Eichler ‘00 receives federal grant to support agricultural education efforts in Texas

Matthew Eichler, Ph.D. '00 and his colleagues at Texas State University have recently received nearly $400,000 in federal grants to support agricultural education efforts in Texas. Eichler is an associate professor and coordinator of graduate programs in Occupational, Workforce, and Leadership Studies at Texas State University, and received his Bachelors in Agricultural Education in 2000 from CFANS.

Along with colleague Ken Mix, Eichler is co-directing an initiative called Boots2Roots to support female and Hispanic US Military Veterans with career development and funding to be prepared to enter agricultural occupations. Through this initiative students receive stipends and funding for career development, internships, and research in agriculture. In another project, Eichler, along with colleagues Ken Mix and Nicole Wagner, directs the RURAL-V project, which aims to provide outreach and technical assistance to socially disadvantaged and US Military Veteran farmers in South Central Texas. This project engages innovative distance education and a communications hub in both English and Spanish as well as farm tours and a Small Producers Initiative Conference in August 2017.

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