2018 Oklahoma Statutes
Title 70. Schools
§70-3418. Agricultural extension work - Farm and home demonstration agents - Cooperative agreement.
The Board of Regents for Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical Colleges shall organize and conduct agricultural extension work under the direction of Oklahoma State University, and may accept federal funds for such purpose and comply with federal laws providing for cooperative agricultural extension work as follows:
1. The provisions of an Act of Congress entitled, "An Act to provide for cooperative agricultural extension work between the agricultural colleges in the several states receiving the benefits of the Act of Congress approved July 2, 1862, and of Acts supplemental thereto, and the United States Department of Agriculture", approved by the President May 8, 1914, as amended by Public Law 83-83, June 26, 1953, and Public Law 84-360, August 11, 1955, and any other federal authorizations providing federal money to State Extension Divisions, are hereby accepted by the State of Oklahoma; and the state hereby agrees and obligates itself to comply with all the provisions of said Acts and assents to the receipt of grants of money authorized by the Acts, paid annually to each state which by the action of its Legislature has assented to the provisions of the aforesaid Acts;
2. The Board of Regents for the Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical Colleges acting for and on behalf of Oklahoma State University is hereby authorized to receive the grants of money appropriated under said Acts, and to organize and conduct agricultural extension work, which shall be carried on in connection, and under the direction of Oklahoma State University in accordance with the terms and conditions expressed in the Acts of Congress aforesaid, any other Acts supplemental thereto, or any rules and regulations promulgated under authority granted in the aforesaid federal acts;
3. Subject to approval of the board of county commissioners' annual estimate of needs by the excise board, the board of county commissioners of the respective counties of the state shall contract and agree with the Department of Agriculture of the United States of America and Oklahoma State University, or with the authorized agent or agents of said Department of Agriculture and said University, to cooperate with the Department of Agriculture and the University in conducting farm demonstration work and home demonstration work including 4-H club work in their respective counties under such rules and regulations as may be prescribed jointly by the Department of Agriculture and Oklahoma State University. Such agreement shall be in writing, signed by the members of the board of county commissioners and the authorized agent of the United States Department of Agriculture and Oklahoma State University, and may be entered into at any regular or adjourned session of said board, after the 30th day of June of each year. The board of county commissioners shall provide an adequate amount in their annual estimate of needs for the ensuing year to carry out the provisions of such contract, same to be included in the salary fund and expense fund to be paid on order of the board of county commissioners to such workers as may be agreed upon between said board of county commissioners and the authorized agent of the Department of Agriculture and the University to carry on said farm demonstration work and home demonstration work in said county; and
4. The Extension Division of Oklahoma State University at Stillwater, Oklahoma, is hereby designated the official agency of the State of Oklahoma to sponsor, establish, develop and execute a program of artificial insemination for the benefit of the livestock industry of the state, and said Extension Division is hereby authorized and directed to sponsor and conduct such program.
In order to carry out the purpose and provisions of this section, contributions from persons, firms and corporations may be accepted to carry on such work, purchase purebred sires, equipment and materials, and to defray legitimate expenses of every kind and character connected with such work, including the purchase of land and the acquisition or construction of capital improvements. Said Extension Division is hereby expressly granted every power and authority reasonably necessary or convenient for the carrying out and administering the program herein authorized and directed, including the authority to employ trained personnel and to purchase needed purebred dairy and other sires, equipment, materials and all things necessary, including the purchase of land and the acquisition or construction of capital improvements, and including the making of necessary contracts, within the limits of available funds, to accomplish the purposes of this section.
Amended by Laws 1984, c. 112, § 1, emerg. eff. April 9, 1984.