The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is a unique education agency with a statewide network of professional educators, trained volunteers, and county offices. It reaches into every Texas county to address local priority needs. 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.
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 every year in learning projects, leadership development, and community service.
Collaborative programs enable extension educators and their partners to extend resources and prevent duplication of services. In 2012, planned extension programs involved a total of 208 collaborators–diverse private sector and nonprofit entities–and hundreds of school districts.
- Established: 1915
- Number of direct teaching contacts: 25 million in FY 2013
- Number of volunteers supporting extension programs: 96,794
- Number of counties with an Extension office: 250
- FY 2014 operating budget: $110 million (excludes $33 million in local operating funds from county commissioners courts)