Strategic Thinking/Action Planning: Addressing the Grand Challenges Douglas A. Steele Director, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service June 19, 2013 In other words… Locally Identified Issues; Guide development of program plans; Addressed by Extension Agents and Specialists; With Research Based Information; Which feed into the Extension State Strategic Plan; Resulting impacts and outputs reported by Agents and Specialists; Compiled into Impact and Outcome Documents. Feeding Our World Research based technology applications and practices for crop and forage/animal poultry profitability and sustainability. Small-scale agricultural producers effectively identify and evaluate strategies for risk mitigation and sustainability based on management goals. Protecting our Environment Best practices to protect water quality and enhance conservation. Research-based technologies to enhance wildlife conservation and management, fostering environmental stewardship. Growing our Economy Texas communities gain knowledge supporting design and implementation of successful development strategies. Texas youth and adults will be prepared to participate fully in the 21st century workforce Improving Our Health Helping People in Texas Eat Better and Safer Improve the Health and Wellness of Texans through diet, exercise and nutritional choices. Imperative 2: Improve Youth Life Skills in Healthy Living and Wellness Enriching Our Youth Improve Life Skills in Leadership, Personal Development, and Citizenship Increase Agriculture Literacy for Texas Youth Improve life skills in science, engineering, and technology (SET) Areas of Opportunity for MultiDepartment/Multi-Agency Efforts: 2014 and Beyond Water Conservation and Quality – Urban and Rural programming to enhance water conservation and quality. Health and Wellness – Youth and Adult programs that enhance health and quality of life. Areas of Opportunity for MultiDepartment/Multi-Agency Efforts: 2014 and Beyond Leadership Development – Enhanced efforts in Rural Leadership and Development, and Refocused Youth Leadership efforts. Urban/Suburban Interface – Enhanced outreach to new landowners with multi-faceted educational approach to conserve natural resources. Develop Strategic Thinking Provide rewards and incentives for creating teams and working interdisciplinary. Provide targeted funding for strategic priorities. Increase competitive opportunities. Articulate and communicate our Return On Investment and seek partnerships that support mission areas.