The following status is current as of  January 27, 2021.

All events will require an agency Program Preparedness Plan Checklist which must be submitted to our District Office 14 days prior to an event. All individuals attending an event at the Ellis County AgriLife Extension Service office will be required to complete the COVID-19 Screening Form.

Ellis County Extension Agents

Mark Arnold, Agriculture & Natural Resources

Page Bishop, 4-H & Youth Development

Liz Espie, Family & Community Health

Jade Edgar, Better Living for Texans

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Please Share Your Feedback. We’re Listening.

TexasSpeaks is an online survey conducted by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service with the purpose of listening to Texas citizens as they identify the strengths and needs of their communities.

The goal of TexasSpeaks is to engage as many Texas citizens as possible to create the most accurate and helpful data to support Texas communities at both the state and local levels.  Please take the time (no more than 10 minutes!) to complete this anonymous survey which will help Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service identify issues to our program development and offers an open feedback section for you to provide additional observations/insights/suggestions/concerns. You will also have the opportunity to receive more information from the Ellis County Extension office.

CLICK HERE to start the survey!


Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller is urging Texans to take extreme precaution when receiving unsolicited seed packets from China. These packets have been mailed to multiple states, including Texas, falsely labeled as jewelry. Residents are advised not to plant the seeds as

they could contain harmful invasive species or be otherwise unsafe.

“I am urging folks to take this matter seriously,” Commissioner Miller said. “An invasive plant species might not sound threatening, but these small invaders could destroy Texas agriculture. TDA has been working closely with USDA to analyze these unknown seeds so we can protect Texas residents.”

If you receive a foreign package containing seeds do not open it or plant the contents. Keep contents contained in their original sealed package.

An invasive species is an organism that is not native to a particular region. The introduction of this “alien species” can cause economic or environmental harm. In agriculture, an invasive species can destroy native crops, introduce disease to native plants and may be dangerous for livestock.

Please report unsolicited seed packages to SITC.Mail@aphis.usda.gov

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Don’t forget, following basic personal hygiene etiquette can help prevent contracting (and spreading) many viruses.

Check out these resources to learn more:

Coronavirus Information Resources

Texas Extension Disaster Education Network

Texas Department of State Health Services

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Can ticks or mosquitoes transmit the coronavirus?

Adapted from the Tennessee Department of Health: CLICK HERE for information on a non-test-based strategy for releasing cases and contacts from home isolation and quarantine.

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