AgriLife Extension names 4-H specialists for Amarillo, Vernon districts

COLLEGE STATION – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has announced the promotion of two county agents to the positions of 4-H specialist, effective Aug. 1. Bailee Wright will be based in Amarillo, serving District 1, and Seth Hall will be based in Vernon, serving District 3, said Dr. Courtney Dodd, Texas 4-H Youth Development […]

Big Country Beef Conference slated for Aug. 22 in Abilene

ABILENE — Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will host the Big Country Beef Conference on Aug. 22 at the Taylor County Expo Center in the Big Country Hall, 1700 Texas  Highway 36, Abilene. The event will run from 8:15 a.m.-4:15 p.m., with registration and coffee starting at 7:30 a.m. Call the AgriLife Extension office of […]

Texas Crop and Weather Report – July 9, 2019

COLLEGE STATION – Corn and sorghum prices have rallied in response to weather-related problems in the Corn Belt, but their future remains uncertain, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Dr. Mark Welch, AgriLife Extension grain economist, College Station, said Texas corn and sorghum growers are reporting better-than-average growing conditions amid higher prices. […]

Texas A&M AgriLife creates team to answer hemp questions

COLLEGE STATION – Growing industrial hemp in Texas is not yet legal in the state of Texas, but that doesn’t mean there is not a rapidly growing amount of interest, questions and calls. In response, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has formed an Industrial Hemp Education Initiative Team to provide information concerning industrial hemp production […]

Texas A&M Natural Resource Institute offers online Private Land Stewardship lessons

COLLEGE STATION – The Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute, NRI, has added a series of new Private Land Stewardship lessons to its website. These lessons, which can be found at, have been developed to bring attention to plant and wildlife management and to support the institute’s efforts in private land stewardship and other areas. […]

Estate, legal planning seminars set for Aug. 27

COLLEGE STATION — The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will host two sessions of the Preserving Family Heritage: Estate and Legal Planning Seminar in Fayette and Washington counties on Aug. 27. Both programs will include an overview of estate and transition planning, business entities and trusts, and understanding probate and alternatives to probate. Speakers include […]

Proper handling of fresh produce can reduce risk of foodborne illness

KERRVILLE — Fresh produce is plentiful right now, but it’s important to follow some safe-handling tips to help protect yourself and your family, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. “Whether produce comes from a grocery store or farmers market, it’s important to be consistent in practicing safe food handling at home,” said Rebecca […]

Rear-facing safety seats still best protection for youngest passengers

COLLEGE STATION – Using rear-facing safety seats for small children in vehicles is still the “best and safest” practice for parents and other caregivers, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program manager based in College Station. Bev Kellner said although a new rear-facing law passed by this year’s state legislature was vetoed, the […]

AgriLife Extension offers grazing, animal management school beginning July 17 in Canadian

CANADIAN – A 10-month Grass Grazing and Animal Management School coordinated by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in Hemphill County will kick off July 17 in Canadian. The school will meet from 1-5 p.m. each third Wednesday of the month through April in the Hemphill County Exhibition Center, 10965 Exhibition Center Lane, said […]

Tips for successful chick hatches

COLLEGE STATION – Following Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service recommendations can improve successful chick hatches. Dr. Greg Archer, AgriLife Extension poultry specialist, College Station, said the 21-day hatch period can go wrong in many ways, but taking precautions and following scientific steps can lead to consistently good hatches. Archer said several precautions should be taken […]