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Soil test drive planned for November

Growing better quality hay and pasture grass is a major goal of all hay and livestock producers.  Starting with a soil test is the most important step to determining the amount of fertilizer … more

Austin County Fair Queen pageant set for Oct. 12

Applications for the Austin County Fair Queen pageant are now being accepted. A candidate must be at least 15 years of age by the beginning of the current school year, be single, be a resident of … more

Another new event for Austin County Fair

The Austin County Fair announced last week that it will offer a floral design competition this year as well as adding a competition named Fair Cup. The competitions will be held Sunday, Oct. 8, in … more

4-H allows youth to explore interests, prepare for the future

COLLEGE STATION – Enrollment for the 2017-2018 4-H year started Aug. 15 with the official statewide kickoff Sept. 1, said Dr. Toby Lepley, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service statewide program … more

Conditions brewing for warm, dry winter

COLLEGE STATION – Dry conditions around the state could worsen over the next few months as a warmer, drier winter is expected, said the state climatologist. Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon said cooler … more

Do homework on food safety when packing school lunches

KERRVILLE – Now that children are starting back to school and some parents will be packing their lunches, there are some food safety tips everyone should know, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension … more

Texas Department of Agriculture responds to Hurricane Harvey

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller expressed his condolences to those affected by Hurricane Harvey and reinforced the message of support through various programs offered by the Texas … more

Deadline to enroll in Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) is Aug. 1

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Texas Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting State Executive Director (SED), Erasmo (Eddie) Trevino, reminds farmers and ranchers that they have until Aug. 1 to enroll … more

Livestock indemnity program benefits available to local producers

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Steven Pawelek in Austin and Washington County announced that producers who suffered qualifying livestock losses due … more

Storm aftermath puts damper on early teal season opener

AUSTIN – The 16-day early teal hunting season opened statewide Saturday with guarded optimism tempered by the reality that many waterfowlers along the Texas coast are focusing on storm … more

Livestock Report

Four County Auction Center Inc. Industry, Texas For Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017 Receipts – 1,134 compared to 1,261 last week Trend – Steady to little higher on good active market Choice … more

Austin County 4-H

On June 27, the Austin County 4-H Clothing and Textile group received an exclusive behind-the-scenes fashion and merchandising tour of Neiman Marcus. Participants were given the opportunity to walk … more

Texas FFA students receive $1.4 million in scholarships

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo leadership presented 70 Texas FFA students with $1.4 million in scholarships July 12 during the Texas FFA State Convention in Corpus Christi.  Chartered in 1929, … more

Ranch sorting school, competition set for Dec. 9 in Jourdanton

JOURDANTON — The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in Atascosa County, Cinch Ranch Sorting National Championship and Cowboy Fellowship of Atascosa County will present the South Texas … more

Flooding, stormwater management meeting set for Sept. 12 in Houston

HOUSTON — A one-day meeting on stormwater management will be held Sept. 12 at the Trini Mendenhall Community Center, 1414 Wirt Road, Houston. The meeting, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., is being … more

Harrison has the fun for Bellville

When John Harrison first started as a showman in the 1990s, he was just looking to make a living in the rodeo industry.Now two decades later, he is one of the preeminent entertainers in the … more

2017 Austin County Fair Queen contestants

Emma Adams, sponsored by Southern RootsJasmine Alanis, sponsored by Austin County 4HMonica Alvarez, sponsored by Kathy’s KornerAllison Babylon, sponsored by Bellville Meat MarketCheyenne Bush, … more

Floating fire ants, insect pests among flood hazards

HOUSTON – Fire ants, as their colonies begin to flood, can join feet or tarsi to form water rafts, and they are more aggressive once in the floating formation, according to Texas A&M AgriLife … more

Funding to Develop Advanced Biofuels and Plant-Based Products

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking applications for funding to help support the development of advanced biofuels, renewable … more

AgriLife Extension personnel to assess flooding impact on livestock, pets

COLLEGE STATION — Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service personnel will soonbegin assessing recovery needs for livestock producers and pet owners as residents grapple with ongoing flooding along the … more
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