Monday Minute

4-H Makes Dreams Become Reality

  The month of April 2017 was indeed a time of celebration, outreach, stewardship, and recognition. On April 22nd in Cass County, a combined task force of 10 youths and four adults, led by the CEP Youth Advisory Board, manifested the spirit of 4-H with combined activities to celebrate Earth Day; Community Service Month; and [...]

Basil and Happiness

My new favorite herb to use is fresh basil leaves. I was roaming through Pinterest, a social media platform, a few weeks ago looking for an easy and healthy recipe to prepare for my lazy Saturday afternoon. I came across a fantastic recipe that included fresh basil. I typically use dry basil, even when the [...]

Boys 2 Men Leadership at Irving’s Thomas Haley Elementary

Approximately twenty-four young men began blazing their trails to (young) manhood via the "Boys 2 Men" Leadership program (B2M) this past October. Thomas Haley Elementary School in Irving, TX, collaborated with the Prairie View A&M University's Cooperative Extension Program and agent Marvin Young of Dallas County to allow parents and male youth to interact, share, [...]

How to Use E-commerce for Online Markets

Traditional retail business models are changing rapidly with growth through online sales referred to as e-commerce. E-commerce has changed the way consumers shop and purchase from brick and mortar stores. A storefront is no longer an absolute requirement for having a successful business. E-commerce has opened doors for entrepreneurs and limited resource individuals with little [...]

The Safe Sitter Program Teaches Teens How to be Better Babysitters

According to, "all parents eventually face the decision to leave their children home alone for the first time. Whether they are just running to the store for a few minutes or working during after-school hours, parents need to be sure their children have the skills and maturity to handle the situation safely. Being trusted [...]

Integrated Parasite Management Workshop

The Cooperative Extension Program (AGNR) and the Cooperative Agriculture Research Center (CARC) hosted the second workshop in the Small Ruminant Workshop Series on Saturday, November 18th from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm. The morning session held in the Carden-Waller Cooperative Extension Building and the afternoon session held at Governor Bill and Vara Daniel Farm on [...]

Liberty County Agent James Motton assists family in home repair following Housing Workshop

Liberty County residents are thankful today since learning of the valuable resources available through USDA and the Prairie View A&M University Cooperative Extension Program in Liberty County. Before Hurricane Harvey, Community and Economic Development specialist and county agents organized a series of home buying and home repair seminars educating the public on the resources available [...]

Hurricane Response in Liberty Texas

Ten days after Hurricane Harvey Liberty County, Community & Economic Development extension agents took the lead in organizing and responding to the hurricane victims.  The agents provided thousands of residents with blankets, toiletries, water, gift cards, shoes, clothes, cleaning supplies, food, gift cards, temporary housing and other supplies. Local churches, community organizations, and businesses reinvested [...]

2017 Annual Emergency Management Summit

The Emergency Management Summit, anticipated every year around September, is a one-day workshop that provides a forum for local and regional executives to share strategies and to coordinate plans for emergency preparedness and response. This year, the Summit highlighted the (MGT-312) Senior Officials Workshop for All-Hazards Emergency Preparedness and provided an opportunity to discuss strategic [...]

CEP Specialist Jeffries and AgriLife Specialist McCorkle presents Explore Sewing Machine Basics at Texas 4-H Summit

Agents and specialists were able to learn more about the new Explore Clothing and Textiles: Explore Selling Your Handicrafts Guide, during the Texas 4-H Summit held recently at the 4-H Center in Lake Brownwood. This publication, due out December 2017, is the latest manual to guide volunteers, agents, and 4-H youth with a step-by-step approach [...]