Farm and Ranch


USDA Opens Signup for Market Facilitation Program

Signup opens today for the Market Facilitation Program (MFP), a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) program to assist farmers who continue to suffer from damages because of unjustified trade retaliation from foreign nations. Through MFP, USDA will provide up to $14.5 billion in direct payments to impacted producers, part of a broader trade relief package announced in late July. The […]

Food safety is paramount when packing children’s lunches

Soon children will again be taking their lunches to school, and because they are at higher-than-normal risk for foodborne illness, parents and caregivers need to pack those lunches with food safety in mind, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 50% of annual salmonella infections happen to infants and […]

Tax-free weekend a chance for savvy Texas consumers to save money

A Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert is reminding consumers about the state’s annual sales tax holiday scheduled from when stores open on Aug. 9 to midnight Aug. 11. This is the third year the event, which used to be the first weekend in August, has been held during the second weekend in August, said Joyce Cavanagh, AgriLife Extension specialist […]

43rd annual Randall County Ag Day and Crops Tour set

The 43rd annual Randall County Ag Day and Crops Tour, hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, is set for Aug. 27 at the Kuhlman Extension Center, 200 N. Brown Road, Canyon. “We have some exciting new topics to discuss this year along with the traditional crops produced here in Randall County,” said Dr. J. D. Ragland, AgriLife Extension […]

Agrilife Extension upcoming calendar of events

We sure hope that everyone has had a fantastic summer because Back to School is just around the corner. Don’t forget the new school year also coincides with the new 4-H year. Make sure to log onto your 4-H Connect account on August 15th to re-enroll. Lots of info inside this month’s newsletter. Here’s a little of what you will […]

Summer fun tips

As the summer season heats up, you’re probably planning trips to the beach, backyard barbecues and playground playdates. Here are a few key tips to safely head outside with your little one in the heat. Babies, toddlers and small children shouldn’t be outside for any prolonged period of time if the heat index is listed as 90 degrees or higher. […]

Fire field day

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Great Plains Fire Science Exchange are teaming up to host a prescribed fire field day in Sonora. Fiery Legacy: Maintaining Rx Fire in Texas will take place Sept. 14 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research Station, 395 County Road 760 in Sonora. The event will run 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; lunch will be […]

Gardening Q&A

Plant Q & A

Q. Our neighborhood is loaded with deer, so I have planted lots of primrose jasmine and thyrallis. I like them both, but it has surprised me lately that they are wilting from the heat. They have been in place for 3 years; do I need to worry about them dying if the heat and dry weather continues? I thought they […]

Serah Kate Blair, another local FFA success story

Serah Kate Blair is a 2019 Jourdanton ISD graduate who recently received the Richard Wallrath Foundation Scholarship awarding her $10,000 towards her education. Serah Kate has been a very active and successful FFA member and has built a pristine resume during her high school years as a Jourdanton FFA member. Blair has competed on a variety of FFA teams. She […]

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