Cooperative Extension Program

Cooperative Extension Program

Prairie View & Specialty Crop Research: Changing Agriculture One Farm at a Time

Limited Resources farmers face many different challenges when it comes to production and operations. Gaining resources, increasing production capacity, and low commodity prices keep these small farm operations from competing in the market. However, there are some actions that limited resource farms can take to increase income. One example of this is producing specialty crops [...]

Preparing Texas Youth for College, College Prep 101 Workshop Series

March 18, 2018 - In 2017, National 4-H Headquarters released a new strategic plan with an outcome of preparing youth for college and career. This outcome is created to promote first-generation college access; to provide exposure to college and career opportunities, and to offer youth engagement in college and career readiness activities and programs. To [...]

“4-H Volunteer Signing Day” held at Open House

The 4-H unit celebrates National 4-H Week every year in October at Prairie View A&M University, but there is no time like the present to join a 4-H club or become a volunteer. All are welcome to participate in the annual Adult Volunteer "Signing Day" training where new and current volunteers can apply to work [...]

CAHS Organized Leafy Greens Workshop: From Farm to Table

A team of more than 30 students, research scientists, extension personnel, and faculty members from the College of Agriculture and Human Sciences successfully conducted the Leafy Greens Workshop: From Farm to Table on Thursday, February 15, 2018. This was an opportunity to showcase the land-grant program in action through the research activities of students working [...]

Regional Partnerships

In the fall of 2015, USDA-RD Area Director, Joe De Ochoa, received a “why is your area not making very many grants for the elderly and disabled home renovation program?”. Since I was in his office, he looked to me for an answer and suggestion.  I determined the limited “in-house” staff was overextended and outreach [...]

Heroes for Health

A key component of active Extension work is a  committee identifying local issues and assisting with a plan of action to address them. The Maverick County Family & Consumer Sciences (FCS) committee identified obesity and diet-related diseases as a chronic issue in the county. Current statistical data revealed 65.9% of adults in Texas are considered [...]

CEP Empowers Minority Farmers with Microloan Program in Houston County

The Prairie View A&M Cooperative Extension Program empowers minority agriculture farmers to produce sustainable products utilizing Extension educational programs in the areas of Beef & Forage, vegetable production, fruit production, and all measures of the United States Department of Agriculture. In 2013, USDA established a microloan program to help smaller, non-traditional producers finance farm operations. [...]

Williams and Conner Beef Jerky

While working with a client in Zavala County, a USDA “meat inspector” question came up, and having a “friend to call”, I initiated contact. During the conversation, we spoke of “the old days” when I helped launch their business (from cooking in their home kitchen to a state of the art processing facility). As we [...]

Burning Up The Kitchen

There is nothing more annoying than to have a roommate who can not cook. You know why? Because typically those that can not cook always burn pots, pans, and food at every attempt. So, raise your virtual hand if you live with someone who needs help in the kitchen! This article is for you. For [...]

4-H and Youth Development Unit host College Visitation Day “On the Hill”

The importance of getting a college education was emphasized by university professors, research scientists, and extension staff during a recent college visitation day program for 9th - 12th-grade students.  “Prairie View A&M University produces productive people,” is a familiar quote heard by many who visited “On the Hill.”  During their tours and sessions, the high [...]