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. AgriLife Extension offers a diverse array of educational programs, activities and resources for Texas – supporting our mission to help Texans better their lives.
No matter the name, all Extension programs are objective, offer practical information, and are grounded in science-based knowledge in conjunction with Texas A&M University’s College of Agriculture & Life Sciences.
Some of our major efforts are in livestock and crop protection, mitigating drought impacts, water conservation, enhancing food security, and health and wellness education including diet, exercise, and disease prevention and management.
Examples of our signature programs include Healthy South Texas, a program that combines the expertise of the Texas A&M University Health Science Center with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension’s one-of-a-kind statewide reach to reduce preventable diseases such as diabetes, asthma, and infectious diseases in South Texas. The program brings together experts in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, biomedical science, public health, architecture, and AgriLife Extension to teach overall well being through physical activities, healthy meal planning, health screenings, and more.
AgriLife Extension is also known for its Texas Master Gardeners Program. Master Gardeners is a program where volunteers are highly trained in plant selection, gardening basics, and Earth-Kind practices for gardens. The sister organization is Texas Master Naturalists which is made up of volunteers focused on management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities across Texas.
Texas 4-H, our primary youth program, engages some 600,000 youth every year in learning projects, leadership development, and community service.
Interested in extension programs for you or your needs? Click to find your local county office.
• Number of direct teaching contacts: almost 23 million in FY 2015
• Number of volunteers supporting extension programs: 99,907
• Number of counties with an Extension office: 250
• FY 2017 operating budget: $158 million including county funds