Cooperative Extension Program

Cooperative Extension Program

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 [...]

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 childwelfare.gov, "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 [...]

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 [...]