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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Texas AgriLife Extension Service Partnering with 2010 Census

2010 Census

While the immediate financing of state government depends heavily on sales tax revenues, a longer-term factor is the 2010 Census. The Census will impact not only legislative redistricting and the representation of both rural and urban residents, but also the future distribution of $400 billion dollars in federal funds each year, not to mention the spending and planning of many local state and local entities, including AgriLife Extension.

We all know that Census Day is April 1, 2010, and that it's important to count every person in Texas. For Extension's part, our agency is an official partner of the Census Bureau .

The goal of the Census Bureau's partnership program is to combine the strengths of local governments, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations , schools,media, businesses and others, to ensure a complete and accurate 2010 census. The Census Bureau will provide promotional materials, regular updates and data assistance to partners to assist in this effort. Together, through this partnership, we can ensure the 2010 Census message is delivered to every corner of the nation.

There are many ways our agency can support the 2010 Census:

Use Census drop-in articles, messages and logos in newsletters, mailings, and others in hours communications

Encourage staff members and volunteers to complete and mail the questionnaire.

Display and or distribute 2010 census promotional materials

Use and distribute educational materials.

Link to the 2010 Census Web site from your web site.

No doubt many of our Extension offices will receive questions when census forms are mailed in mid-March. Please prepare; a variety of audience-specific fact sheets are available online at

Informal interpretation:

Interpretation is an ongoing task that will reap major dividends for our program on the local, state and federal level. I would like to commend our agents in Karnes and Matagorda County for participating in a monthly community round table discussions hosted by either the camber of commerce or other community leadership organizations. In Matagorda County the call it 1st Friday held at a restaurant for breakfast. I know that Makenzie Wyatt participated in this event to introduce herself to the community. in Karnes County its called 2nd Friday and is hosted by a participant in the program. This month Karnes County hosted the program and introduced JD Folbre to community and provided a program on outcomes to the individuals that attended. These are excellent ways to continue to interpret to our stakeholders about our significant impacts. DM