El Paso County
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension is the educational outreach agency of the Texas A&M University System linked in a unique partnership with the nationwide United States Department of Agriculture’s Cooperative Extension System and the El Paso County Commissioners Court.
AgriLife Extension is a unique education agency with a statewide network of professional educators, trained volunteers, and county offices. It reaches into the El Paso County to address local priority needs. Extension values and promotes principles of citizen and community involvement, scientifically-based education, lifelong learning and volunteerism. It works cooperatively with the 10 universities and 8 state agencies of the Texas A&M University System and other state and local agencies to bring the necessary resources to El Pasoans that will address local issues and solve local problems.
Some of our major efforts are in mitigating drought impacts; conserving water use in homes, landscapes, and production agriculture; improving emergency management; enhancing food security; and protecting human health through education about diet, exercise, and disease prevention and management. Collaborative programs enable extension educators and their partners to extend resources in 2012, planned extension programs involved a total of 208 collaborators–diverse private sector and nonprofit entities–and hundreds of school districts.
To provide quality, relevant outreach and continuing education programs and services to the people of El Paso.
AgriLife Extension demonstrates the latest technology and best practices to improve the state’s food and fiber system, which serves all Texas consumers and contributes nine percent of the gross domestic product. Texas 4-H, our primary youth program, engages some 600,000 youth in Texas every year in learning projects, leadership development, and community service. Extension brings the resources of the Texas A&M University System to El Paso. Through field based faculty, Extension provides unbiased, research-based information, educational programs, and technical assistance in the following core service areas: