Agriculture
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Converting benefits of manure to methane

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 … more

Path to the Plate: Wading through food labels, marketing strategies

AMARILLO – Consumers can be confused by all the labels and marketing in the grocery store, but the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is rolling out a new program aimed at clearing the … more

WOODS, WATERS and WILDLIFE

Just as the calm that often occurs as the eye of a hurricane passes overhead is misleading, don’t let the warmer weather since last week’s frigid temperatures make you think winter is over. … more

Austin County 4-H has good showing at Food Challenge

Thirteen 13 Austin County 4-Hers participated Jan. 6 in the District 11 Food Show and Food Challenge competition in Victoria. The theme for this year’s activities was “Fresh from the Farm,” … more

Pesticide resistant, crop threatening whiteflies found in Texas

OVERTON – A pesticide-resistant population of common plant-damaging whiteflies has been found in Texas, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist. Whiteflies are sucking, … more

Calf market trends, forage production highlight clinic

BRENHAM – Beef cattle producers from throughout the South Central Texas region learned more about producing calves that fit the current market as well as enhancing forage production throughout the … more

Livestock Report: Four County Auction Center Inc.

Industry, Texas For Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017 Receipts – 1,135 compared to 918 last week Trend – Higher on good active market Choice Steer Calves 150-300 lbs. – $185-225 300-400 … more

Livestock Report Four County Auction Center Inc.

For Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017 Receipts – 1,322 compared to 1,134 last week Trend – Steady Choice Steer Calves 150-300 lbs. – $185-220 300-400 lbs. - $180-220 400-500 lbs. - … more

Agricultural trade, farm policy focus of 2017 Texas Plant Protection Conference

BRYAN – The importance of agricultural trade and current and future farm policy will be discussed at the 2017 Texas Plant Protection Association Conference Dec. 5-6 at the Brazos Center, 3232 … more

Texas agricultural losses from Hurricane Harvey estimated at more than $200 million

COLLEGE STATION – Hurricane Harvey, which decimated parts of South Central Texas and the upper Gulf Coast, caused more than $200 million in crop and livestock losses, according to Texas A&M … more

Private water well owners should test well after a flood

COLLEGE STATION — Private water well owners whose wells flooded from the recent rains should assume that their well water is contaminated until tested, according to Dr. Diane Boellstorff, Texas A&M … more

Blinn College livestock judging team places second at North American International Livestock Exposition

The Blinn College livestock judging team recently placed second at the North American International Livestock Exposition livestock judging competition in Louisville, Ky. Blinn’s sophomore … more

4-H council gets special treat

At the recent Austin County 4-H Council meeting, 4-H had the distinct pleasure of having a very special guest speaker in their midst. Their guest speaker at the November Council meeting was Sealy’s … more

Austin County Fair competitions coming up

The Austin County Fair is now accepting entries for the Little Miss & Mister Contest, the Junior Miss & Mister Contest and the Junior Fair Queen Contest. Below are the rules and regulations. Please … more

Slight climate shifts can affect optimum water use in plant communities

COLLEGE STATION – A new discovery is providing scientists a better understanding of how rainfall is shared beneficially by the plant community and the human population, in “It’s going to be … more

Food Handlers Course slated for Jan. 31 in San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Bexar County will present a Food Handlers Permit Course at 6 p.m. Jan. 31. The course will be held at the AgriLife Extension Bexar … more

Youth wins Horse Club scholarship

Every year the Waller County 4-H Horse Club looks to award one of its members a college scholarship. The scholarship committee evaluates each applicant based on academic achievement, leadership, … more

Spend the day at the Austin County Fairgrounds

On Saturday, Sept. 23, the Austin County Fairgrounds will be the place to be. The 5K Stampede kicks off Austin County Fair season with a 5K run that starts at the Turnverein, winds down Wendt … more

Texas pecan crop projected to exceed 50 million pounds

UVALDE – Texas pecan growers expect to increase production this year, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist. Dr. Larry Stein, AgriLife Extension horticulturist, Uvalde, said the … more

‘Saddle Up’ trail ride surpasses fundraising goal

Lives are being changed, thanks to the therapeutic horsemanship program offered by Houston-based SIRE. A recent event in Cat Spring, the 25th annual “Saddle Up for SIRE” trail ride raised a … more
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