Economic Impact Studies

To identify and respond to the issues affecting Texans, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service conducts an ongoing needs assessment process involving long-range strategic planning, stakeholder input, and program evaluation. The educational programs implemented locally may vary, given differing needs, stages of adoption, and creativity of local citizens and communities.

To help assess the effectiveness of Extension education, our agency formally analyzes selected, representative programs and activities to determine their economic impact.  The following documents (all pdf) are one-page reports, most of which provide insight into the value of particular programming efforts.  Those labeled as an “Overview” summarize related programs and describe Extension’s overall response to an issue.

Economic Impact Briefs

Food, Fiber, and Green Industry

Conservation and Protection of Natural Resources

Health, Nutrition, and Safety

Workforce and Community Economic Development

Note: The Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems and Water Conservation in Landscape Irrigation impact briefs are listed in two categories – Conservation and Protection of Natural Resources and Workforce and Community Economic Development – because the program and the benefits are related to both natural resources and workforce development.

Food and Fiber System’s Contribution to the Texas Economy

Extension Economists have developed a report titled “The Food and Fiber System and Production Agriculture’s Contribution to the Texas Economy.” The report is updated annually.  The latest version of the report is available below in PDF format.