Save the Arroyo Fiesta set for Oct. 9

WESLACO  –  The second annual Save the Arroyo Fiesta and fundraiser will be held from 6-9 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Dargel Boats Showroom, 4110 N. Farm-to-Market Road493 in Donna. Hosted by the Arroyo Colorado Watershed Partnership, the event was created to raise awareness of the Arroyo Colorado, its watershed and the plans in place […]

Rural Entrepreneurship chair established at Texas A&M ag economics

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Parr Rosson, 979-845-2116, prosson@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Ed Rister has been named the inaugural holder of the M. Edward Rister ’74 Chair in Rural Entrepreneurship, according to Dr. Parr Rosson, head of the agricultural economics department at Texas A&M University. Rister is professor and associate head of […]

U.S. Congressmen visit Texas A&M AgriLife’s front line of defense against invasive pests, diseases

Congressmen learn of research to save the nation’s citrus industry WESLACO  –  Two U.S. Congressmen learned firsthand recently the efforts Texas A&M AgriLife scientists are making in South Texas to keep invasive pests and diseases from threatening the country’s food supply, including one pair that threatens the future of the citrus industry. U.S. Rep. Filemon […]

Expert: Eagle Ford Shale boom will continue to fuel Texas rural communities

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259,  b-fannin@tamu.edu Contacts: Dr. Rebekka Dudensing, 979-845-1719, rmdudensing@tamu.edu Dr. Joe Outlaw, 979-3845-3062, joutlaw@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Oil and gas drilling in the Eagle Ford Shale will continue to propel growth in rural Texas, but helping small businesses experience that same growth with a shortage of skilled labor will be a challenge, according […]

Rebuilding the Beef Herd program set Sept. 25 at Camp Cooley Ranch

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Ed Schneider, 979-828-1112, robertson-tx@tamu.edu FRANKLIN – Brazos Valley cattle producers considering rebuilding cowherds will have a unique opportunity to hear a comprehensive economic analysis as well tips on developing a sound restocking plan Sept. 25 at Camp Cooley Ranch, according to organizers. The ranch is located at 4297 Camp […]

Drought loans available to South Texas agricultural producers

EDINBURG – Agricultural producers who suffered drought losses in 2013 are urged to apply for disaster emergency loans as soon as possible, said a Prairie View A&M University-Extension agent and farm adviser for Hidalgo County. “Producers who have lost at least 30 percent of their production or suffered production losses caused by drought between April […]

Memorial service scheduled for Texas A&M animal science professor killed in car accident

Contact: Courtney Coufal, 979-845-1542, cacoufal@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Marcel Amstalden, associate professor of physiology of reproduction in the department of animal science at Texas A&M University, died Sept. 3 from injuries sustained in a car accident. Amstalden, 44, was traveling near Hallettsville when the accident occurred. Visitation will be held Wednesday, Sept. 10 from […]

Farm bill, rural community opportunities highlight ag economics A&M-Rice tailgate festivities Sept. 13

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu  COLLEGE STATION – An overview of the new farm bill, plus a presentation on economic opportunities for rural communities will highlight Texas A&M University department of agricultural economics football tailgate activities Sept. 13. The program and tailgate event will be held at the Texas A&M AgriLife Center, 556 John Kimbrough […]

Tropical Storm Dolly nips the end of South Texas cotton harvest

Tropical rains mostly beneficial EDINBURG – Wrap-around rain bands from Tropical Storm Dolly dumped heavy rains on South Texas recently, which were mostly beneficial but interrupted the close of the area’s cotton harvest, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Brad Cowan, an AgriLife Extension agent in Hidalgo County, said the Sept. 3 […]

Center on Conflict and Development to showcase international documentary

Contact: Melanie Balinas, 979-458-9399,mbalinas@gmail.com COLLEGE STATION – “Virunga,” the internationally acclaimed film uncovering the deadly confrontation of natural resource extraction and community interests in one of Africa’s world heritage sites, will be screened at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Palace Theater in Bryan. Coordinators said the event celebrates the designation by the Texas A&M […]