Water well screenings offered for counties affected by Hurricane Harvey

COLLEGE STATION — The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and others are collaborating to offer another set of water testing opportunities for private well owners in areas affected by floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey. AgriLife Extension’s Texas Well Owner Network is collaborating with Rebuild Texas, Virginia Tech and others to provide free water testing for total coliform and […]

Rainwater harvesting, turf management training set for Feb. 22-23 in Kyle and San Antonio

KYLE/SAN ANTONIO – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s Healthy Lawns and Healthy Waters Program is hosting two residential rainwater harvesting and turf management trainings in Kyle and San Antonio on Feb. 22 and 23, respectively. Both events are free and open to the public. Participants at either training can also have their soil tested free […]

Youth learn soil conservation, nature appreciation at Long Acres Ranch

RICHMOND –Long Acres Ranch near Richmond recently hosted four groups of fourth- and fifth-grade students from Lamar Consolidated Independent School District, providing firsthand instruction on soil erosion and its effect on the environment. “We were not even officially open before these final groups of 2017 came and to date we’ve already had more than 2,000 […]

Institute to hold Jan. 18 meeting on improving Cibolo Creek water quality

LA VERNIA – The Texas Water Resources Institute is hosting a meeting for anyone interested in working with a partnership to improve and protect the mid and lower Cibolo Creek watershed. The meeting will be 6 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Grace Bible Church, 390 Farm-to-Market 1346 S. in La Vernia. Clare Entwistle, a research […]

Biochar could benefit anaerobic digestion of animal manure

STEPHENVILLE – New research by Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists shows biochar has potential to make anaerobic digestion of animal manure a more efficient method to rid farms of waste while producing methane for energy. Biochar is a man-made charcoal material composed of agricultural wastes including manure, crop residues and forage grasses. It can be […]

Institute asking for input on Lower Rio Grande Valley water conservation

COLLEGE STATION — The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Texas Water Resources Institute and project partners are asking agricultural producers and irrigation district managers and board members in the Lower Rio Grande Valley to participate in a survey regarding water conservation programs and opportunities. “Agriculture is the Valley’s biggest economic sector and is also the […]

Texas Master Naturalist program seeks applicants, sets spring training

COLLEGE STATION – The Texas Master Naturalist program has announced training opportunities for those wishing to participate in the statewide program. Twenty-three Texas Master Naturalist chapters will conduct training classes in the spring for volunteers wanting to learn about natural resource and conservation management, said the program’s assistant state coordinator. Mary Pearl Meuth of College […]

Internationally known soil specialist retires from Texas A&M

COLLEGE STATION – Students, soil fertility and nutrient management in Texas and beyond have been major parts of Dr. Sam Feagley’s life for many years, and all are areas where he hopes he has “made a difference.” Feagley, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service state soil environmental specialist in College Station, will walk away from […]

Prescribed fire practitioners have new tools at their fingertips

SAN ANGELO – As prescribed fire gains popularity as a range management tool, so does the need for up-to-the-minute information. To meet the growing need, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service developed a prescribed burning handbook funded by the Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute.   “Professional prescribed fire practitioners in Texas are very good at […]

Water quality training Jan. 26 in Brenham to focus on Mill Creek watershed

BRENHAM – A Texas Watershed Steward workshop on water quality and management related to the Mill Creek watershed will be from 1-5 p.m. Jan. 26. The workshop will be in the Washington County Fairgrounds Sales Facility, 1385 Old Independence Road in Brenham. It will be presented by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Texas […]