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.
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Ag Biz News Column Chad Gulley County Extension Agent –Ag/NR Smith County Aquatic Weed Management Farm ponds offer land owners many things. Farm ponds offer a source of water for wildlife and livestock, family recreation, and for some a food source in the fish raised. As with any pest or weed problem, proper identification of the weed is essential to insure adequate control measures are being used. Aquatic weeds can be a huge problem in some farm ponds and add to your frustration of trying to catch… Read More →
Ag Biz News Column Chad Gulley County Extension Agent –Ag/NR Smith County Estray Livestock From time to time, livestock may get out of the fenced pasture or area they are being kept. The Texas Agriculture Code, Title 6, Subtitle B, Chapter 142 provides details of how estray cattle are to be handled. Many times when cattle are out on the highway, the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) are the first ones called. Texas State law in section 142.003 states, “the owner of the private property or… Read More →
Ag Biz News Column Chad Gulley County Extension Agent –Ag/NR Smith County Grass Carp Landowners with farm ponds look at various options to control weeds in the pond. Grass carp may offer biological control of some unwanted aquatic vegetation. Grass carp may be a good option for some, but stocking grass carp requires a permit application process. Vegetation in a pond can be important in maintaining good fish communities. Vegetation can also provide food for other wildlife species. If we have too much growth of certain aquatic plants,… Read More →
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 →