Viral outbreak in California highlights need for year-round biosecurity within poultry flocks

COLLEGE STATION – A virus outbreak among backyard chickens in California exemplifies the need for biosecurity diligence year-round, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Dr. Craig Coufal, AgriLife Extension poultry specialist, College Station, said officials have been dealing with a month-long outbreak of Virulent Newcastle Disease, vND, formerly known as Exotic Newcastle Disease.  […]

4-H’ers awarded $2.4M in scholarships at Texas 4-H Roundup

COLLEGE STATION — Texas 4-H’ers took home more than $2.4 million in scholarships during the 71st annual Texas 4-H Roundup held at Texas A&M University recently. In all, the 4-H Youth Development Foundation distributed more than 200 scholarships to outgoing 4-H members, said Sarah Hamm, executive director of the Texas 4-H Foundation. The Houston Livestock […]

Water well owner training set for July 26 in Bellville

BELLVILLE — A Texas Well Owner Network, or TWON, training has been scheduled for July 26 in Bellville. The Well Educated training, which is free and open to the public, will be from 1-5 p.m. at Bellville VFD, 511 W. Main St. It is being offered to area private water well owners through collaboration with […]

Texas 4-H Roundup welcomes youth from throughout the state

COLLEGE STATION — Bryan-College Station was host to the largest gathering of 4-H members and supporters in the country June 11–14 during Texas 4-H Roundup, said organizers. “Roundup is the pinnacle annual event for all of Texas 4-H and we welcomed more than 2,100 youth to compete in approximately 50 diverse competitions throughout the week,” […]

Texas A&M AgriLife experts remind Texans to teach children water safety

COLLEGE STATION – With temperatures hitting triple digits and more children headed to backyard and community swimming pools, lakes and beaches, now is a good time to teach kids about water safety, said Texas A&M AgriLife experts. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, drowning is the leading cause of unintentional and preventable death in children ages […]

New Texas A&M AgriLife leader continues Texas tour

COLLEGE STATION – Texas A&M’s new vice chancellor and dean of agriculture and life sciences is touring the state for a first-hand look at new innovations to better align agriculture with a health focus to benefit producers, consumers, the environment and the economy. Dr. Patrick Stover, also acting director of Texas A&M AgriLife Research, is […]

Yaupon presents problems for range pasture management

FRANKLIN – Yaupon, yaupon and more yaupon. The war for ranchers against this perennial seems to never be over, but there are viable control measures, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts, speaking at the recent O.D. Butler Forage Field Day and Camp Cooley Ranch. “It’s a perennial and comes back even when […]

Farm bill, new crop technologies featured at 55th Stiles Farm Field Day

TAYLOR – Despite tropical weather forcing the 55th Stiles Farm Field Day indoors to nearby Taylor, there was plenty of discussion on farm issues and new technology that drew more than 150 Blacklands-region producers. Dr. Joe Outlaw, co-director of the Agricultural and Food Policy Center at Texas A&M University and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service […]

Rainwater harvesting, turf management training July 12 in Seguin

SEGUIN — Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s Healthy Lawns and Healthy Waters Program will host a residential rainwater harvesting and turf management training with the Geronimo and Alligator Creeks Watershed Partnership on July 12 in Seguin. The free event will be from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Irma Lewis Seguin Outdoor Learning Center, 1865 U.S. […]

Coastal forecast should remind Texans to be vigilant, prepared for floods

COLLEGE STATION – With days of flooding forecast for the southeastern coastal region of the state, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts remind residents to be vigilant and make preparations for their safety. “While we can’t keep natural disasters like floods from occurring, there’s still a lot we can do to prepare for them and […]