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 […]

Texas A&M AgriLife Research-led zebra chip disease control effort honored by USDA

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Charlie Rush, 806-354-5804, crush@ag.tamu.edu WASHINGTON – A multi-state effort led by Texas A&M AgriLife Research to control the potato psyllid and reduce losses from zebra chip disease of potato will be recognized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture-National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The federal program being honored […]

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 […]

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 […]

Carpenter inducted into Meat Industry Hall of Fame

Contact: Maggie Tucker, 979-845-1542, maggie.tucker@ag.tamu.edu   COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Zerle Carpenter, Texas A&M University professor emeritus of animal science and director emeritus of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, was recently inducted into the Meat Industry Hall of Fame. Carpenter was among six inductees selected from more than 75 nominations encompassing all areas of red […]

Texas Section Society for Range Management completes 65th annual meeting at Alpine/Marfa

    Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. John Walker, 325-653-4576, jwalker@ag.tamu.edu   MARFA – The Texas Section Society for Range Management wrapped up their 65th state convention recently with one of the largest turnouts for this event in several years, organizers said. “We had a great annual meeting in Marfa and Alpine with […]