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April 2012
Mark Your Calendar
April 27
National Arbor Day

Texas Wildfire Risk Assessment Portal (TxWRAP) Launch

May 1-2
TFS Wildland Urban Interface Summit in Amarillo

May 13
Mother's Day

May 11-12
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Commencement and Commissioning

May 28
Memorial Day

Recent Appointments
David BaltensbergerDavid Baltensperger named interim head of department of ecosystem science and management

Matt Cochran
Matt Cochran named Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory assistant agency director  

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Making Everyday Earth Day 


Whether we're replanting trees, creating new energy sources, or connecting local food producers to consumers, all of us here at Texas A&M AgriLife have charged ahead leaps and bounds to improve our environment. And in honor of Earth Day and Arbor Day this month, I'd like to highlight to a few of our environmental successes.


Read the rest of Dr. Hussey's remarks...

Making Headlines

AgriLife in Pictures
USDA Official tours AgriLife
USDA Chief Scientist and Under Secretary Catherine Woteki gets an in-depth look at the work of Texas A&M AgriLife


Ask AgriLife

"Internet search engines have replaced a lot of what Extension was known for in the past. What is Extension's strategy to remain competitive/relevant in this free information environment?"


"As we begin thinking about priorities for Extension Programs in the future, we obviously must have the integration of distance education in program delivery as a high priority. Extension faces the challenge of expanding our reach, quality and effectiveness of programs within the context of limited resources. As Extension faces these challenges, distance education becomes paramount to the effectiveness and the accessibility to Extension programs. Texas AgriLife Extension has numerous examples of effective utilization of distance technology to deliver programs and online courses. However, in an effort to increase Extension's effectiveness in this educational arena, a Distance Education Committee was recently named to assist in the development of strategies that will enable Texas AgriLife Extension to become a leader in technology-assisted learning. There is no question that Texas AgriLife Extension will continue to expand its efforts in the development of online courses to better serve the contemporary educational needs of our clientele." 


Darrell Dromgoole 

Dr. Darrell Dromgoole

Associate Director - County Programs

Texas AgriLife Extension Service


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