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Officials hear Extension report

Staff photo by Cindy Roller / Cooper Review
Cooper 4-H President Sally Chambliss and Vice President Rilee Purviance spoke on behalf of their program before the Delta County Commissioners Court on Monday.


On Jan. 27, Cody Maxwell, Delta County CEA-ANR and Lindsey Yeager, Delta County CEA-FCS explained the Delta County AgriLife Extension Service to county elected officials, accompanying them was Sally Chambliss, Delta 4-H President, and Rilee Purviance, Delta 4-H Vice President to deliver the 4-H interpretation.

“The Delta County AgriLife Extension Service values the support that we receive from local and state stakeholders,” Maxwell said.

Through the extension service in Delta County, the total contacts for 2013 totaled 12,155 people. Individual mail contacts totaled 5,556, office contacts totaled 213, phone contacts totaled 559, and individual site visits totaled 141. Throughout the year, there were a number of livestock and forage programs that were held.

“The main three were highlighted as the Northeast Texas Cattleman’s Conference, East Texas Forage Conference, and the Tri-County Beef Tour. The programs were held as Multi-County efforts with adjoining counties and totaled 260 people,” Maxwell said. “The total economic impact that could be potentially implemented by producers from the program totaled $919,009.50 with each participant anticipating approximately $5,889.66 per operation. Through the extension service we value our volunteers that help out throughout the year. In 2012, we had a total of 179 volunteers that helped out in some type of way totaling 1,596 hours of contribution. As you know volunteers work for free, but if we were to put a dollar number to these contributions, it would total $34,776.84.”



Delta County Commissioners Court will meet again on Monday, Feb. 10 at 9 a.m.