When asked what distinguishes the FRTEP Fort Hall Extension Program, the agent’s response was that it is a well-rounded program that addresses several priority areas as idenfied by producers, community members and tribal leaders. What contributes heavily to its success are the many demonstration projects initiated by the agent which demand a lot of field work – working with livestock, range fires, noxious weeds and poisonous plants. The tribe benefits greatly when the program operates out in the field, working with groups or one on one.
Extension is viewed as a valuable resource for tribal farms and ranches to help them become more sustainable and profitable. Related to this is the desire of the tribe to involve more youth in livestock production and to develop programs that will engage youth in agricultural-based venues.
FRTEP Fort Hall Extension will continue to provide leadership in response to community needs – to improve agriculture with education, science and technology; to improve the lives of youth, community members and producers through food preservation and nutrition skills –all of which enhance community growth and vitality.