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On Tuesday, May 20 the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Williamson County celebrated the 100th anniversary of the signing of the federal Smith-Lever Act by presenting the Williamson County Commissioners Court the Building a Better Texas Award. The Smith-Lever Act provided for cooperative agricultural extension work at the nation’s land-grant colleges – as a partnership between, federal, state and county governments.

The court also proclaimed May 20 as Smith-Lever Day in Williamson County recognizing the preeminent role that Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Williamson County plays in the daily lives of the citizens of Williamson County and acknowledged the tradition of learning for all citizens that is embodied in Extension programs.

Williamson County Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Agent Fred M. Hall noted, “We appreciate the partnership we have developed over the years with this court and recognize without their support, we would not have been able to serve the people of Williamson County with practical, university-based information and programs.”

AgriLife Extension provides dozens of popular programs, including Texas 4-H and Youth Development, Texas Master Gardeners and Junior Master Gardeners, Texas Superstar plants, Walk Across Texas, Do Well Be Well with Diabetes, Better Living for Texans, Texas Master Naturalists, the Passenger Safety Project and many more. It also works one on one with local farmers, ranchers and landowners; provides wildlife services; diagnoses plant diseases; tests soil, water and forage; trains food handlers and pesticide applicators; and even trains county officials in the basics of serving their communities.

Dr. Douglas Steele, director of AgriLife Extension, said, “By building coalitions with county governments and collaborating with other public and private groups and organizations – and with the help of our more than 100,000 volunteers – AgriLife Extension conducts educational programs that address the diverse range of contemporary and emerging issues affecting the residents of our state. By presenting this award, we hope to show just how much the spirit of cooperation within each county means to us, and to all Texans, as we celebrate a century of success in Extension education and look forward to extending knowledge and providing solutions in the future.”

For more information contact the Texas AgriLife Extension Service office in Williamson County at 512.943.3300.

 

Those attending included: (L-R) Precinct 1- Commissioner  Lisa  Birkman, Precinct 2-Commissioner Cynthia Long, Brooke Boyd–4H Program Assistant, Pam Ward– FCS/4-H Secretary, Melissa Veliz-BLT Program Assistant,  Judge Dan A. Gattis with award,  Williamson County Extension AgriLife Agent Kaitlyne Davis,  Precinct 3-Commissioner Valerie Covey, Precinct 4 - Commissioner Ron Morrison and Williamson County Extension AgriLife Agent Fred M. Hall.

Those attending included: (L-R) Precinct 1- Commissioner Lisa Birkman, Precinct 2-Commissioner Cynthia Long, Brooke Boyd–4H Program Assistant, Pam Ward– FCS/4-H Secretary, Melissa Veliz-BLT Program Assistant, Judge Dan A. Gattis with award, Williamson County Extension AgriLife Agent Kaitlyne Davis, Precinct 3-Commissioner Valerie Covey, Precinct 4 – Commissioner Ron Morrison and Williamson County Extension AgriLife Agent Fred M. Hall.

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