Welcome to the Smith County Agriculture blog. Here you will find posts of recent articles, emerging issues, web pages, etc. that are researched based and I think will be useful to you in your various Agriculture ventures.
Agriculture is life. From the food we eat, the clothes we wear, and even the homes we live in, all of us are involved in Agriculture to some degree whether we know it or not. This blog will provide information for you and your family to use to learn more about the Agriculture Industry in East Texas and how you might be a part of this industry.
Blog posts include upcoming Agriculture and Natural Resource events in the region as well as other Agriculture related topics I hope you will find useful. Educational programs, continuing education units (CEU’s), research, result demonstrations, and more will be posted on a regular basis.
Working hand-in-hand with its Texas A&M System partners, the state legislature, and the communities it serves, the mission of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service to serve Texans through community-based education has remained unchanged for almost a century.
With a vast network of 250 county Extension offices and some 900 professional educators, the expertise provided by AgriLife Extension is available to every resident in every Texas county. But Extension educators are well-aware that a program offered in Dallas might not be relevant in the Rio Grande Valley. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension custom-designs its programs to different areas of the state, significantly depending on residents for input and program delivery.
The mission of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension is a seemingly simple one: improving the lives of people, businesses, and communities across Texas and beyond through high-quality, relevant education. Carrying out this mission, however, is a massive undertaking. One that requires the commitment of each and every one of the agency’s employees. Through the programs these employees provide, Texans are better prepared to:
- eat well, stay healthy, manage money, and raise their children to be successful adults.
- efficiently help themselves through preventing problems and using tools for economic stability and security.
- improve stewardship of the environment and of the state’s natural resources.
Today’s AgriLife Extension is known for its leadership, dedication, expertise, responsiveness, and trustworthiness. Texans turn to AgriLife Extension for solutions, and its agents and specialists respond not only with answers, but with a significant return on investment to boost the Texas economy.
Nine-banded Armadillo doing dinner in the Live Oak community surrounding Welder Wildlife Complex by Anna Livia https://naturetourism.tamu.edu/2011/09/07/where-the-wild-things-are-at-welder/ Ag Biz News Column Chad Gulley County Extension Agent –Ag/NR Smith County Armadillos Have you noticed digging in your lawn, garden or flower beds? You could have armadillos rooting around looking for food. Proper identification of the animal causing the damage to your lawn or garden can help you decide what to go to mitigate the damage. Armadillos weigh between 8 to 17 pounds and can be around 30… Read More →
Ag Biz News Column Chad Gulley County Extension Agent –Ag/NR Smith County Ticks Ticks are biting pests that can affect pets, livestock and humans alike. Lone star ticks live in wooded areas with underbrush, along creeks and rivers near animal resting places. The brown dog tick is the most common tick in urban areas. Ticks can belong to either of two family groups: “hard ticks” (Ixodidae) and “soft ticks” (Argasidae). Ticks develop through four stages: egg; six-legged larva or “seed ticks”; an eight-legged nymph; and adult. Adult… Read More →
Ag Biz News Column Chad Gulley County Extension Agent –Ag/NR Smith County What is a Weed? The name “weed” has usually been associated with plants, both native and of foreign origin, that are not desirable. From the agronomic standpoint, a weed is described as “a plant that can cause economic loss in a production unit.” Many gardeners and home landscape managers view a weed as a “plant growing out of place.” Still others view a weed as a “plant whose virtue has yet to be discovered.”… Read More →
Ag Biz News Column Chad Gulley County Extension Agent –Ag/NR Smith County Vegetable Gardening in Containers Do you want to grow vegetables in your garden however you find that space is limited or insufficient to do so? Container gardening may be an option for you. Growing vegetables in containers in a window sill, patio, or a balcony may provide enough space for a productive mini-garden. Container gardening is also a good way to introduce children to vegetable gardening. Crop selection is an important consideration for any… Read More →