Farm and Ranch

McMullen County Commissioners attend 2019 AgriLife Continuing Education Conference for County Officials

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in District 12 hosted its annual County Judges and Commissioners Continuing Education Conference on Friday, November 22, 2019 at the Embassy Suites Hotel-Laredo. Attending from McMullen County were County Commissioners Hilario Garcia and Maximo Quintanilla. The conference began with a timely topic on changing Responses to Active Shooters: Law Enforcement & The Public presented […]

Gardening Q & A

Plant Q & A

Q. Are there any cool weather annuals that the deer won’t eat? A. Some deer proof lists show snapdragons, calendula, and cyclamen as cool weather annuals that the deer won’t eat. Unfortunately, other gardeners report that deer will eat cyclamen blooms. In my neighborhood the deer did not eat the snaps that I put out as a test several years […]

Vintage in Verdi


I know I’ve written a lot about Vintage in Verdi, but this week I’d like to dedicate the Verdilizer to the residents of Verdi that will be selling and we have quite a few talented people in our small community. First off, Kathryn Jasik. Not only is Kathryn in charge of VNV, she also has Lucky 1300 where she sells […]


Front Row (L to R): Kimberlin Alrdrich, Kassidy Vickers, Emree Adamitz, Kinsley Barker, Dakota Fulcher, Stayton Hagen, Lacey Stevens, Neviz Rodriguez, Aurianna Rich, Kendall Niemietz and McAda Rutherford. Back Row (L to R): Matthew Guedea, Tristan Barker, Sadie McAda, Jayce Krauskopf, Trey Hagen, Peyton Eichman, Victoria Urbanczyk, Luke Raney, Matthew Smith, David Zertuche, Jairo Ortiz, Wyatt Porter and Keagen Holes. […]

Poteet FFA LDE’s District and Area Contest

On November 8, the Poteet FFA held the Wintergarden District LDE contest after school at the Poteet High School. Many proud FFA members from all around the surrounding areas came to compete within the district. Poteet FFA’s results are as followed: Senior Radio Broadcasting team 1 received 1st place, contestants were: Hannah Grace Watts, Cutter Blagg, and Brooke Rasmussen. Senior […]

Tilden Dominates District LDE’s

Monday, Nov.18, Tilden FFA went to the Seis Rios District LDE (Leadership Development Event) in Robstown along with two other districts. Tilden competed against several other schools. They took four Greenhand teams and six senior teams. Greenhand Quiz place 6th out of eight teams, Greenhand Broadcasting placed 1st out of seven, Greenhand Creed placed 2nd out of nine and Greenhand […]

Jourdanton FFA competes at Wintergarden District LDE

On Monday, November 18, Jourdanton FFA traveled with 12 Leadership Development teams to the Wintergarden District LDE Contest in Poteet. Of the teams that went, 8 qualified for the Area X LDE Contest which was held on November 25 at the Richard M. Borchards Fairgrounds in Robstown. To qualify for the Area contest, teams had to place 1st or 2nd […]

Letter to the editor: Time to beef up our beef facts

To the editor, What if we lived in a world where changing one thing fixed all of our problems — one diet or one extra dollar? Unfortunately, there is no one simple solution to fixing the challenges we face with climate change, human health and economics. Recently, some researchers, as well as the media, have disproportionately and unfairly isolated beef […]

Atascosa County livestock producers may be eligible for 2019 Drought Disaster Assistance

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Atascosa County announced that ranchers and livestock producers may be eligible for assistance from the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) for grazing losses incurred in 2019. According to County Executive Director Scott Heffernan, “Atascosa County recently met qualifying drought ratings that ‘trigger’ eligibility for the Livestock Forage Disaster Program on […]

Gardening Q & A

Plant Q & A

Q. I planted two 12 ft Mexican white oaks in July this year. Can I prune some of the lower branches off the trunk now? A. It is best for the tree’s growth rate if you do not reduce its leaf surface this early in its growth. Wait until the side branches grow to at least one inch in diameter […]

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