MAKING A DIFFERENCE NEWSLETTER - Issue 3, Volume 17 (Apr 2017) Issue 3, Volume 17 (Sept 2017) - Page 5

Texans turn to Extension for solutions. Extension agents and specialists respond, not only with answers, but also with resources and services that result in a significant return on investment to boost the Texas economy.

The agency custom-designs its programs to make a difference in each Texas community.

Robert Richter

Harris County Extension Interim Director

SCIENCE-BASED KNOWLEDGE

The renovations of the AgriLife Extension office in Harris county from the “Tax Day Flood” had just been completed when Harvey arrived with record setting rainfall and runoff into Addicks Reservoir.

The AgriLife Extension office was flooded to a depth of about 8 feet and the surrounding research and demonstration landscape and gardens were destroyed along with the greenhouse and outbuildings. Our staff has temporarily relocated to the Prairie View Northwest Houston Center while we seek another location for our agents and staff to work.

Our Extension programs serve residents across the county, and many of our programs are continuing despite the loss of office space, while our agents are seeking innovative ways to continue to serve our clientele. We are certainly proud of our agents and staff for rising to the occasion during this time of disruption and loss, to keep our services and educational programs going for the benefit of all citizens of the county.

AgriLife Extension was selected as a key component of the Rebuild Texas initiative of the governor’s office and has been leading the way in counties across the region affected by Harvey. Our office has been a part of this effort working in cooperation with key personnel in the Chancellor’s office at Texas A&M.

This issue of Making a Difference highlights a few of our many programs that serve the residents of Harris County. Please contact me if you have questions about our programs and services, or would like additional information.

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