May 16, 2016 - In the 1870s, the Texas Legislature created two state universities specifically for the benefit of the state's farmers and ranchers. Now known as Texas A&M and Prairie View A&M, the universities original charge of educating Texas youth about the benefits of science-based agriculture soon was expanded to provide services and education to citizens throughout the state. “County Agents” worked with Texans on a local level. Now known as the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service “with a vast network of 250 county Extension offices and some 900 professional educators, the expertise provided by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is available to every resident in every Texas county.” Lane Dunn, Shelby County's Extension Agent, will be the guest speaker of the Timpson Area Genealogical and Heritage Society at 2PM on Wednesday, May 18.
The types of assistance available from the AgriLife Extension Service are now so broad that most citizens do not realize all that is available. Agent Dunn will help solve that problem as he talks to TAGHS members and guests about some of the lesser known aid that the Extension Service provides. From keeping our food safe and planning nutritious menus to choosing energy efficient home appliances, as well as animal husbandry and crop production, the Extension Service has beneficial information for all Texans. For example, effective methods of mosquito control to help prevent the spread of the Zika virus is a timely topic.
TAGHS meets the third Wednesday of each month at 2:00 PM in the meeting room of the Timpson Public Library on the corner of Austin and Bremond Streets. The public is invited.