Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service


The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is a unique education agency with a statewide network of professional educators, trained volunteers, and county offices. It reaches into every Texas county to address local priority needs. Some of our major efforts are in mitigating drought impacts; conserving water use in homes, landscapes, and production agriculture; improving emergency management; enhancing food security; and protecting human health through education about diet, exercise, and disease prevention and management.

AgriLife Extension demonstrates the latest technology and best practices to improve the state’s food and fiber system, which serves all Texas consumers and contributes nine percent of the gross domestic product. Texas 4-H, our primary youth program, engages some 600,000 youth every year in learning projects, leadership development, and community service.

Collaborative programs enable extension educators and their partners to extend resources and prevent duplication of services. In total, extension personnel and extension-trained volunteers achieved nearly 23 million direct teaching contacts, including distance education via the Web, in fiscal year 2015.

To learn more about the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service, please visit: https://agrilifeextension.tamu.edu/ 


  • Help Texans better their lives


  • Through the application of science-based knowledge, we create high-quality, relevant continuing education that encourages lasting and effective change


  • We provide programs, tools, and resources —local and statewide — that teach people how to improve agriculture and food production, advance health practices, protect the environment, strengthen our communities, and enrich youth.

Quick Facts

  • Established: 1915
  • Number of direct teaching contacts: almost 23 million in FY 2015
  • Number of volunteers supporting extension programs: 96,794
  • Number of counties with an Extension office: 251
  • FY 2016 operating budget: 154 million including county funds

Organizational Development

The Organizational Development unit focuses on the applied dimension of education by extending and applying knowledge and problem-solving to address real individual and community issues.  The foundation of Extension is responding to priority needs by taking the University to the people.  The core processes of the Organizational Development unit, known collectively as the program development process and as a primary support function for the Agency, are critical in every aspect of programming at local and statewide levels.

To learn more please visit: https://agrilife.org/od/

Tall Program

Tall will create a cadre of Texas leaders to help ensure effective understanding and encourage positive action on key issues, theories, policy and economics that will advance the agriculture industry.

Texas Agricultural Lifetime Leadership is a competitive leadership development program that includes seminars with experts, on-site tours, meetings with business and government leaders, international study and personal skills improvement. It is funded by dedicated individuals and institutions through private gifts and grants. Participants pay a tuition, and the Texas AgriLife Extension provides administrative support. The TALL program is designed for men and women in the early stages of their leadership careers. Each class consists of at least 25 people, who are associated with agriculture. Participants come from every sector of agriculture and all parts of Texas.

For agriculture to remain dynamic, well informed leaders must emerge. The Texas Agricultural Lifetime Leadership (TALL) program prepares young men and women, dedicated to agriculture, for the leadership challenges ahead.

To learn more please visit: https://tall.tamu.edu/

San Antonio Livestock Exposition (SALE)

The primary objective of the Leadership Extension program is to provide a comprehensive leadership development program that will enable Extension faculty to enhance their abilities to teach youth and adults leadership skills.
  • Improve leadership and management skills
  • Enhance communication skills
  • Improve efficiency and effectiveness in carrying out supervisory and programmatic responsibilities.
  • Become aware of contemporary leadership and management issues
  • Develop comradery and trust among participants to enhance teamwork

To learn more please visit: https://sale.tamu.edu/

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