)

Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Somerset County Turns 100!

On October 10, 2107 Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) of Somerset County was presented with a proclamation from the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders in recognition of the centennial anniversary of the opening of the Somerset County RCE Office.


RCE of Somerset County first opened its office with an Agricultural Agent, Harry C. Haines, on September 10, 1917.  Somerset County was a rural county with many farms; keeping Mr. Haines busy teaching the newest recommendations to improve farming practices.  The first County Club Agent, Noyes S. Purrinton, started on January 1, 1919.  These boys and girls clubs taught farming practices, cooking and food preservation.  The first Home Demonstration Agent, Charlotte Embleton, joined the team on January 15, 1924. Miss Embleton served for 30 years teaching food preservation, healthy eating, clothing construction, efficient kitchen design and parenting. 




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