February 5, 2016
According to Dr. Ed Hellman, professor of viticulture at Texas Tech University, who also holds a dual appointment with Texas AgriLife Extension Service in Lubbock, this is the second time the state has funded viticulture extension agents. Similar legislation passed in 2007 that provided $2 million through the Department of Agriculture; then the Texas economy went into a slump, and the funding was not renewed.
"Things got better in the past few years," Hellman told Wines & Vines. "The wine industry went back to the legislature last year, and the funds for the four extension positions are being appropriated directly to the universities."
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