Extension Workers Creed

Articulating Values of Professionalism

Some version of a creed has articulated the values of Extension's professionalism since 1927.  The creed was originally prepared by Founder W. A. Lloyd as a New Year's Greeting to county agricultural agents.  It was adopted as the organization's creed at the first Grand Council Meeting in July 1927 in Reno, NV.  The full text (Page 357) is printed in The Spirit and Philosophy of Extension Work published by Epsilon Sigma Phi in 1952.  The book was edited by R. K. Bliss and has been transformed into digital format by the library at the Pennsylvania State University.

The creed has been part of the initiation ceremonies since the outset.  It is often read to open meetings of all types.  There have been major revisions to reflect changes in societal values, educational trends and Federal laws governing Extension.

The following are the current written version of the "Extension Professional's Creed" and the video version that was produced by Texas A & M University who have graciously shared their work for all to enjoy.

ESP Written Creed

Video Version of the Extension Workers Creed
(Coeurtesy of Texas A & M AgriLife Extension Service)

Video Version of the Extension Workers Creed 
(Courtesy University of Wisconsin)