Upper Gulf Coast Ranch Expo to feature program on pasture leases, weed management

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu SIMONTON – The second annual Upper Gulf Coast Ranch Expo scheduled May 13 in Simonton will feature presentations on the basics of pasture leases, according to organizers. The event, to be held at Twinwood Cattle Co., 4430 Guyler Road, will feature several management topics pertaining to beef cattle production, including […]

Ag industry, producers hear latest about 2014 farm bill

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu AUSTIN – Texas cattle producers will need to have documentation in hand as sign-up for federal disaster assistance begins April 15. Judith Canales, Texas state executive director for the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Farm Service Agency, kicked off the recent 2014 Ag Forum in Austin, advising producers to schedule appointments with […]

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 […]

Online price basis tool for agricultural producers available from AgriLife Extension

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contacts: Dr. Mark Welch, 979-845-, jmwelch@ag.tamu.edu Emmy Williams, 979-847-6143, emmywilliams@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – It’s not as flashy as watching contract futures prices trade from red to green on the weekday exchange, but knowing the price basis for a commodity is an important aspect of marketing for agricultural producers, according to […]

Water quality training May 22 in Victoria to focus on Lavaca and Navidad rivers

VICTORIA – A Texas Watershed Steward workshop on water quality issues related to the Lavaca and Navidad rivers will be held from 1-5 p.m. May 22 at the Victoria Educational Gardens, 283 Bachelor Drive, Victoria. The training is free and open to anyone interested in improving water quality in the Coastal Bend region, said program […]

Graham receives Texas A&M AgriLife Distinguished Texan in Agriculture Award

Contact: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu SAN ANTONIO – Dr. Charles W. Graham has received the Distinguished Texan in Agriculture Award from Texas A&M AgriLife – the highest individual honor given to individuals demonstrating outstanding leadership and providing significant contributions to Texas agriculture. Graham received the award at the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Convention […]

Canola showcased at College Station field day

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Clark Neely, 979-845-3041, cneely@ag.tamu.edu   COLLEGE STATION – Canola field varieties were in full bloom amidst a backdrop of sunny skies and breezy conditions at the recent Texas A&M University field laboratory near College Station. “Our trials look beautiful right now,” said Dr. Clark Neely, Texas A&M AgriLife […]

Hale selected to receive Distinguished Achievement Award

Contact: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Dan Hale, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service meat specialist and professor in the department of animal science at Texas A&M University, has been selected to receive a 2014 Distinguished Achievement Award for Extension, Outreach, Continuing Education and Professional Development. The award is given by Texas A&M […]

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 […]

Balboa named marine agent for Matagorda County

MATAGORDA — Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s agent for coastal and marine resources in Matagorda County is Bill Balboa, according to Donnie Montemayor, AgriLife Extension district administrator in Corpus Christi. His appointment was effective March 17. Balboa, who has decades of experience in bay system ecology and coastal fisheries, is jointly serving the Texas Sea […]