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.
Ag Biz News Column Chad Gulley County Extension Agent –Ag/NR Smith County Small Acreage Opportunities You may ask, what determines a small acreage operation? Any landowner that does not feel their property is not large enough to compete with larger landowners in the same areas of interest. You may also ask, how can I make a difference? If managed properly, your small acreage Agriculture ventures can be very successful as well as very competitive. Small acreage operations may range from 5 to 100 acres; many… Read More →
(Photos from Aggie Horticulture, Galveston County http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston ) Ag Biz News Column Chad Gulley County Extension Agent –Ag/NR Smith County Spiders around the Home Ask people what they are afraid of and in many cases spiders rank in the top of the list. Most spiders, however, are considered beneficial and cause no harm to humans. Spiders help keep flies and plant feeding insects under control. Spiders are arachnids and are more closely related to mites and scorpions than to insects. Most spiders have eight simple eyes… Read More →
Ag Biz News Column Chad Gulley County Extension Agent –Ag/NR Smith County Are they Bees or are they Wasps? When people think about bees, they typically think honey bees or bumble bees. In reality, there are almost 3,500 species of bees in North America. As with any other insect, proper identification is important to know what species you have around your home or property. It is also important to know the habits of these insects to help determine what species you might have. Many of our local bee… Read More →
Ag Biz News Column Chad Gulley County Extension Agent –Ag/NR Smith County Rebuilding the Beef Herd Drought presents unique and difficult management decisions when it comes to raising livestock. The drought has caused many in the livestock industry to relocate or even liquidate cattle herds around Texas. As producers begin to look to expand their cattle herds in the next several years, have a plan in place to do so correctly. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Livestock Specialists have indicated the smaller cow inventory combined with high input… Read More →