GLEN ROSE — Growing up, agriculture was a huge part of Ellerie Jackson’s life.
From her time as an active member in the Travis County 4-H program to being a member of the Hendrickson High School FFA to her time spent on her family’s cattle ranch in Milam County, Jackson has been exposed to the benefits these programs and life experiences had to offer.
“My greatest takeaway from 4-H was how important family is,” she said. “From the countless hours spent in the barn, hours of waiting in lines at major shows, my family was always there, and it was something we did together.”
As the new Somervell County AgriLife Extension agent, Jackson is hoping to pass along some of the knowledge she has gained to the 4-H members in the county.
“4-H taught me many life skills that I not only used in contests growing up but now use in everyday life; public speaking, time management, organizational skills and how to care for things beyond myself,” she said.
Jackson, who is originally from Pflugerville, graduated from Tarleton State University with an undergraduate degree in animal science with a minor in business as well as a master’s degree in agricultural and consumer resources.
“I want to implement leadership opportunities for our 4-H members and create opportunities for our older 4-H members to go beyond the local club level,” she said. “I want them to go out and learn, have fun, experience projects and activities at the district, state and national level and bring that experience back to the club level.”
Jackson, 23, took over for former extension agent Zach Davis, who took a similar job in Denton County. Nov. 1 was her first official day at her new post.
“I can’t wait to begin working with the youth to expand the 4-H program,” she said. “I also look forward to providing community members useful programs that will expand their knowledge on a wide range of topics.”
In the Oct. 15 Glen Rose ISD board meeting, the board approved the resolution recognizing the Somervell County Texas 4-H Organization for extracurricular status and the adjunct faculty agreement naming Jackson as an adjunct faculty member of GRISD on behalf of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.
For information about 4-H, contact Jackson by phone at 254-897-2809 or by email at Ellerie.Jackson@ag.tamu.edu.