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.

Smartphone app for livestock producers now available

CORPUS CHRISTI  –  Livestock producers pondering stocking rates now have an app to help them determine that ratio, according to experts. GrazingCalc is a new mobile smartphone application developed by personnel at Texas A&M University’s department of wildlife and fisheries sciences, ecosystem science and management units of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. “One of […]

Multi-County Fruit Tree Seminar scheduled Feb. 21 in Winedale

WINEDALE – A Multi-County Fruit Tree Seminar, conducted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, is scheduled from 1-5 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Winedale Historical Complex, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History in Winedale. The facility is located at 3728 Farm-to-Market Road 2714, four miles from Round Top. “For anybody who has wanted to […]

Residents can help save Texas’ citrus industry

WESLACO —  Citrus does more than create jobs and pump money into the economy of the Lower Rio Grande Valley. It’s a way of life, a cultural staple dating back 100 years, part of the landscape and fabric of what makes extreme South Texas what it is, according to a plant disease expert. He’s now […]

Water issues to dominate 68th horticulture society meet Feb. 21 in Weslaco

WESLACO  –  The 68th annual meeting of the Subtropical Agriculture and Environments Society, formerly the Subtropical Plant Science Society, will be held Feb. 21 at South Texas College, Mid Valley Campus, 400 N. Border Ave. in Weslaco. Registration begins at 7:45 a.m.; the program begins at 8:30 a.m. The fee is $35 payable at registration. […]

Arroyo Colorado Watershed Partnership to hold meetings Feb. 20

WESLACO  –  The Arroyo Colorado Watershed Partnership will be holding three workgroup meetings on Feb. 20 to discuss the update to the current Arroyo Colorado Watershed Protection Plan, according to Ashley Gregory, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service assistant for the Texas Water Resources Institute. “The meetings are open to the public and we invite stakeholders […]

Master Gardener classes to begin in Hidalgo, Cameron counties

EDINBURG — Applications are being accepted for Master Gardener volunteer classes in Hidalgo and Cameron counties, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service personnel. In Hidalgo County, the classes will be offered for the first time on a half-day basis to accommodate those able to take off a half a day of work during the […]

Mysterious pest threatens Texas’ billion dollar grain sorghum crop

WESLACO  –  A tiny insect of unknown origin is posing a serious threat to the billion dollar Texas grain sorghum crop, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts. The threat comes at a time when a lingering drought and market pressures suggest growers will plant a larger than normal crop this year. “For now, […]

Arbor Day Celebration slated Jan. 25 in McAllen

McALLEN  –  Some 1,200 athletes are expected to compete Jan. 25 in McAllen’s third annual Arbor Day activities, according to a Texas A&M Forest Service official. Arbor Day Celebration will be held from 7 a.m. to noon at McAllen Municipal Park, 1921 N. Bicentennial Blvd., according to Salvador Alemany, a Forest Service regional urban forester […]

Child care workshop slated in La Grange

LA GRANGE  –  A workshop for child care providers will be held Feb. 15 at the Randolph  Recreation Center, 653 E. Pearl St., in La Grange, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service personnel. The seven hour multi-county training session is sponsored by the AgriLife Extension offices in Austin, Colorado, Fayette and Washington counties. A […]

‘Gardening in South Texas’ slated in February

SAN JUAN  – Those new to the Lower Rio Grande Valley or new to gardening in the area have an opportunity to learn the basics of  “Gardening in South Texas” on two consecutive Saturdays in February, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service personnel. The AgriLife Extension classes, presented in conjunction with the Deep South […]