The Backbone of AgriLife

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension service is a cooperation between federal, state and county governments that has served the United States for more than 100 years.

We’ve been working for Americans longer than Alaska and Hawaii have been part of the U.S.  AgriLife opened its doors in 1914 after President Lincoln signed into law, a congressional act establishing a network of educational branches for the land grant institutions authorized for each of the forty-eight states comprising the U.S. at the time.

Today, Extension serves all 50 U.S. states and territories. In our great state, the purpose of AgriLife has always been to improve the lives of Texans by delivering practical research-based education on local issues.

These issues are identified by you. In other words, you tell us what you want addressed. AgriLife has Extension agents working in 250 of the 254 counties in Texas.

In Ector and Midland counties, AgriLife agents provide education and resources for gardening, landscape design, healthy living, water conservation, agricultural land use, youth leadership and development and much more.

Agents are subject-matter specialists who offer knowledge gained through practical experience.  If they don’t have direct familiarity with a topic you’re interested in, they’ll have access to it through a knowledge base involving A&M faculty, specialists and trained volunteers.

Among the most impressive of AgriLife’s volunteers are the Texas Master Gardeners.  Master Gardeners are locally trained by AgriLife as educators in all topics related to horticulture. Every year they give back thousands of hours to their community by maintaining horticultural demonstration sites, teaching garden classes and making site visits to solve homeowner problems.

AgriLife’s youth development program relies on the extraordinary talents of adult leaders for our 4H program.  These volunteers assist in countless projects that teach young people confidence, leadership and life skills.  Projects in shooting sports, photography, culinary arts, livestock and textiles are just a few of the many activities that keep young minds actively engaged and learning without relying on a smartphone. Everything AgriLife does is designed to enrich your life by improving the quality of your health, saving you money and showing you how to make the most of your time.


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