Working hand-in-hand with its Texas A&M System partners, the state legislature, and the communities it serves, the mission of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service is a seemingly simple one: improving the lives of people, businesses, and communities across Texas and beyond through high-quality, relevant education.
With a vast network of 250 county extension offices, AgriLife Extension is available to every Texas citizen. The expertise provided by AgriLife Extension programs prepare Texans to:
- Eat well, stay healthy, manage money, and raise their children to be successful adults.
- Efficiently help themselves through preventing problems and using tools for economic stability and security.
- Improve stewardship of the environment and of the state's natural resources.
Todays AgriLife Extension is known for its leadership, dedication, expertise, responsiveness, and trustworthiness. Bexar County residents turn to AgriLife Extension for solutions, and its employees respond not only with answers, but with a significant return on investment to boost the Bexar County economy.
A total of 107,828 visited the Texas Experience Pavilion at this years San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo, from Jan. 31 to Feb. 17, 2008, where AgriLife Extension, the Cooperative Extension Program, and partners (which included SAWS and CPS Energy) presented a "Green Living at Home" exhibit to demonstrate ways to conserve water and energy, and protect the environment. Interior display features included tankless and point-of-use water heaters, high-efficiency faucet, showerhead and toilet, EnergyStar appliances, compact fluorescent lamps and programmable thermostat. Exterior features included rainwater harvesting and low-water-use turf grass and plants.
Over 4,855 youth in 63 schools learned horticulture and gardening skills by participating in the Classroom Gardens Program. For children, gardening provides a source of enjoyment, a vehicle for learning, and a means of understanding the importance of agriculture in daily life. During 2007, a total of 24,000 youth participated in school curriculum enrichment programs, including wildlife, food and nutrition, gardening, agricultural awareness and entrepreneurship education.