Farm and Ranch

2019 Atascosa County Livestock Show Schedule

MONDAY, JANUARY 14 7:30 a.m. – Grounds Open for Ag Mechanics 7:00 p.m. – AG. MECHANICS Projects in place TUESDAY, JANUARY 15 7:00 a.m. – Grounds Open and Animals may begin arriving 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. – Check in and sift POULTRY 8:00 a.m. – Check in and sift RABBITS 9:00 a.m. – Judge Ag Mechanic Projects 9:30 a.m. – […]

Pleasanton Express Christmas Story Contest Entries

The Real Brush Country Christmas Story WILDA DE LA CRUZ “What does Christmas mean to you?” asked the Sunday School teacher in the little country church on Main Street in our small town. The primary school classmates started raising their hands to answer the question. “It means Santa Claus and gifts of neat toys I put on my Christmas list,” […]

Texas Farm Bureau in Corpus Christi

The 85th Annual Texas Farm Bureau meeting was held in Corpus Christi, Texas December 1 – 3, 2018 at the American Bank Center. Atascosa County was well represented with 28 voting delegates in attendance. During the Sunday morning general session the 2018 Pioneer Award for District 10 was presented to Jerry Morgan Kosub (posthumously). Mrs. Doris Kosub accepted the award. […]

Lawmakers Applaud Farm Bill Cuba Trade Provision

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, President Trump signed the 2018 farm bill (Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018) into law with a provision that will allow U.S. agricultural producers to use federal market promotion dollars for exports to Cuba. This is the first law to repeal part of the U.S. embargo on Cuba in nearly 20 years and lays the groundwork for […]

Gardening Q&A

Q. I planted wild cherry seeds in a container with the idea that I will transplant them into the soil. How will they do in our soil and climate? A. Where did the seed come from? Is it wild black cherry, Prunus serotina from a local seed source? According to the book “Texas Trees, A Friendly Guide” by Paul Cox […]


I hope everyone is having a blessed holiday season. I should say, ‘I hope we all realize that we are having a blessed holiday because we are all blessed’. Blessed because we all have a loving Father who is with us, always, in every situation. We don’t define blessed by what material things we have or by what people around […]

Pleasanton FFA hosts 3rd annual chapter show

On December 8 Pleasanton FFA held their 3rd Annual Chapter Show. The show was held at the Pleasanton ag barn. Pleasanton FFA students participated in several showmanship shows including swine, goats, and cattle. With the help of Jeff Heffernan, students were able to learn and improve their showmanship skills. Champion and Reserve prizes were given, sponsored by the Pleasanton FFA […]

Loans available to producers waiting for cotton to be ginned

Loans are available through USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) to provide interim financing to cotton producers while waiting for their cotton to be ginned. Atascosa County producers can apply for FSA’s seed cotton recourse loans from the beginning of harvest through March 31. “In some regions, this year’s adverse weather has resulted in delays in cotton harvest & ginning,” said […]

Strong demand for Texas BBQ

Continued strong dem& for Texas barbecue will help fuel the need for steady supplies of beef in 2019, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service livestock economist. “I definitely think barbecue dem& is driving the dem& for beef,” said Dr. David &erson, who gave an outlook presentation on a variety of meats on barbecue restaurant menus at the Fifth […]

Salad bowls recalled in U.S., Canada after government tests find listeria

Apio Inc. of Guadalupe, CA, has recalled several flavors of pre-made salads, sold in plastic bowls, that were distributed to 11 states & five Canadian provinces. Routine testing by inspectors in Canada returned positive results for Listeria monocytogenes in a sample of one of the flavors. The recalled salads are packaged as “Eat Smart Single-Serve Salad Shake Ups” & are […]

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