Our Impact on Texas

For more than 100 years, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has improved Texans’ lives with innovative, science-based solutions and education in communities across the state.

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Helping Texans Thrive

We improve the lives of Texans through education. To help assess the effectiveness of Extension education, our agency formally analyzes selected, representative programs and activities to determine their economic impact. See our Economic Impact Briefs below to gain insight into how we make an impact in these key areas, or explore in-depth economic impact by topic.

View our Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service | Serving Texans’ Needs Agency Overview Brief for a broad view of the impact we are making on Texas.

Strengthening Production Agriculture

Production agriculture is vital to the economic, environmental and human health of Texas. See how we make a significant impact on production agriculture through key solutions to some of the most pressing issues facing agriculture today.

  • Tractor applying pesticide to crops in a field
    • Programs focused on agricultural production and management practices, evaluation of technologies, and improved decision-making led to economic gains of more than $616M for agricultural producers in 2021.
    • Through 16,700 educational events, planning meetings and workshops in 2021, we achieved more than 2.1M contacts.
  • Rows of yellow sunflowers
    • Outreach related to crops, floriculture and nursery production led to an estimated increase in annual net returns of $54.9M and assisted cotton growers with variety selection valued at $26.2M.
    • The boll weevil eradication program had estimated benefits of $417M, with cumulative benefits of $5.5 billion since 1996.
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    • Livestock and dairy production programs resulted in an estimated economic gain of $84.5M
    • Crop and livestock-related financial risk management programs resulted in estimated gains of $26.9M.
    • Job training and continuing education through Beef Quality Assurance trainings, Feedyard Camp and the Feedyard Technician Program support 316 Texas jobs, with an annual wage base of $6.1M.

Improving Health, Nutrition and Safety

We’re here to help the growing population of Texas flourish as we tackle some of the state’s biggest health and safety issues.

  • diabetes testing supplies on a table
    • Our diabetes education programs led to estimated lifetime health care cost savings and improved productivity of $6.5M for approximately 350 participants in 2021.
    • The economic impact of selected diabetes education, physical activity and nutrition education programs was estimated at $76.1M in lifetime health care cost savings.
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    • Nutrition and food resource management programs reached more than 3,700 participants, with economic benefits estimated at $1.4M.
    • Physical activity programs attracted 13,100 participants, with lifetime economic benefits estimated at $64.6M.
    • Child safety seat programs save lives. The economic benefit of the proper use of child safety seats for the 1,900 participants is estimated at $3.6M.
    • Through continuing education and certification programs, we directly supports 76,400 jobs in Texas, with an estimated annual wage base of $1.65B.
    • Food Safety Education Program trains more than 6,600 food service employees, with a collective annual wage base of $187.0M.
    • The V.G. Young Institute of County Government directly supports 2,358 county officials, with an annual salary base of $138.2M.

Protecting Natural Resources

We serve all 254 counties of Texas by improving and protecting our natural resources, making Texas more sustainable and enjoyable.

  • Student walking through a field of tall grass
    • Wildlife management programs led to estimated economic gains of $16.0M by reducing property damages from feral hogs and improving quail biology and habitat.
    • Texas Master Naturalists contributed 442,000 hours of volunteer service in 2021, which was valued at $12.6M.
  • Armadillo in grass
    • Direct assistance in removing 47,890 feral hogs saved landowners an estimated $14.4M in avoided crop and property losses.
    • Predation management efforts saved an estimated $55.4M in livestock and wildlife losses.
    • Beaver damage management protected flood-control structures, roads, bridges, timber, crops and pastures valued at $6.9M.
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    • Water conservation programs have resulted in a potential savings of 4.1B gallons annually—enough to supply 37,500 households—valued at $15M.
    • Programs that provide certification in landscape irrigation, onsite wastewater systems management and water quality directly support 1,890 jobs, with $62.4M in annual wages.
  • Cibolo Creek at Crescent Bend Nature Park
    • The Plum Creek, Attoyac Bayou, Buck Creek watersheds and portions of the Navasota River watershed have been removed from EPA’s list of impaired water bodies.
    • Outreach efforts support the identification of sources of contamination, educational programs, and critical water quality protection activities with economic benefits of more than $1.4 million in 2021.

Improving Community Resiliency

Better preparation and support from disaster-recovery experts can help fast-track recovery and alleviate long-term costs for communities, learn more about our specialized program to enhance disaster readiness in Texas.

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    • AgriLife Extension has established six regional Disaster Assistance Response Teams to provide support for local communities to prepare for, respond to, recover from and become more resilient to all types of disasters.
    • We work with agencies and organizations across the state in both education and response to help communities prepare long-term plans for land use, natural resources, and mitigation to reduce the impacts of disasters.

Empowering Youth

Since 1908, youth have been gaining valuable life-skills through hands-on activities taught and supported by caring adult volunteers and Extension Agents.

  • Girl holding a bunch of freshly-picked carrots
    • 4-H is the largest youth development program in Texas, reaching more than 500,000 youth each year
    • 4-H prepares youth to meet the challenges of childhood, adolescence and adulthood, through a coordinated, long-term, progressive series of educational experiences that enhance life skills and develop social, emotional, physical and cognitive competencies

Food and Fiber System’s Contribution to the Texas Economy

Production agriculture is one component of the larger food and fiber system that serves Texas’ 29.5 million consumers, as well as millions of consumers beyond Texas.

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    • Production agriculture in Texas is fourth among all states in cash receipts and is one component of the larger food and fiber system that serves Texas’ 29.5 million consumers as well as millions of consumers beyond the state.
    • Recent data shows the food and fiber system in Texas contributed $186.1 billion to the state’s 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 biennially.