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Brandon Boughen: Extension is here for you

Howdy! My name is Brandon Boughen and I am your new Denton County agriculture and natural resources Texas AgriLife Extension agent. I would like to introduce myself and give you a preview of things to come for Denton County.

I started my career in extension three years ago in Potter County as the agriculture and natural resources agent and dealt primarily with range management, beef production and urban horticulture.

The first time my wife and I came to Denton we remarked at how familiar it was to us, with both of us being from central Oklahoma among the prairies and blackjack forests. We recognized that Denton County had a great deal to offer and decided to make it our home.

I would like to give special thanks to my assistant, committee members and co-workers for keeping the educational events on track while the agent position was vacant. It made it a lot easier to get things moving once I was here.

I would like to quickly cover what extension is for all who do not know. Texas’ extension service exists because of the passing of the Morrill Act of 1862, which brought forth the land grant university system that specializes in agricultural, mechanical and military teachings. Extension agents, otherwise known as extension educators, disseminate research-based information to the general public through educational events, demonstration and face-to-face contact.

A large portion of my time is spent helping landowners address their specific issues through site visits, and the best part is that the majority of everything we provide is at no or very little cost to the consumer.

Another thing I’m really proud of is that extension is driven by the needs of the local population. I call on people from the communities within the county to drive my educational programs. These people serve as committee and board members and are what sets extension apart from other organizations.

We are gearing up for a busy fall with a small grains workshop scheduled for Sept. 13, the Denton County Hay Show on Sept. 19, the county Equine Industry tour in October and the producer pesticide applicator recertification program in December. As always, we try to provide Texas Department of Agriculture pesticide applicator continuing education units when applicable, so watch closely for those.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions you may have about your land or livestock. I am here to provide you with the research-based information you need to make informed decisions. I look forward to working with you to develop strong agricultural programs that increase the public’s general knowledge and interest in the agriculture, food, fiber and green industries.

BRANDON BOUGHEN is the agriculture and natural resources county extension agent with Texas AgriLife Extension. He can be reached at 940-349-2894 or