AgriLife Extension names four new agents to West Central District

Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contact: Marty Gibbs, 325-653-4576, mj-gibbs@tamu.edu            SAN ANGELO – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has named four new county agents to posts in its West Central District.            Marty Gibbs, AgriLife Extension administrator for the 23-county district headquartered in San Angelo, said the four and their respective posts are: Laci Kennedy, […]

Texas crop, weather for Sept. 1, 2015

AgriLife expert: Conditions ripe for armyworm population explosion Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Dry weather followed by rain in the late summer and early fall means farmers should be on the lookout for fall armyworms, said Dr. Allen Knutson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service entomologist, Dallas. “Given their immense appetite, great numbers […]

Basics of Aquaponics workshop slated Sept. 24 in Corpus Christi

CORPUS CHRISTI  —  Whether for hobby or profit, anybody interested in starting their first aquaponics project can attend an introductory workshop, the Basics of Aquaponics, from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 24 in Corpus Christi. The workshop, presented by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Nueces and San Patricio counties, will be held at the […]

Hicks hired as new AgriLife Extension 4-H agent in Potter County

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Tina Hicks, 806-373-3829, TNHicks@ag.tamu.edu AMARILLO – Tina Hicks has been hired as the new Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service 4-H youth development agent for Potter County. While it’s a new position for Hicks, she has been an office manager and program assistant in the Potter County office for the […]

Livestock outlook, horticulture marketing highlight A&M ag economics tailgate Sept. 12

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259,  b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Parr Rosson, 979-845-2116, prosson@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Emerging Issues in Livestock and Horticulture Marketing will be the featured seminar presentation scheduled from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Sept. 12 as part of the Texas A&M University department of agricultural economics tailgate activities at the AgriLife Center in College Station. The AgriLife […]

Producers delaying wheat planting due to grasshoppers

AMARILLO – High Plains wheat producers who are normally ready to put seed in the ground might want to hold off this year, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialists in Amarillo. With the extremely heavy pressure from grasshoppers, as well as other insects and diseases due to the wet year, waiting until the […]

Expert: Managing pastures doesn’t only mean growing grass

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Tim Steffens, 806-651-2781, tsteffens@wtamu.edu AMARILLO – What a pasture should look like – whether a waving sea of grass or one with diverse vegetation – depends on the cattleman’s final goal and actions taken before rain falls, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service range specialist. “With the rains […]

Experts: Shrimp imports depress market prices and pose health risks

PORT ISABEL —  Wholesale shrimp prices are falling due to cheaper foreign imports that marine experts say could be harmful to human health. “Shrimpers are getting roughly half of what they were last year for their catch, which is creating both an economic problem and a health issue,” said Tony Reisinger, a Texas A&M AgriLife […]

Corn and Sorghum Field Day set Sept. 3 in Swisher County

Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu    Contact: John Villalba, 806-995-3726, john.villalba@ag.tamu.edu    KRESS – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Swisher County Ag Committee will conduct a Corn and Sorghum Field Day beginning at 9 a.m. Sept. 3 near Kress. John Villalba, AgriLife Extension agent in Swisher County, said participants should meet at the Swisher […]

Chris Holcombe to receive posthumous induction into National 4-H Hall of Fame

COLLEGE STATION – Margaret Christine “Chris” Holcombe will be posthumously inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame this October during a ceremony at the National 4-H Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland. “We are pleased and excited to announce Chris will be inducted into the 4-H Hall of Fame this fall,” said Dr. Chris Boleman, […]