McMillan Foundation, Montgomery family, local leaders lured AgriLife center to Overton 50 years ago

OVERTON – The Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Overton wouldn’t be where it is today if not for the McMillan Foundation, the Montgomery family and local leaders, the longtime center director said. The Overton center staff will welcome the public, state and area officials and Texas A&M University System officials to the […]

Beef Cattle Short Course animal health sessions Aug 7-9 in College Station

COLLEGE STATION  – Animal health issues affecting the Texas beef industry will be the focus of several sessions at the Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course Aug. 7-9 at Texas A&M University in College Station. The short course is the largest beef cattle educational event in the country and attracts more than 1,600 beef cattle […]

Stiles Farm Field Day features herd bull selection, cropping systems alternatives

THRALL – Stiles Farm Field Day attendees learned more about the possibilities of using low or high crop input methods, plus tips on purchasing breeding bulls used in beef cattle operations. The 54th field day attracted more than 100 producers from across the Blacklands region. Dr. Ronnie Schnell, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service cropping systems […]

Gainesville, Clarksville Beef Quality Assurance Training programs scheduled in July

OVERTON – Two Beef Quality Assurance Training events will be in North and Northeast Texas during July. The training events are a collaborative effort among the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Texas Beef Council and the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association. There is no cost to attend, but organizers request RSVPs to ensure accurate […]

Annual Northeast Texas Horticultural Field Day a hit with ornamental lovers

OVERTON – Patti Cates, of Hughes Springs, planted her pink flag among the fiery red and orange Zahara Double Fire blooms. The flag signified the flower as one of her favorites among more than 500 ornamental varieties on display June 29 at the 24th annual Northeast Texas Horticultural Field Day. Cates and her husband Tony […]

4-H Veterinary Camp teaches clinical skills, hands-on activities

COLLEGE STATION – Youth from across Texas recently participated in 4-H Veterinary Camp, building on skills and knowledge needed to achieve mastery in the certification program. The event coincided with Texas 4-H Roundup week. Upon completion of the week-long instruction, students received Beef Quality Assurance certification from the Texas Beef Council and obtained 33 of […]

Texas Crop and Weather Report – June 27

COLLEGE STATION – Disease problems for vegetable producers and gardeners are popping up around the state, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert.   Conditions have been good for vegetable production around much of the state following mild spring conditions and ample rains, but the weather is also setting the stage for plant […]

Research group focuses on economics of transportation needs for rural elderly

COLLEGE STATION – A multidisciplinary team of researchers is examining economic issues associated with providing transportation for the rural elderly and other socially disadvantaged populations. The aging baby boomer population is increasing the importance of mobility issues, including transportation, to society, the researchers said, also noting studies are needed to examine potential alternatives to increase […]

New Texas A&M AgriLife sweetclover variety – Silver River Sweetclover – paradise for pollinators

TALOGA, OKLAHOMA – Donning his beekeeper suit, Charles Touchstone, of Arapaho, Oklahoma, stepped a few feet inside a buzzing 90-acre field of Silver River Sweetclover planted for seed production near Taloga, Oklahoma. Some of the lacy white flowered shoots busy with bees stretched above his 6-foot frame. Silver River Sweetclover is a new Texas A&M […]

High, low input farming discussed at 54th Stiles Farm Field Day

THRALL – Blackland farmers from across the region toured sorghum, corn and cotton fields learning more about using high and low input crop production at the recent 54th Stiles Farm Foundation Field Day in Thrall. The annual field day showcases the latest in production agriculture at the Stiles Farm, which serves as a teaching platform […]