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Q. I am rebuilding my raised beds and it surprises me how many snails and slugs are hidden in every nook and cranny between and under the railroad ties. It makes me think that the foliage damage that I blamed on insects was just as likely to have been done by slugs and snails. Are there any general principles to […]

Deadline approaching for USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds farmers and ranchers that the deadline to apply for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) is Sept. 11, 2020. This program provides direct relief to producers who faced price declines and additional marketing costs due to COVID-19. “FSA offers several options for farmers and ranchers to apply for CFAP, including […]

Wildfire threat along I-35 corridor

The return of widespread triple-digit temperatures will increase the rate of drying in vegetation, resulting in increased risk of wildfires. Minimal rainfall from Hurricane Laura was observed west of Interstate 35, where dangerously dry fuels are present. Despite the impact of Hurricane Laura to the eastern portion of the state, most of Texas will continue to see hot and dry […]

Summer garden deliciousness

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 […]


Vanished Forever and Forgotten: Bowen’s Island in San Antonio. Hill Country News-April 2018 In later years, the land changed hands numerous times. Then in 1928, James H. Smith and J. W. Young, purchased part of the property. They started the Smith-Young Tower, known today as the Tower Life Building. The 35-story building is still the tallest office building in the […]

Holy zucchini and stuffed zucchini flowers, we have winners!

The Pleasanton Express loved every entry in our “How does your garden grow?” contest. It was so hard to pick a winner because we loved each one. The photos were so great in fact that next week, Ag Editor Loni Just will be giving them all a second showing by including them in her Farm & Ranch section. Thank each […]

USDA announces more eligible commodities for CFAP

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that additional commodities are covered by the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) in response to public comments and data. Additionally, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is extending the deadline to apply for the program to September 11, and producers with approved applications will receive their final payment. After reviewing over 1,700 responses, […]


Vanished Forever and Forgotten: Bowen’s Island in San Antonio. Hill Country News-April 2018 (I’m going somewhere with this story; you’ll have to wait until the end.) Searching for Bowen’s Island will lead you near the San Antonio River, but only a historical marker stands there today, and it is on very dry land. Originally a natural peninsula purchased by John […]

Locals receive Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Achievement Scholarships

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo has committed more than $500 million to Texas youth and education. Each year, the Rodeo awards more than 800 scholarships. In the fall, the Rodeo committed to award $14.2 million in scholarships, $3.7 million in educational program grants and $662,000 in graduate assistantships in 2020. These scholarships are normally handed out in-person at the […]

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