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GRAPEVINE — Texas State Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, received the Extension in the City Award from the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service during a ceremony at her office in Grapevine.
“I strongly believe in the work the agency is doing,” said Nelson, who serves the 12th Senatorial District, which includes portions of Denton and Tarrant counties. “When this Legislature supports Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, we’re supporting healthier and more prosperous communities for generations to come. I’m proud of what they have accomplished over the years, and I will continue to support their work as they expand and educate even more Texans about community, family and individual well-being.”
The accolade, created in 2006 to recognize urban leaders who support AgriLife Extension programs, stated Nelson’s “compassionate concern for vulnerable children and families, seniors and children in the Child Protective Service system has resulted her passing legislation that benefits us all, especially urban areas where the majority of these vulnerable populations live.”
The annual award recognizes elected officials who are exceptional leaders for Texas. It pays tribute to their engagement with and support for AgriLife Extension programs. It cites Nelson’s support of two initiatives in which AgriLife Extension plays a major role: Healthy Texas and Rebuild Texas.
“Sen. Nelson has a true understanding of the importance of having a healthy economy, a healthy food system and a healthy community – goals that are at the heart of Extension education,” said John Sharp, Chancellor of the Texas A&M University System.
“As a statewide agency, we follow her leadership in our mission to improve the lives of people, businesses and communities across Texas and beyond through high-quality, relevant education,” said Dr. Parr Rosson, interim director of AgriLife Extension, College Station.
AgriLife Extension, part of the Texas A&M University System, has a statewide network of professional educators, trained volunteers and 250 county offices, offering local educational programming ranging from agriculture and food production, healthy living and youth enrichment.