Home demonstration agent - American EducationA professionally certified home economist employed by LAND-GRANT COLLEGES to provide instruction and practical demonstrations of home economics, family living, child care, social and cultural adjustment, and consumer education to individuals and groups outside the formal classroom setting. Working out of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Cooperative Agricultural Extension Service offices, home demonstration agents work with children and youth groups, adults and the elderly.
The work of the home demonstration agent was created in 1914 with passage of the SMITHLEVER ACT, which established cooperative extension programs to encourage dissemination by land-grant colleges of “useful and practical information relating to agriculture and home economics . . . to persons not attending or resident in said colleges, through field demonstrations, publications and otherwise.”