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About Ashley Leiva


Ashley Leiva, Author at College of Agriculture and Human Sciences

Annual State Bid Fair

In 2012, eight million minority-owned businesses contributed $1.38 trillion in revenue and 7.2 million jobs to the economy! In recent years, minority-owned companies have seen an increase in the last five years, but lag in terms of revenues and sales of non-minority businesses. Of the 26.9 million small-owned businesses in the US, African-Americans own only [...]

Families/Fathers Reading Every Day

Positive parenting practices play an essential role in children's development and later life success. Many aspects of life affect parenting including parent characteristics (e.g., personality, cognitive abilities, health, age, and level of education); child characteristics (e.g., temperament, developmental progress, mental health); family economic resources; and family structure (e.g., single, two parent, grandparents raising grandchildren). 35% [...]

Hurricane Harvey and Cooperative Extension’s Response

There are a lot of people affected by Hurricane Harvey that need help with their paperwork and follow up. It is not clear why flood victims are receiving denial and cancelation letters. The Cooperative Extension Program is looking to help people affected by flood navigate the systems. The unit is working on alleviating some of [...]

Choose Health: Food, Fun and Fitness Curriculum Implemented in County High Schools

The Choose Health: Food, Fun and Fitness curriculum was implemented in Maverick County through health classes at CC Winn and Eagle Pass High Schools. The lessons focused on topics such as sugary drinks, the benefits of incorporating fruits and vegetables into a daily eating regimen, nutrition label reading, among others. The six-lesson series included interactive [...]

Homeless Veteran Housing and Disaster Worker Training Program

According to the organization Veterans Coming Home “In addition to the complex set of factors influencing all homelessness - extreme shortage of affordable housing, livable income and access to health care - many displaced and at-risk veterans live with lingering effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance abuse, which are compounded by a lack [...]

Childhood Obesity

Childhood obesity continues to be an issue identified by our national government and regional and county stakeholders. It was identified in our Texas Community Futures Forum and is also a NIFA (National Institute of Food and Agriculture) goal for the Cooperative Extension Program. During the past 20 years, there has been a dramatic increase in [...]

The Art of the Startup: Startup Stories Event 2017

November is recognized as National Entrepreneurship Month. According to the US Department of Commerce, "entrepreneurs are responsible for virtually all new job growth across the county." However, local entrepreneurs have the opportunity to transform from within by providing jobs, products and services to limited resource communities. The Community and Economic Development Unit of the Cooperative [...]

AGNR Story

I am glad to showcase the Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show Open Commercial & Purebred Female Pen Show that is open to both adult and youth cattle breeders throughout the South Texas region. What started as a vision by attending the 2004 San Antonio Livestock Show and learning about their successful event was how we [...]

Small Farm Outreach Success In the Rio Grande Valley

Socially disadvantaged limited-resource agricultural producers and rural youth face numerous challenges obtaining financial resources through commercial lending institutions because of the risk involved in farming and ranching. Another barrier is that the local banks are unwilling to lend during these times of economic uncertainty. Many of the local producers qualify for financing through USDA's Farm [...]

Controlling Feral Swine in Fort Bend County

Fort Bend County feral swine damage is an ongoing and increasing issue among our producers, and landowners. Thousands of undeveloped acreage in the county is allowing feral hogs to reproduce at an uncontrollable rate. Feral swine are causing thousands of dollars in damage to landscaping, vegetable and fruit crops, underground irrigation systems, and spreading bacteria [...]