New funds aimed at education for beginning farmers, ranchers

Applications are due December 8 for 2017 grants to help train the next generation of agricultural producers. The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture announced availability of $17.7 million. Read More →

Accepting nominations: Vice Chancellor’s Awards in Excellence

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Due October 10: nominations for the annual awards program that recognizes faculty and staff across Texas A&M AgriLife for commitment and outstanding contributions. Extension personnel are eligible in several categories. Read More →

Onward! next steps, next stages

September 1 marked the effective date of new promotions, when 27 Extension educators officially reached the next step on their career ladder. Four Extension employees entered a new stage of life when they retired on August 31, joining 16 additional FY16 retirees. Congratulations to all the following individuals! Read More →

Updated: Hay, school supplies among the needs of flood-ravaged Louisiana

Following widespread flooding across south Louisiana, support from Texas has included hay donations and collections of school supplies. Learn more about these ways to help. Read More →

Nominations sought for tributes to partners

Both the Extension in the City and the Extension Partnership awards programs are open for nominations, due Oct. 1 and Oct. 15, respectively. Read More →

FAQs about the Superior Service Awards

Perennial questions are popping up as the annual September 10 nomination deadline approaches for our Extension Superior Service Awards program. Attention nominators: here are the answers you need. Read More →

Due Aug. 31: survey about youth outreach

Extension educators are encouraged to respond to a survey by the USDA-NIFA Vulnerable Populations–Immigrant Youth Champions Work Group. Intended for county- and state-level professionals and paraprofessionals, the survey will help identify Extension strengths and professional development needs related to the participation of immigrant youth and families in 4-H. Read More →

Data on tap

From award nominations to grant proposals, good data support provides an edge. One go-to source is the USDA Economic Research Service, which regularly updates state fact sheets about population, income, food security, education, employment, farm characteristics, and more. Read More →

What’s your FQ?

A look back by the Journal of Extension found a “futures quotient” (FQ) self-assessment featured in 1986. The 15-item instrument was designed to provide insight on the extent to which you possess the qualities of a futurist. Take the test and see if it holds true today! Read More →

Resource roundup: all about Zika

To support Extension educators, an array of multimedia educational resources about avoiding the mosquito-borne Zika virus is now available on a single website, courtesy of the Department of Entomology and AgriLife Communications. Read More →