Category Archives: TALL/SALE–LE

New Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist, Dr. Philip Shackelford

Philip Shackelford, PhD, offers a new perspective on program development for county extension agents. With over 20 years of experience planning and implementing agriculture programs, Shackelford understands key techniques for successful and effective program development. Shackelford’s passion for agriculture developed during his teen years. His county extension agent and agricultural teachers from high school influenced Shackelford’s decision to pursue a career in agriculture. Shackelford earned a Master of Science in Agricultural Education from Tarleton State University, and recently graduated with a PhD from Texas A&M. Before he became… Read More →

Hundreds participate in Farm & Ranch Tour

Henderson County Farm & Ranch Tour speaker Jim Mazurkiewicz said rural places like Henderson County continue to fill the agriculture needs of the nation, but the percentage of agriculturalists in the U.S. continues to shrink. Jim Mazurkiewicz, Ph.D., is the leadership program director for Texas AgriLife Extension. His career includes 20 years as an extension agent before moving to College Station, where he headed up Texas Agricultural Lifetime Leadership Program. “Today 99 percent are in the city,” Mazurkiewicz said. “Less than one percent of the people are actually… Read More →

TALL Welcomes New Cohort

By: Meagan Brown The Texas Agricultural Lifetime Leadership recently finished its 13th cohort and welcomed the 14th class in June 2014. Housed in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications, TALL is a competitive leadership development program for those who are involved in Texas agriculture industry. The program involves a two-year curriculum in which the class members will develop their leadership skills and expand their knowledge of the current issues in agriculture. According to the TALL website, each student will receive 455 hours of intensive training which… Read More →

TALL Ventures to East Texas

By Caitlin Powers The 26 members of Class XIII of the Texas Agricultural Lifetime Leadership program ventured to East Texas January 20-24, 2014 for their last educational session in the United States. The TALL program is a practical and action-oriented two-year program where participants meet eight times for sessions or seminars. As an initiative of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, the program enhances the leadership of men and women from every sector of agriculture and all over Texas. According to Class XIII member, Mary Jane Buerkle the… Read More →

TALL Program Experiences California Agriculture

By: Caitlin Powers Class XIII of the Texas Agricultural Lifetime Leadership program experienced California agriculture during their trip on October 14-18, 2013. The TALL program, an initiative of the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service, enhances the leadership skills of men and women from every sector of agriculture and all over Texas. The two-year program is practical and action-oriented in which participants meet eight times for sessions or seminars. The trip to California would be the sixth session for class XIII. “I feel like we saw and heard a… Read More →

TALL Program travels to New York and Washington D.C.

By: Caitlin Powers Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s Texas Agricultural Lifetime Leadership program traveled to Washington D.C., Maryland and New York with its 26 participants to gain a broader perspective of agricultural issues April 20-27, 2013. “This seminar provides an insight on how agricultural issues are viewed from the national level and on the East Coast,” Jim Mazurkiewicz, Ph.D., leadership program director and professor said. The TALL program enhances the leadership skills of men and women in agriculture. Each class consists of at least 24 people from every… Read More →

Mazurkiewicz Visits Poland, Sparks Cross-Cultural Collaboration

By: Mollie Lastovica Jim Mazurkiewicz, Ph.D., Leadership Program Director for the Texas Agricultural Lifetime Leadership program, has been fostering relationships with dignitaries in Poland for more than a decade. On Sept. 24. Mazurkiewicz was recognized for his contributions when he was awarded the Polish Medal of Honor from the Kujawsko-Pomorskie region. His most recent collaboration, a business and academic trip to the country in September, has opened doors to many future collaborative projects between the European country and Texas A&M University. “My professional relationship with Poland developed through… Read More →

We are leadership

  Leadership is a core element in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications. The programs and activities listed below are only a few examples of how we strive to foster leadership among the college, university, state, country and world. Leadership programs TALL and SALE-LE Programs The TALL /SALE-LE programs provide leadership opportunities and aim to enrich leadership skills. The TALL program hopes to help ensure effective understanding and encourage positive action on key issues, theories, policy and economics that will advance the agriculture industry. The SALE-LE… Read More →

Mock Press Conference Trains TALL Members and ALEC Students for Real-World Scenarios

By: Mollie Lastovica With cameras flashing in their faces and reporters directing questions toward them at rapid speed, members of the Texas Agricultural Lifetime Leadership XIII experienced the real-life scenario of a press conference during their media training workshop on July 11. The reporters? Students enrolled in the summer media writing I course, AGCJ 203. Senior Lecturer, Deborah Dunsford, PhD., was contacted by Extension Assistant for the TALL and SALE-LE Program, Lauren Bergin, to coordinate the mock conference after Bergin participated in a similar workshop run by ALEC… Read More →

ALEC family adds three members

By: Taylor Demski The Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, & Communications and the Texas AgriLife Extension Organizational Development Unit welcomed the V.G. Young Institute of County Government, Texas Agricultural Lifetime Leadership and San Antonio Livestock Exposition-Leadership Extension into the department on April 1, 2012. The V.G. Young Institute was created in 1969 to provide county officials with educational programs. Today, the institute offers continuing education schools for county judges and commissioners, county treasurers, county and district clerks, and county tax assessor-collectors. Through Texas AgriLife Extension the V.G. Young… Read More →