Farm and Ranch

Lorena Leal wins big, aims for bigger

Poteet FFA member Lorena Leal took first place and earned the title of Champion at the Atascosa County Livestock Show in January. It was her turquoise-colored resin table that won her the blue ribbon in the Division VII: Picnic Tables & Outdoor Furniture category. Although Leal and her father Lorenzo Leal Sr. had seen resin tables online, including on Youtube […]

Support and share during National FFA Week

We are right in the middle of National FFA Week, a time dedicated to celebrating the daily impact FFA has in the lives of its members. This year’s National FFA week is Feb. 20-27. Are you an FFA member? Share your stories about how FFA has affected you. Make a phone call, send a text, pay someone a visit or […]

Finished like a champ

On Saturday, Feb. 20, Senior Jourdanton FFA member, Claire Vyvlecka, participated in the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo Agriculture Public Speaking Contest. She competed in the Senior Western Heritage/Ag Advocacy Division where she was named division champion. With this placing, Vyvlecka was awarded a $10,000 scholarship. In this contest, Vyvlecka had 15 minutes to give an 8-minute speech and […]


Mr. Joe Huizar continues walking down memory lane in Verdi: In second grade and third grade I turned in my homework hoping they would pass me and the teacher tried, but they didn’t allow it because I didn’t go a full year to school. I just started in January, but I wanted to gain a year because I was behind. […]

Calving Quiz

On the Edge of Common Sense

This is a quiz to determine your calving sanity (or help you pass time in the calving barn). Match the columns. 1. Aching2. Black 3. C4. Cold5. Cracked6. Dead7. Dry8. Full9. Hot10. Leg11. Midnight12. Muddy13. Round14. Slick15. Soft16. Steamy17. Sticky18. Stiff19. Swollen20. Tight21. Wet A. TonguesB. BackC. BatteriesD. BootsE. CalvesF. BreathG. BucketsH. ChecksI. SqueezeJ. HandsK. FeetL. FingersM. ForearmsN. EyesO. HeadsP. […]

Gardening Q&A

Q. Our hedge is Viburnum sandankwa. Part of it is in the sun and part in the shade. All the leaves were frozen last week. Is it going to recover, or will we need new plants? Is there another tactic to implement? A. It was common for Viburnum sandankwa to lose its leaves. In most cases I believe the stems […]

Saddle up for Ropin’ at the River

Saddle up, partner, and head over to the Pleasanton River Park on May 8, 2021, for Ropin’ at the River. This free, familyfriendly event will kick off with a cowboy breakfast from 7 to 9 a.m. on the large pavilion. Then the real fun begins at 10 a.m. Let the wind blow through your hair as you enjoy a hay […]


A snow covered ranch in Atascosa County.

Local Ag Mechanics students, projects leave city limits

The transition of 2020 to 2021 brought with it the hope of a better year. Could anything good come from 2020? In every situation, in every time period, there are positive and exciting things going on. We just have to be willing to see them. January 2021 revealed to us the culmination of some great things that were happening throughout […]

Somerset Ag Mechanics team wins big, moves on

It takes a combination of hard work and exceptional skill to create a high-placing Ag Mechanics project. And that’s just what Somerset High School seniors Tristan Kurz, Zayne Michealson and Ryan Frautschi presented on Jan. 12 at the Atascosa County Livestock Show. The trio made their school and Somerset FFA proud when their kayak trailer won first place in the […]

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