Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office Learns by Listening to Community by Mario Villarino

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The situation is simple: we face an ever-changing world and sometimes is hard to adjust to those changes because the changes are fast and with no intention to stop. Agriculture is no exception. During a recent event conducted by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension (Texas Community Futures Forum) we had the opportunity to share with community leaders the current scenarios that might influence the shape of Hopkins County in the next 3-5 years.  Developing educational programs based on community needs is the foundation of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension’s success. The Leadership Advisory Boards process provides an avenue to hear from all types of clientele and people within a county. Providing solutions to county problems and issues will allow AgriLife Extension to remain viable to constituents. What could be more important to AgriLife Extension than listening to its “customers” – the people of Texas? Our ability to meet educational needs depends on knowing what local residents see as their issues that impact their lives. There is no way to know the answers to these questions unless they are asked. Therefore, Extension involve the Leadership Advisory Boards in a process to ask residents what is important to them. During the process, we shared and learn from community leaders the priorities and needs facing our communities. The results of these forums will create change in extension programming at different levels but most important – the county level. Several topics came to the discussion and those will be compiled by local and regional administrators to create educational opportunities for our communities.

Coming Up:

Hopkins County 4-H Round Up: March 26, 2019.

Grasslands Tour: April 26, 2019.

Homeowners Maintenance of Aerobic Septic Systems: April 16, 2019.

Hopkins County Plant Sale (Native Plants): April 26, 2019.

Private Pesticide Applicator Training for new applicants: May 15, 2019.

For more information related to any of these programs contact the Hopkins County Extension Office at 903-885-3443.

 

 

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