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Congratulations Tilden FFA Class of 2020

The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of more than 700,000 student members as part of 8,600 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through […]



For those of you who may not know, there is a farmer’s market every Saturday in Pleasanton at Royal Frame Works and Artrageous. The market is from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at 903 W. Goodwin. They sell beef, coffee, vegetables, homemade jam and jelly, fudge, plants, breads, cinnamon rolls, pretzels, eggs and homemade sourdough bread made by Verdi resident, Louise Duncan. […]

Second Time Around

On the Edge of Common Sense

We must sell it, I told Mother, for we really have no other choice. The price is much too dear to harbor any doubt. And though I know we’ll miss it the time has come to kiss it goodbye and find another place a little further out. When the Indians sold Manhattan to a Dutch aristocrat in fancy breeches for […]

Gardening Q&A

Plant Q & A

Q. The okra we planted by seed three weeks ago never germinated. Is it too late to re-seed? A. Was the seed old? Okra seed is also sensitive to cool soil conditions. If the seed is several years old some will germinate, but plant it thick. If the weather cooperates you should still harvest some okra. Q. Our tomato plants […]

College-bound local student awarded Texas Farm Credit Scholarship

Texas Farm Credit, a rural lending cooperative, recently awarded $2,000 scholarships to six students across the state through the 2020 Marsha Martin Scholarship Program. The scholarships honor the memory of Marsha Pyle Martin, a native of Paris, Texas, who at the time of her death in January 2000 was chairman and chief executive officer of the Farm Credit Administration. Since […]

Atascosa County upcoming events and educational opportunities

During these unprecedented times we are faced with the unique challenge of finding new ways to deliver educational material to our constituents to achieve Texas A&M Agri- Life Extension’s vision to “Help Texans Better Their Lives.” With that we are offering some distance learning opportunities so you can learn more, but in the safety and comfort of your own home. […]

USDA: meatpacking facilities practicing safe reopening

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today applauded the safe reopening of critical infrastructure meatpacking facilities across the United States. These meatpacking facilities have resumed or plan to resume operations this week following President Trump’s Executive Order directing the facilities to implement the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration […]

Texas A&M AgriLife mobilizes task force to head off possible emergence of “murder hornet” in Texas

A giant invasive hornet was sighted several times in northwestern Washington state and Canada in late 2019, causing concern across the U.S. At the request of Gov. Greg Abbott, a specialized task force led by Texas A&M AgriLife experts is spearheading an initiative to protect Texas citizens, agriculture and honey bees if the “murder hornet,” or Asian giant hornet, arrives. […]

Behind Those Eyes

On the Edge of Common Sense

Behind those eyes there shines a light That’s guided me from my first step Down life’s highway through thick and thin So I could tell the wrong from right. Behind those eyes there beats a heart That taught me love is what you feel And to be taken as it is And not something you take apart. Behind those eyes […]

Gardening Q&A

Plant Q & A

Q. Is there an organic product to treat slugs and snails? A. There are several organic products that are designed to control slugs and snails. Just visit the slug and snail portion of your favorite nursery’s pesticide area. Check the labels to verify that the active ingredient is organic and also if you are content with the process that must […]

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