By Julie Tomascik

The relationship between Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service was recognized last month.

TFB was one of five organizations that received a Partnership Award from the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

The award recognizes organizations, individuals, agencies and others outside the Texas A&M University System whose dedicated support have significantly enhanced the impact of Extension programming.

“The history of the Extension service across our nation, especially in Texas, is rich and powerful,” TFB President Russell Boening said as he accepted the award on behalf of the organization. “AgriLife Extension has added so much value to the lives of Texas farm and ranch families over many decades.”

TFB provides support for Agri-Life Extension programs on the state and local level, as well as all areas of agriculture, 4-H and youth development, consumer and risk management education and pesticide impact studies.

“Texas Farm Bureau champions building strong, prosperous agricultural communities across Texas,” an AgriLife Extension statement said. “County Farm Bureau boards provide support to local educational efforts through monetary sponsorships, in-kind support and volunteer assistance.”

Boening noted TFB volunteer leaders are an integral role in the partnership between the organizations.

TFB also works closely with Extension to increase agricultural literacy and awareness in classrooms across the state.

“Since I became president of Texas Farm Bureau, we have focused even more on developing our relationship with AgriLife Extension,” Boening said. “Together, we’ve connected on the staff level, seeking out new ways to enhance those relationships.”

TFB and AgriLife Extension have partnered on numerous occasions, resulting in positive impacts for agriculture.

“The role of Extension programs is just as important now as it ever was,” Boening said. “We are grateful for all the promise that our mutual future holds.”

Other organizations receiving the Partnership Award include the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, Ducks Unlimited and the Texas Division of Emergency Management.