Rod Santa Ana is a native of McAllen, Texas where he resides with his wife. He has been a communications specialist with the Texas A&M University System since 1988. Prior to joining Texas A&M, Rod worked in broadcast news throughout South Texas, including several years as a TV news director and anchor at the NBC affiliate in Laredo, KGNS-TV.

Conservation farming meeting set April 29 in Weslaco

WESLACO  –  Growers interested in best management practices that can help improve the soil health of their fields are encouraged to attend “Conservation Farming: Financial and Technical Assistance,” to be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 29 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Weslaco. The center is located at […]

Grain storage safety conference slated April 23 in Sinton

SINTON  –  The Coastal Bend Grain Storage and Handlers Safety Conference will be held from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. April 23 at the San Patricio County Fairgrounds Civic Center, according to Bobby McCool, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent for agriculture and natural resources in San Patricio County. The fairgrounds are located at 219 West […]

Selling to state and local governments topic of April 17 meet in Raymondville

RAYMONDVILLE —  Entrepreneurs looking to start or grow their own business by selling to local, state or federal governmental agencies are invited to a Meet the Buyer event from 9-11 a.m. April 17 at the Rural Technology Training Center in Raymondville, according to Ronnie Zamora, a Prairie View A&M University Cooperative Extension Program agent in […]

Complexities of new farm bill topic of April 8 meet in South Texas

WESLACO  –  A statewide effort by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service to get agricultural producers up to speed on the new farm bill is coming to the Lower Rio Grande Valley, according to agency experts. A meeting will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon April 8 at the Sam Sparks Auditorium at Rio […]

Riparian and stream ecosystem workshop set for April 24 in Weslaco

WESLACO — The Texas Water Resources Institute’s Texas Riparian and Stream Ecosystem Education Program will host a workshop from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 24 in Weslaco for area residents interested in land and water stewardship in the Arroyo Colorado watershed. The free workshop is being hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service […]

First area Backyard Basics program to focus on composting for Coastal Bend gardeners

ROCKPORT – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will begin offering Backyard Basics classes, the first of which will begin at 10 a.m. April 5 to help Coastal Bend gardeners challenged by the area’s harsh growing conditions. The class will be held at the Fulton Community Garden, 4841 U.S. Highway 35 North in Rockport. The […]

Annual plant sale slated April 5 in Cameron County

SAN BENITO – Just in time for spring planting, the Cameron County Master Gardeners, in association with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, will hold their Annual Plant Sale from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.April 5. The sales will be held at the Cameron County San Benito Annex Building’s arboretum at 1390 W. Expressway 83 in San […]

Texas A&M System honors Rio Grande Valley-area legislators

WESLACO  –  John Sharp, chancellor of the Texas A&M University System, honored Rio Grande Valley-area members of the Texas Senate and House of Representatives for their “commitment and outstanding work” during the 83rd legislative session during a reception March 18 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Weslaco. “We all share the […]

Strawberry Field Day slated March 28 in Weslaco

WESLACO – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will hold a Strawberry Field Day from 1:30-3 p.m. March 28 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Weslaco. The center is located at 2415 E. U.S. Highway 83 in Weslaco. “I’m convinced that Texas can play a far greater role in providing strawberries […]

South Texas strawberry trials yielding plump, tasty fruit

WESLACO  –  It’s not easy to find strawberries growing among the lush, subtropical landscape of South Texas citrus, sugarcane and palm trees. But that could change, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service fruit and vegetable specialist. For several months, Dr. Juan Anciso has been on a sharp learning curve as he tries his […]