Announcing: years-of-service commendations


Sixty-nine AgriLife Extension employees earned a Service Commendation from Director Steele for achieving a decade mark in their Extension career during 2015. Supervisors present the framed certificates at various occasions each year, but here’s a list of all the recipients so you can extend your personal congratulations. Read More →

102 and counting


In addition to being Mother’s Day, May 8 was the anniversary date of the 1914 Smith-Lever Act, the federal legislation that gave rise to Extension education. To start a new Extension year for this website, we created a new page. The “Central Leadership” webpage provides an extra way to find out who’s who among our various leadership groups. Read More →

Meet the A&M librarian for AgriLife Extension


Thanks to Jenni Simonsen, AgriLife Extension now has its own portal to key services and features at the Texas A&M University Libraries. Plus, you can sign up for Jenni’s weekly newsletter and upcoming webinar to learn more about electronic resources relevant to Extension professionals. Read More →

Hone your impact writing skills


An online course about Impact Statement Reporting (with modules totaling 80 minutes) is part of eXtension’s professional development offerings for Cooperative Extension professionals. Read More →

eXtension and NeXC2016 inspire innovation


Last month’s National eXtension Conference in San Antonio put the focus on issues, innovation and impact with energetic “ignite sessions,” knowledge cafes and more. Here’s a great recap. Read More →

Texas metro areas outpace national growth


Per the U.S. Census Bureau: “Eight counties drove Texas’ metro area growth and were among the 20 counties nationwide that gained the most population between 2014 and 2015. Altogether, they added 306,736 people.” Read More →

Five things about Next Talks


Revamped for 2016, “Next Talks” now encompasses… 1) a new monthly newsletter about upcoming features, 2) new 20-minute, hot-topic talks, with a set schedule starting on February 12 at 10 a.m., 3) brief “5 Things” infomercials about Extension programs and agency initiatives, Read More →

San Antonio in March: National eXtension Conference


Look no further for an affordable, high-value professional development program targeted to Extension educators. Early-bird registration at $400 runs through March 11 for this March 22-25 event at the Hyatt Regency San Antonio Riverwalk. UPDATE: Since this post, keynote speakers have been finalized. Read More →

Articles provide insights about county officials


This month Texas County Progress magazine reports on the perspectives of two Texas county commissioners, one an officer of the Conference of Urban Counties and the other soon to retire. The back-to-back articles may be insightful for many in AgriLife Extension. Read More →

Underway: Survey of Employee Engagement


Through February 15, AgriLife Extension is seeking feedback from more than a thousand personnel who work for or on behalf of the agency. From county support staff to professorial faculty and most everyone in between, invited participants are asked to complete the “Survey of Employee Engagement.” Read More →