Land conservation easement workshop to be held Nov. 3 in Floresville

Program will focus on preserving family lands FLORESVILLE – The Texas Agricultural Land Trust, in cooperation with Green Spaces Alliance, San Antonio River Authority and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in Wilson County, will present a conservation easement workshop Nov. 3 in Floresville. The workshop, “Protect, Conserve, Pass Down: A Strategy for Saving […]

AgriLife sugarcane aphid field day Oct. 28 to address growing concerns

WESLACO  –  The sugarcane aphid continues to spread throughout the South and is now considered the most important pest of grain sorghum in the U.S., according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts. “The sugarcane aphid has now reached 11 states in the South and several states in Mexico,” said Dr. Raul Villanueva, an AgriLife […]

Second round of farm bill meetings coming to the Panhandle

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Steve Amosson, 806-677-5600, samosson@ag.tamu.edu AMARILLO – Farmers and landowners in the Panhandle will have an opportunity to learn more about the 2014 farm bill Nov. 3-Dec. 19 in a second round of informational meetings conducted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. These meetings will also include U.S. […]

AgriLife Extension sets South Plains farm bill decision-aid meetings

  Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Jackie Smith, 806-746-6101, j-smith34@tamu.edu   LUBBOCK – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service county agents will be conducting a series of farm bill decision-aid meetings across the South Plains during the next two months, said a keynote speaker for the meetings. Dr. Jackie Smith, AgriLife Extension economist at […]

Texas crop, weather for Oct. 21, 2014

El Niño development stalled out, but cool, wet winter still predicted Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Though this year’s El Niño is now predicted to be a weak one, it still spells more a chance of a wet, cool winter for most of Texas rather than a dry one, according to the […]

AgriLife Extension in Travis County seeking new Master Wellness volunteers

AUSTIN — The Master Wellness Volunteer program for Travis County is looking for volunteers to participate in its community health and wellness outreach efforts, said the local program coordinator, Leticia Neal. “The Master Wellness Volunteer program is an initiative of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service,” said Sonia Coyle, the agency’s family and consumer sciences […]

Food manager certification training to be held Oct. 29 in San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service for Bexar County will offer its next food manager certification training course Oct. 29 at the AgriLife Extension office in Suite 208 of the Conroy Square complex, 3355 Cherry Ridge Drive in San Antonio. The course will be from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., with a certification exam […]

South Texas cattle program could reflect growing herd numbers

EDINBURG  –  Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service personnel are hoping that with recent rains and improved pastures, South Texas cattle ranchers will start rebuilding herds sold off during the drought. Proof of renewed activity could come when ranchers start submitting their livestock in the annual Bull Gains Test, Heifer Development and Pen of Steers Program […]

Fishy vegetable production methods explained through aquaponics

COLLEGE STATION — If growing vegetables in a box with no soil and out of direct sunlight sounds a little fishy, well, it is. “Aquaponics” is a relatively new way of intensified farming that combines aquaculture and hydroponics, according to Dr. Joe Masabni of College Station, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service vegetable specialist. “We are […]

Social media training set for Oct. 28-29 in Houston

HOUSTON – The Texas Water Resources Institute’s Texas Watershed Planning Program will present a social media workshop for natural resources professionals Oct. 28-29 at the Houston-Galveston Area Council, 3555 Timmons Lane, Suite 120, in Houston. “Content, Conversations and Discoverability – Quality Social Media Outreach for Natural Resource Professionals” will be held from 1-4 p.m. Oct. […]