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Million dollar gift will boost agriculture education in York County

Written by Matt Paul | Jun 1, 2013 8:27 AM
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(York) -- A $1 million bequest will help boost agricultural efforts in one midstate county.

The York County Community Foundation received the gift from the estate of John T. Smith, a prominent figure in midstate agriculture. 

He passed away last July.

Bryan Tate, the foundation's vice president of philanthropy, says the money will be used for agriculture, land preservation and education efforts. 

Smith was a longtime head of the Penn State Extension Office and member of the York Fair Board.

His life's work promoted agriculture education among the county's children and teenagers, so the organization expects the gift to strengthen that legacy for years to come.

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