The following status is current through January 21, 2021:

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


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

For more information, CLICK HERE


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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