Farm and Ranch


On May 29 the Jourdanton FFA chapter traveled to Concan to attend Garner State Park, the most visited park in Texas. Furthermore, these students not only experienced the elaborate terrain of the park, hiking many areas, but they also had the opportunity to float down the Frio River for numerous hours. Although the four total hours of traveling felt extensive, […]

Extension deadlines & activities

Turkey Order Deadline is Wednesday June 26, 2019. Poults are $4.25 each. A minimum of 5 and maximum of 75 poults may be ordered per exhibitor or family unit. Each exhibitor may order an individual set of birds (up to 75) or siblings within the same household may order and share a set of birds (up to 75). In other […]

Gardening Q&A

Plant Q & A

Q. My crape myrtles seem to get shiny sticky leaves each year followed by a black mold, which causes the leaves to drop off. It took me awhile to figure out that the shiny sticky leaves were caused by aphids and their excrement. And that the mold was a fungus growing on the leaves living on the excrement. The problem […]

Attention high school graduates


With many students graduating from high school, I’d like to offer some advice, not that high schoolers read the Verdilizer but, just in case. This is the title of an article written by Chuck Collins from the Institute for Policy Studies. I think just the title tells it all, “My Advice for High School Graduates: Learn a Trade”. While millions […]

Texas Farm Credit Donates $5,000 to Sam Houston State University

Texas Farm Credit and the Bill Schlomchinski Family recently donated $5,000 to the Sam Houston State University (SHSU) Department of Agricultural Sciences. The rural lending cooperative and Schlomchinski Family received the funds as winners of the 2018 Farm Credit video contest. A video highlighting Bill and his son, Brett, both SHSU graduates, was submitted to the contest by their lender, […]


Help Tyler and Logan Rakowitz win the Capital Farm Credit photo contest. Your vote will also help them secure a spot on the Capital Farm Credit calendar. Tyler and Logan are the 3-year-old twin sons of Jake and Kelly Rakowitz of Atascosa County. To vote go to the Pleasanton Express Facebook page and the post will be pinned to the […]

Homeowners beware, mosquitos are on the move in South Texas

Dr. Mike Merchant, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service entomologist, Dallas, said temperatures are now warm enough to begin seeing early season mosquitoes. Merchant said recent rains created plenty of opportunities for mosquitoes to propagate, and homeowners should take preemptive measures to reduce populations within their neighborhoods. “Now is a good time to dump out bird baths, unused fountains and other […]

USDA Reminds Producers of Approaching Marketing Assistance Loan Deadlines

U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Richard Fordyce reminds producers of the May 31, 2019, deadline to apply for crop year 2018 marketing assistance loans for feed grains, upland cotton, soybeans and minor oilseeds. “These commodity loans provide short-term financing, allowing producers to meet interim cash flow needs and market their crops following a timeline that is […]


Pictured left to right are Gary West Atascosa Cattlemen President, Director Susan Schuchart, Director Alfred Krueger, scholarship recipient’s Autumn Hagen, Abbie Lanier, Hunter Rankin, Laken McAda, Serah Kate Blair, Rhett Guzman, Director and Scholarship Chairman Casey Bartek and Director Chuck Ertel. Directors not in the picture are Brett Slomchinski, Derek Ashley and Ryan Novak. Also not pictured is County Agent […]

Upcoming extension deadlines and activities

Ag Law Program – June 7 (Friday) Mark your calendar to attend “Owning Your Piece of Texas: Agricultural Laws Texas Landowners Need to Know” Friday, June 7th 9-3 pm at Palo Alto College. This free program is designed to educate landowners about the legal issues they may face. All participants will receive a copy of the “Owning Your Piece of […]

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