‘Kika’ de la Garza, John Fucik honored at Thanksgiving bash

HARGILL – His pace may have slowed, but the wit that enthralled generations of South Texans for decades was clearly evident when retired U.S. Congressman E. “Kika” de la Garza was asked how old he was. “Eighty-too-many,” he quipped with a smile, drawing laughter from the small group of admirers surrounding him. The event was a […]

Experts: Think outside the box when selecting replacement cattle

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu BRENHAM – With cattle prices at record highs, ranchers looking to build back beef cattle herds need to take careful consideration of the composition of replacement heifers to yield top-quality calves, according to experts. About 200 cattle producers attended the recent 43rd South Central Texas Cow-Calf Clinic in Brenham, hearing […]

Expert: Amid historic-high cattle prices, producers can capture extra dollars

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Levi Russell, 361-265-9203, lrussell@tamu.edu BRENHAM – Though cattle prices have reached historic highs, there could be potential to make extra dollars and possibly add more young cows to a herd at current prices, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist. Dr. Levi Russell, AgriLife Extension economist […]

Popular AgriLife Extension horticulturist Barbara Storz retires

EDINBURG  –  When retired high school teacher Ricardo Carranza decided to hone his gardening skills, he sought out Barbara Storz, a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horticulturist in Hidalgo County. “I’d heard of Barbara and thought this would be the opportunity to learn from the best,” Carranza said. “Turns out, it paid off royally!” Carranza […]

Five inducted into Tyrus R. Timm Honor Registry

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Ed Rister, 979-845-4911, e-rister@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Five business professionals were recently inducted into the Tyrus R. Timm Honor Registry in the department of agricultural economics at Texas A&M University during a dinner and reception in Bryan. The inductees are Cody Catalena (‘97), Lynn Elliott (‘73), Larry Kokel […]

2014 farm bill, online decision aid training event Nov. 10 in Salt Lake City

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – A one-day 2014 farm bill overview and producer decision aid demonstration and training is scheduled Nov. 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center, 255 South West Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah. There is no cost to attend the […]

Corn prices expected to edge up, could pressure fed cattle bids in 2015

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Mark Welch, 979-845-8011,JMWelch@tamu.edu BRYAN  - Recent lower prices in corn could translate into fewer planted acres in 2015, potentially putting pressure on bids for beef cattle next year, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist. However, Dr. Mark Welch, AgriLife Extension grains marketing economist in College […]

Aquaponics field day set for Nov. 7 in Weslaco

WESLACO – It’s a tidy little system that you can set up in your backyard, a commercial warehouse or on your desktop — on a real desk, not a computer — that produces both edible fish and vegetables, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research expert in Weslaco. It’s called aquaponics, said Andrew “Andy” McArdle, a […]

Canola production part of presentation lineup at Texas Plant Protection Conference

Conference theme is future use of water and its impact on agriculture Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu BRYAN – Canola cropping practices will be featured at the Texas Plant Protection Association Conference scheduled Dec. 10-11 at the Brazos Center, 3232 Briarcrest Drive in Bryan. Dr. Clark Neely, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service small grains and […]

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 […]