Sunday, November 8, 2009

Who is the Boss?

An agent seeks direction form the local county commissioners court, local committees, 4-H leaders, and not to mention Extension administration.

However, the main boss of an agent is the local public. The taxpayer and local stakeholder is ultimately the supervisor of the Extension agent. The local county leadership advisory boards, program area committees, and youth boards provides the direction.

We all must understand that we must be accountable to our local customer and be assessable to their needs. We need to have our Extension office assessable to our clientele from 8 am to 12 noon and from 1 pm to 5 pm. Our county offices must open at 8 am every working day. We must re-open at 1 pm after our lunch breaks, and close at 5 pm. Our support staff must me diligent in keeping this schedule to consistently provide our accessability to our clientele. The Extension agent is often out of the office and we must have our offices open for business. County support staff must know where the agent is and what he or she is doing in support of county programing. Even though an agent is out of the office much of the time he or she must make time for office work and be assessable to our local stakeholders.

South Region 4-H Professionals:

I hope each of you have had the opportunity to reflect on your participation in the various sessions provided through South Region 4-H University. Please take a few minutes to respond to this brief evaluation. Your responses will help us frame future professional development opportunities for CEAs in the region. The evaluation focuses on the sessions as well as the facilities. There is also a section to give you the opportunity to express any specific thoughts you may have about the conference.

Collective responses will be shared with presenters and 4-H faculty to assist in reviewing the effectiveness of sessions offered and format.

Please respond by November 13th by clicking here...

for more information contact Mr. Luis Saldana.

TCAAA Professional Improvement Retreat held in Fayette County.

I would like to express my appreciation to Phillip Shackelford, Scott Willey , Larry Pierce and Kelvin Neal for being excellent hosts of our very successful TCAAA Ag retreat last week, in Fayette County at the Winedale Historical Center.

We had an excellent program the first day on S.A.R.E programing efforts by John Smith, Viticulture in Texas by Fritz Westover, and Mr. Jim Reaves provided information on the 4-H Foundation. That afternoon we went on a tour of the Blue Bell Creamery in Brenham. After a sporting clay tournament at the Day Ranch, an excellent meal was prepared by our host agents. On our second day Dr. Juan Landivar, Research Resident Director from Corpus Christi provided a program on how Extension and Research can work better together. Anthony Netardus, Brent Bachelor, Joe Janak, Scott Willey, and Peter McGuill provided informative professional presentations on result demonstration work.

Again, I would like to thank our TCAAA leadership Phillip Shackelford and Brian Yanta for their outstanding planning of the event.