Farm and Ranch

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 […]

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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 verditxcc@gmail.com

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 […]

Area X Wintergarden District donates items to Hurricane Hanna relief



On July 25 at 10 p.m., Hurricane Hanna made landfall as a high-end Category 1 hurricane. Extensive property damage was reported in the Rio Grande Valley, especially in Port Mansfield. Most of the damage was located south of Corpus Christi; the eye took a more southward path than forecasters originally thought. Corpus Christi experienced storm surge flooding and tropical storm-force […]

Local awarded Edward Geyer Memorial Scholarship

Derek Scharmann was awarded the Edward Geyer Memorial Scholarship. Derek is a Poteet HS graduate of the Class of 2020, currently attending Texas A&M University in College Station. He plans to pursue a degree and become a Texas Game Warden. Edward Geyer was a former agriculture science teacher at Poteet HS. Edward completed 30 years in the Agriculture Education System […]

County news and events



2021 4-H Broiler Orders for County, Houston, San Antonio and Austin are due September 11. County Broilers: The price is $1.75 per bird. Birds must be ordered by box (25 per box). Houston, San Antonio and Rodeo Austin Broiler Order: The price is $1.50 per bird. Birds must be ordered by the box (25 per box) with a maximum of […]

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We will be having Bible study on Tuesdays at the Verdi Community Center from 7-8 p.m. Word for the week: “The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all.” – John F. Kennedy My time is up and I thank you for yours. TTFN (ta ta for now), Gina Huizar verditxcc@gmail.com

Just Words

On the Edge of Common Sense

They were just words. “Tear down the Berlin Wall!” Reagan to Gorbachev at the Brandenburg Gate, 1987 “Chance of rain.” Weatherman in Louisiana before Hurricane Katrina, 2005. “Give me liberty or give me death.” Patrick Henry, 1775 “I wish I’d never read this book … so I could read it again for the first time.” Dan Trimble about Hemingway’s “Old […]


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