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2015-01-15

Hegar salutes extension service

By Kathleen Phillips ka-phillips@tamu.edu

Photo courtesy of Texas A&M AgriLife
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar, third from left, was presented the Texas A&M AgriLife Public Service Award for his service as a Texas senator. With Hegar at the 2015 Texas A&M AgriLife Conference are, from the left, Texas A&M University System chancellor John Sharp, acting vice chancellor and dean of agriculture and life sciences Dr. Bill Dugas, and Dr. Mark Hussey, interim president of Texas A&M University.


New Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar told more than 600 people at the Texas A&M AgriLife conference this week that their example of honesty, character and integrity is what makes state legislators willing to listen to requests aimed at helping people across the state.
Hegar, a former state senator from Houston, said information gleaned from Texas A&M AgriLife Research and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is part of the reason his family has been able to sustain their farming operation near Houston since the mid-1800s.
"As a sixth generation Texan, there were so many days when we started doing farm work long before the sun rose and ended long after," Hegar said.
"I learned from my grandfather and father that one's handshake is good for your work, honesty, character and integrity. Those same characteristics are what you in AgriLife live and breathe every day."
AgriLife is part of the Texas A&M University System and includes AgriLife Research, AgriLife Extension, Texas A&M Forest Service, the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
For his service as a senator, Hegar was presented the Texas A&M AgriLife Public Service Award by Dr. Bill Dugas, acting vice chancellor and dean of agriculture and life sciences. The award was established in 2006 to recognize individuals in an elected state or federal position "who have provided exceptional leadership and outstanding contributions in public service."
The comptroller hinted about the state of the economy as the state agencies prepare for the 84th Texas Legislature, which began Jan. 13.
"Soon I will get to tell the Legislature how much they can spend," Hegar said. "Oil prices have dropped, and that hinders the economy, yes. But we have a more diverse economy now."
Bandera County's AgriLife Extension Service Agents are Stacy Teston and Sam Womble. Call them at 830-796-7755, or stop by the office at the Mansfield Park Show Barn in Bandera.
Check out their website at bandera.agrilife.org for more information about their services for ranchers and farmers and the youth of Bandera County, along with links to helpful articles and other ag-related organizations.