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The 2020 Tilden Social has been canceled. If you purchased a table or ticket, please contact Jennifer Flores at 361-274-3323.


Brandon Hamby captured the “snowy” fields outside of Charlotte being harvested.

New USDA survey to measure areas for improvement

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a new annual survey of farmers, ranchers and private forestland owners. The survey will help USDA understand what it is doing well and where improvements are needed, specifically at the Farm Service Agency (FSA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Risk Management Agency (RMA). A selection of 28,000 producers will receive the survey […]

AgriLife Extension St. Augustine guides available online

Sound management practices can help any Texan cultivate thriving St. Augustine grass, and a new digital guide and management calendar from the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service provides detailed steps for success. St. Augustine grass requires four to six hours of sunlight to survive. However, the shade densities they can withstand make them tolerant compared to most warm-season species, said […]


We will be having Bible study on Tuesdays at the Verdi Community Center from 7-8 p.m. Word for the week: “My brother Bob doesn’t want to be in government – he promised Dad he’d go straight.” – John F. Kennedy My time is up and I thank you for yours. TTFN (ta ta for now), Gina Huizar

Avocado Rustlers

On the Edge of Common Sense

Catching avocado rustlers is sort of a cross between the COVID virus, wildfires, exchange students bearing addictive goodies and coon hunting. “All right, come down outta that tree and drop that avocado. Frisk him, Ken, and don’t forget to check for lemons.” In the southern California county of Ventura you will find the occasionally fractious co-mingling of densely-populated residential areas […]

Consider a container vegetable garden this fall

Whether you’re looking to add a bit of beauty to your porch or making the most out of space in the backyard, gardeners can grow any vegetable in a container that they would normally grow in the ground. All you need is the right size container, good soil and proper drainage, said Skip Richter, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horticulture […]

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