Castro County Crop Conference set Feb. 15 in Dimmitt

DIMMITT – A reflection on the 2017 crop year and an idea exchange for 2018 will highlight the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Castro County Crop Conference set from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Castro County Expo Building, 403 S.E. 4th St., Dimmitt. Individual registration is $10 and will include lunch. For more […]

Experts: Use safe practices when processing, cooking feral hogs

COLLEGE STATION – With a proliferation of feral hogs in Texas, control measures such as trapping and hunting can yield the rewards of good table fare. However, feral hogs can carry  parasites, such as hookworms, and experts advise to use safe cooking practices before consuming the meat. “Feral hogs are destructive in nature and their […]

New farm bill discussions highlight Ag Forum meeting in Austin

AUSTIN – Farm economy experts at the recent Ag Forum in Austin told attendees to expect much debate on the shaping of a new farm bill that will most likely be written with little or no increases to commodity program funding. The 2014 Farm Bill was adopted during times of record commodity prices and expires […]

AgriLife Extension, others set schedule for 2018 San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo

SAN ANTONIO — The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service offices in Bexar and Guadalupe counties, along with Bexar County Master Gardeners and Alamo Area Beekeeper associations, have scheduled their activities and presentations for the 2018 San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo. They will take place from Feb. 9-14 at the H-E-B Little Buckaroo Farms tent […]

Sunbrite shines as ‘rodeo tomato’ for 2018 San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo

SAN ANTONIO – The 2018 “rodeo tomato” has been selected and this year’s choice is the Sunbrite variety, said David Rodriguez, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horticulturist, Bexar County. “Each year, a new tomato variety is selected to be the official ‘rodeo tomato’ for the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo, which this year runs […]

Battleground to Breaking Ground Entrepreneurial Training project accepting applications

COLLEGE STATION – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, in cooperation with the Texas AgrAbility Project, U.S. Department of Agriculture and others, is accepting applications for their Battleground to Breaking Ground Entrepreneurial Training project now through March 18. Application instructions can be found at http://txagrability.tamu.edu/bgbget-application/. The kickoff for the new entrepreneurial “cohort” group, which is expected […]

Hillingdon Ranch tour shows visitors ‘Texas-style’ sheep raising

COMFORT — More than  70 people attending the 2018 American Sheep Industry Convention in San Antonio, including those from several U.S. states, Canada and Australia, got a firsthand look at sheep production in Texas during their recent tour of Hillingdon Ranch in Comfort. The group was given an inside look at the operation of the […]

AgriLife Extension’s Permian Basin Cotton Conference set March 1 in Big Spring

BIG SPRING – The Permian Basin Cotton Conference, a multi-county event conducted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, is set from 8 a.m.-noon March 1 at the G.C. Broughton Jr. Ag Complex, Big Spring. The complex is located on the Howard College campus at 2411 Echols Drive. Counties involved with the conference and accompanying […]

U.S. agricultural trade continues to climb in value

AUSTIN – U.S. agricultural export trade reached $135 billion in 2016 as farm commodities were a big economic driver helping to feed a growing global population, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist. “One-third of U.S. farm income comes from exports,” said Dr. Luis Ribera, who is also the director of the Center […]

Applications being accepted for children’s gardening program at Hardberger Park

SAN ANTONIO – Applications are being accepted for participation in the spring Phil Hardberger Park Children’s Vegetable Garden program at the historic Voelcker Homestead inside Phil Hardberger Park, 13203 Blanco Road, San Antonio, said program coordinators. The Phil Hardberger Park Children’s Vegetable Garden is a collaboration of San Antonio Parks and Recreation, the Phil Hardberger […]