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Introducing: the ExtensionU Summer Employee Development Series—an opportunity for in-depth training on a variety of topics, from dossier development and proposal writing to media relations and volunteer management. Offered through Extension’s Organizational Development unit, the series of two- and one-day sessions will be held the week of July 7-11, 2014, in College Station. Read More →

Employee wellness: survey open through April 18


The Employee Wellness Initiative, announced April 3rd in the Director’s e-Memo, is another indication of what’s NEXT for AgriLife Extension. The initiative is about creating and sustaining a culture conducive to the professional and personal success of each employee. To do that, we need your input. Read More →

Synergizing social media


Twenty-two AgriLife Extension attendees were happy learners (keep reading to find out why) at the 2014 National eXtension Conference, where social media took center stage. Here are some social media pointers to consider–all brought back by our NeXC participants. Read More →

What’s next? Join the dialogue


Announced recently by Dr. Steele, a new series of online “talks” with and for Extension employees will focus on current news and trends, issues important to our agency, and perspectives from Extension specialists and thought leaders on topics of interest. Read More →

Web-streamed sessions offered at eXtension conference, Mar. 24-27

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Tune to the Pacific time zone for your pick from dozens of professional development sessions that will be Web-streamed live at the National eXtension Conference (NeXC) in Sacramento, California, March 24-27. Read More →

Archived here: information about wellness exam incentive


Efforts are underway to inform benefits-eligible employees about the need to have a wellness exam on record, between January 1, 2013, and June 30, 2014, to qualify for the lowest rate in a new structure for health insurance premiums. Read More →

New agency marketing items available

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A new overview video and brochure about the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service are available via YouTube and the Extension Bookstore. Read More →

CEA news of a different sort


County Extension agents who pride themselves as county intelligence agents will want to check out this report from the Council of Economic Advisers (CEA). It’s about past and projected performance of the farm and rural economy. USDA’s own annual report of long-term agricultural projections is due February 13. Read More →

Projects invited to support youth career exploration


As part of an initiative to support workforce and career development for youth, the Texas 4-H program will award mini-grants to AgriLife Extension and Prairie View A&M Cooperative Extension educators. The grants will range from $1,500 for county-level projects to $5,000 for projects serving a wider area. Applications are due February 19. Read More →

14 in ’14 series celebrates Extension centennial


To celebrate the history and future of Extension education in Texas and beyond, a graduate class in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications has undertaken a series of 14 feature articles about Extension people, programs and innovations. Read More →