Farm and Ranch

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 […]

Texas pork producers face uphill battle with wild pigs

In November, Texas pork producer Chuck Real purchased three new boars at one of the country’s largest purebred breeding stock sales and brought them back to the isolation barn at his mother’s farm. One morning, he went out to check on his new boars and quickly realized his group of three had grown to four. “A big old black boar […]

2019 Beef Cattle Short Course

The 2019 Beef Cattle Short Course is fast approaching! If you haven’t already done so, be sure to reserve your spot for each session of the annual Beef Cattle Short Course, January 8 and 15, at Palo Alto College in the Ozuna Library. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. with the program to follow at 6:30 p.m. Two hours of CEU […]

Pleasanton FFA spreads Christmas Cheer to all



The Pleasanton FFA chapter celebrated the Christmas holiday season by bringing joy to local nursing homes. Over 40 members from junior high, high school, and elementary dressed in their Christmas gear to wish a “happy holiday” to three local retirement homes: Retama Manor North, Retama Manor South and The Heights. Students caroled the halls of the homes singing Christmas songs […]

Atascosa 4-H Archery Team Competes at District Match

The District 12 4-H Shooting Sports Archery Match (Modified 600 & 3-D) was held on December 8 at the Duval Shooting Complex in Benavides. Several Atascosa 4-H Archers braved the cold, wet weather to bring home the following wins: 3-D Results include Britney Rogers, Intermediate Recurve 1st; Casen Wilson, Junior NASP Genesis 2nd; Darcy Macmanus, Intermediate NASP Genesis 3rd; Pearson […]

Stay Merry and Bright this Holiday Season

Remember: Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving Atascosa County, Texas — As the calendar year winds down, the holiday festivities start up. Make sure to stay off Santa’s “naughty” list by following this advice: Always choose sober driving, and always plan a safe ride home before you party. To help keep Americans safe on the roads, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension is […]

Gardening Q&A



Q. What caused the huge drop of ball moss from the trees in our area? Is it ravished by a disease, I hope! Are the plants poisonous? Should we clean them up to protect the deer and our pets? A. The ball moss drop was caused by the heavy winds we had on 12-14 and 15. Ball moss is not […]


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