New AgriLife Extension statewide cotton pest management guide is now available

LUBBOCK – Entomologists with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service have just released a new statewide guide on managing cotton insect pests, said one of its authors. Dr. Suhas Vyavhare, AgriLife Extension cotton entomologist at Lubbock, said The Cotton Insect Management Guide can be accessed online at or can be downloaded free from the AgriLife […]

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 […]

Fact sheet clarifies new transport regulations’ reach on agriculture industry

AMARILLO – Concern in the agricultural industry about the impact of new regulations regarding electronic logging devices, passed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, has prompted a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist to co-create an outline addressing common concerns. Tiffany Dowell Lashmet, AgriLife Extension agricultural law specialist in Amarillo, and Elizabeth Rumley with […]

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 […]

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 The kickoff for the new entrepreneurial “cohort” group, which is expected […]

Texas milk production goes west over the past 30 years

COMO – A rusted, padlocked gate marks the entry to a once modern and bustling dairy barn. The facility in the heart of Northeast Texas dairy country that once collected milk from hundreds of Holstein cows, is now a depository for knickknacks, scrap wood and metal, tools and idle equipment.  Surrounding county roads are littered […]

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 […]