As a four-county Texas Master Gardener Chapter, BMGA is lucky to benefit from not one, but four Texas A&M AgriLife Agricultural Extension Agent advisers, one from each BMGA county. That means BMGA can tap into the knowledge, training, experience, passion of all four professionals.
Scott Willey is the County Agricultural Extension Agent for Fayette County, Texas and one of BMGA’s County Agent Advisors. Scott was born and raised in La Vernia, Texas (Wilson County) on a small family farm. La Vernia is just east of San Antonio, Texas. The Willey farm consisted of three enterprises: a small herd of registered cattle, a 1500-tree commercial pecan grove, and 500 peach trees for a “pick your own” operation. During the summers when in elementary school, Scott and his brother would help their grandma pick and sell peaches.
Since 1992, the Willey family has been very active showing cattle, heifers and steers, all over the state. During the same time, they have been active members of the Texas Junior Simmental/Simbrah Association (TJSSA) where Scott currently serves as a youth advisor. TJSSA is a youth organization designed to teach young cattle breeders about the beef cattle industry through educational contests. Because of this organization the Willey family had an opportunity to show cattle all over the nation.
Upon graduating from high school in 2002, he attended Palo Alto Community College in San Antonio for two years. Scott than transferred to Texas A&M University-Kingsville, where he was a member of the livestock judging team and Alpha Tau Alpha. He graduated Cum Laude with a B.S. degree in Agribusiness and minors in Animal Science and Business Administration in 2007. After graduation he accepted a position with Circle M Farms in Milford, Utah; a 60,000 head farrow to finish sow farm.
In April 2008 Scott started with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service where he Frist Stepped for a month with Philip Shackelford at the Austin County Extension Office. On May 12, 2008 Scott officially became the Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent in Fayette County. In 2012 he finished his M.S. degree in Agriculture Science from Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Scott appreciates working with both adults and youth of Fayette County and helping them solve problems and improve management practices that impact their lives. In 4-H, Scott enjoys the opportunity to work with the youth livestock component, because of his background in 4-H/FFA. His primary focus is the heifer and steer, broilers, commercial heifers, swine. Scott is also the livestock judging coach in Fayette County, and helps several judging teams with oral reasons.
From an adult programing effort, the diversity is what makes his job both interesting and challenging. A few of the primary issues are new landowner education, beef cattle production, and home horticulture. Because of Scott’s early years and some opportunities, he has enjoyed his work establishing (with the help of several people) the fruit tree demonstration at Winedale.
Scott also serves on the board for the Fayette County Fair and enjoys hunting and fishing when time allows.
Within BMGA, Scott is known as a valuable resource for questions about fruit trees and pecans as well as for his organization management experience. Scott recently commented that due to his experience growing and especially eating fresh peaches, he can tell if a dish was made with canned verses fresh peaches just by taste. I for one, believe him!