Do you ever get that special feeling when you know you get to travel through your home town? Do you wonder what has changed, what is the same, and how your old friends are? Do you play through all the old memories in your mind and wonder where and how time has flown by that fast? Does it make you realize that maybe you should slow down and take some time to enjoy the little things in life?
All those thoughts and many more ran through my mind as I got in the truck to head to Alvin. I knew we were going through my home town of Wharton and I knew it was going to be yet another amazing event. As we hit all the backroads through all the little towns, the memories came rushing back and flooded my mind. Back to a time when these roads were my daily drive. Back to a time when things were very different. I sifted through the choices I had made, the paths that I took and all the hard work and difficult decisions I made to get me to where I am today. It reminded me yet again why I am so thankful for this opportunity that God has given me. I smiled when I realized that it is always in my best interest to go out and work hard. You never know who is watching and to smile! It’s amazing how much a simple smile can impact someone so much.
Alvin, Texas is where we were headed to do a Beef Quality Assurance program or also known as a BQA. This is a program made for the Cow-Calf and Stocker Operations. This program is put on by Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, Texas Beef Council, and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. The BQA program is a volunteer program that helps explain the best management practices for assuring food safety. There are specific guidelines in the program that help avoid residues and foreign objects, helps avoid damage to the carcass, and helps promote humane management and handling processes. The program normally begins in the morning and is split into four main parts. The four main parts include; food safety, cattle and beef quality, environmental stewardship, animal handling and well-being.
At this particular BQA, the amazing Dr. Joe Paschal of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service spoke to the producers. In addition to Dr. Paschal, Jessica Chase, the Brazoria county agent, and Phoenix Rogers, the Galveston County agent, also presented parts of the program. It was an awesome experience to be able to watch this program and for the local agents to be able to interact with their local producers as well. It is very interesting to see how the information I am learning in my classes at Texas A&M contain the same exact information being taught to producers as well! We were able to pull out the grill and cook steaks for the producers before the rains came pouring down. I was also able to work on my grilling skills and by the time this internship is over, I should have mastered how to cook the perfect steak! Thank you Jerry McPherson , the Grill Master of The Texas Beef Council!
The Texas Beef Council put on another amazing event with this program. It is great to see all the producers that come out and are eager to learn how to improve their cattle herd. If you are interested in this event and would like some more information please reach out to Jason Bagley at the Texas Beef Council or visit the website at
Or you can also check out the Texas Beef Quality Assurance website as well at
Or you can always reach out to your local Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Agents.
Until next time….
Philippians 4: 13 – “I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.”