Cooperative Extension Program

Cooperative Extension Program

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 [...]

CEP and CARC personnel participated in the 33rd Annual Fort Bend Regional Vegetable Conference

The 33rd Annual Fort Bend Regional Vegetable Conference was held on February 8, 2018, at Fort Bend County Fairgrounds, Rosenberg, Texas. The conference was a celebration of vegetable production along the upper Gulf Coast region. The counties in this region include Waller, Wharton, Harris, Galveston, Brazoria, Colorado, Austin, and Fort Bend.  This event focused on teaching [...]

The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program

  The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is currently implemented by Prairie View A&M University – Cooperative Extension Program in Fort Bend, Harris and Starr counties.  EFNEP focuses on working with very limited resource families with children [...]

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 [...]