Rockwall County’s Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Celebrates 20 Years of the Texas Community Futures Forum

(ROCKWALL, TX — May 3, 2019) Texas A&M AgriLife Extension develops programs based on community needs. Issue identification is the foundation upon which Extension has been able to meet the educational needs of Rockwall County residents in the areas of Agriculture, Horticulture, Youth Development, and Family & Community Health, dating back to Ag Extension’s inception in 1914. Beginning in 1999, a new process was developed to gather and assess key issues within counties. Every five years, AgriLife Extension hosts the Texas Community Futures Forum. This process is used by local residents to identify and prioritize relevant issues within the county.

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension’s mission: Helping Texans better their lives through high-quality, relevant education that encourages lasting and effective change. AgriLife Extension will host the 2019 Texas Community Futures Forum on May 9, 2019 at the Rockwall County Library Community Room from 6:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.  During the forum the general participants will be divided into small groups to focus on one of the following areas:

  • Agriculture
  • Community Development
  • Family and Community Health
  • Horticulture
  • Youth Development

Each small group will answer the question: “During the next three to five years, what will be the most critical issues that are affecting Rockwall county?” Answers will focus on their respective area of Agriculture,  Community Development, Family and Community Health, Horticulture, or Youth Development.

Upon completion of the small group sessions, the groups will reassemble as a large group to gain insight from small group sessions.  Extension Agents will then explain the process that will take place during the next year to begin addressing the identified issues.

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension is unique because it has faculty in every area of the state who are dedicated to educating Texans in many areas of need. This uniqueness provides an opportunity to bring together the people of Texas, other service agencies, and educational groups to help provide solutions to the problems and issues facing Texans.

Join us for this five-year program development process. RSVPs should be no later than May 6, 2019 by contacting the Rockwall County A&M AgriLife Extension Office at 972.204.7660.

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension provides equal opportunities in its programs and employment to all persons, regardless of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity. The Texas A&M University System, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the County Commissioners Courts of Texas cooperate to bring Extension to every county in Texas.

Submitted press release by Rockwall County Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

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