International conference highlighted strength of Texas spinach industry

SAN ANTONIO – Texas’ billion-dollar spinach industry was the focus of the 2016 International Spinach Conference, which brought more than 80 people from various countries to San Antonio. The two-day conference, coordinated by the Texas A&M AgriLife  Extension Service, was attended by spinach growers and shippers, as well as others involved in the agricultural and […]

Winter months a good time to prepare for spring gardening

OVERTON — December is the time to plan and prepare for spring gardens, said Dr. Joe Masabni, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service small-acreage vegetable specialist, Overton. East Texas spring gardens are finished producing and the fall garden should be in full swing, he said. So in down months like December, it’s best to get organized […]

Verchot named resident director for Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center-Dallas

DALLAS – Dr. Jeanmarie Verchot has been named resident director for the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center-Dallas effective Dec. 1, according to Dr. Craig Nessler, Texas A&M AgriLife Research director in College Station.            Verchot was professor of entomology and plant pathology at Oklahoma State University.            “Dr. Verchot’s experience as a researcher as well […]

BIG Conference cotton session to feature new production trends

WACO – New trends in cotton production, plus a policy update from the National Cotton Council, will be part of the Blackland Income Growth Conference cotton session Dec. 13. The conference will be held at the Extraco Events Center, 4601 Bosque Blvd. in Waco, and is sponsored by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and […]

Riparian, stream ecosystem workshop set for Dec. 7 in Kenedy

KENEDY–The Texas Water Resources Institute’s Texas Riparian and Stream Ecosystem Education Program will host a free workshop from 8:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Dec. 7 in Kenedy for area residents interested in land and water stewardship in the lower San Antonio River watershed. The morning session will be at the Kenedy City Auditorium, 303 W. Main St. […]

Texas Crop and Weather Report – Nov. 29

UVALDE – Pecan producers expected better yields and quality, but 2016 is shaping up to be a hit-or-miss year, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Dr. Larry Stein, AgriLife Extension horticulturist, Uvalde, said many locations around the central and southeastern parts of the state were disappointed by the quality and quantity of their […]

Flooded Harris County office of AgriLife Extension to reopen

HOUSTON – Flood waters flowed through the Houston area April 19, causing at least seven deaths and more than $5 billion in damages. The widespread toll included a state agency  that also serves as a help provider in such emergencies – the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in Harris County.           “AgriLife Extension services are […]

Christmas craft sale and workshop set Dec. 3 in Edinburg

EDINBURG — Holiday shoppers on a budget should include a stop at the second annual Master Clothing Volunteers Arts and Crafts Sale and Workshop from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 3 in Edinburg, organizers said. “This is an excellent opportunity to buy handmade Christmas decorations at very reasonable prices or learn how to make your own and […]

Texas Water Resources Institute meeting Dec. 15 will address Lavaca River water quality

EDNA – The Texas Water Resources Institute is hosting a meeting Dec. 15 for anyone interested in improving and protecting the Lavaca River watershed. The free meeting is set for 1:30 p.m. at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in Jackson County, 411 N. Wells St. in Edna. Clare Entwistle, an institute research associate […]