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 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 →
Ag Biz News Column Chad Gulley County Extension Agent—Ag/NR Smith County Texas Master Naturalist The Texas Master Naturalist™ program is a partnership between the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department that has resulted in a unique master volunteer organization. The mission of the Texas Master Naturalist™ program is to develop a corps of well-informed volunteers to provide education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities. Many communities and organizations rely… Read More →
Beef Cattle shortcourse poster 2014 Please click on the above link to access the program flyer.
Ag Biz News Column Chad Gulley County Extension Agent –Ag/NR Smith County Cold Weather Livestock Stewardship Cold weather can be stressful to our livestock just as it can be to us. Cold weather livestock stewardship is something farmers and ranchers spend a great deal of time on this time of year. Farmers and ranchers do not get a day off work just because it is icy or there is snow on the ground. Livestock require energy, protein, minerals, and vitamins in their diets. Many factors affect… Read More →
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 →