Extension District IV Overview
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service District IV
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service's northeast district, or District IV, represents a diverse population of more than 5.18 million people with rapidly changing demographics. Dallas is the largest county in the service area with 2.57 million persons compared to Delta county with the smallest District IV population, 5,212.
Historical Extension programming began in District IV in 1903 on the Porter Farm in Terrell, Kaufman County. This led to the formation of the Cooperative Extension Service in each state in 1914. In 1915, the Texas Legislature accepted the Smith-Lever Act, authorizing Texas A&M College to administer the Cooperative Extension Service in Texas. The faculty and staff in District IV continue to meet the challenges of change as we lead Texas into the 21st Century -- a state where the pioneer spirit of neighbors helping neighbors prevails.
Agricultural production like beef cattle, broilers, milk, nursery crops and hay and forages remains a major contributor to the district economy. But North Texas industrial development contributes heavily to economic stability and growth.
Family health, safety, and wellness have become increasingly important as regional populations change. Food safety, healthy living principles, child safety, and pressures on families are focal points in program development for District IV and across the state for AgriLife Extension Service at large.
District IV contributes to youth programs reaching roughly 4,000 youth in organized 4-H clubs across Texas and more than 53,000 youth participants of school-based enrichment programs and special interest activities. AgriLife county extension agents train more than 9,300 volunteers each year, who assist to further spread the knowledge of AgriLife Extension professionals.
County extension agents also conduct result demonstrations and applied research -- one of the most visible and effective educational tools that agents use to transfer research based technology in agriculture to producers and the public. Extension specialists and agents, work with development groups and others, sharing expertise and experiences to plan, implement, evaluate, analyze, publish and distribute result demonstrations and applied research.