Category Archives: Announcements

A Farewell to Friends and Mentors

I have served as Extension Agent- IPM in Terry and Yoakum Counties since June of 2000. When I came to this position, I guess I was a little apprehensive about fulfilling the needs of area growers. The last 14 years have been a tremendous learning experience for me. While cotton may be “King” on the High Plains, many of you know I very much enjoy working in peanut production. In an effort to explorer new challenges and continue to help growers increase productivity, I have accepted a position… Read More →

USDA Officially Announces Sign-Up Date for Farmer and Rancher Disaster Assistance Programs

USDA Officially Announces Sign-Up Date for Farmer and Rancher Disaster Assistance Programs Sign-Up Begins April 15 for Livestock, Honeybee, Fruit Grower Programs WASHINGTON, April 7, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today that farmers and ranchers can sign-up for disaster assistance programs, reestablished and strengthened by the 2014 Farm Bill, beginning Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Quick implementation of the programs has been a top priority for USDA. “These programs will provide long-awaited disaster relief for many livestock producers who have endured significant financial hardship from… Read More →

New mosquito management publication is now available

COLLEGE STATION – Professionals tasked with public health protection now have a new resource to help control disease-carrying mosquitoes thanks to a team of Texas entomologists. “The 66-page ‘Texas Mosquito Management’ manual is the first ever published on our state’s most notorious disease vector,” said Dr. Charles Allen of San Angelo. Allen is Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s entomology program leader, statewide integrated pest management coordinator and associate department head of Texas A&M University’s entomology department. “This manual differs from most of AgriLife Extension’s publications in that it’s… Read More →

IPM Field Scouting Announcement, Terry-Yoakum IPM Program

We are beginning to sign up acres for the 2014 Integrated Pest Management field scouting program. The total enrolled acreage will be limited, therefore sign-up is on a first come, first served basis. The funds paid into the scouting program will go toward paying the scouts wages and mileage. I will hire field scouts (the number depends on acreage/need) that will be sent to an extensive scout training school and will be continually monitored and trained by me, throughout the season. Having a crop advisor/field scout may be… Read More →

AgriLife Extension expert: Complicated farm bill will take homework by producers

AgriLife Extension expert: Complicated farm bill will take homework by producers Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Joe Outlaw, 979-845-3062, joutlaw@tamu.edu AMARILLO – Crop producers may feel like they are back in school when they begin to deal with the new farm bill, because they certainly need to do their homework before going to sign up, according to one Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist. Speaking recently in Amarillo, Dr. Joe Outlaw, co-director of the Agricultural and Food Policy Center at Texas A&M University and an AgriLife… Read More →

Alternative Crops Workshop and Farm Bill Informational Meeting

Alternative Crops Workshop and Farm Bill Informational Meeting Date and Time: March 28, 2014; 8:45 AM Location: 702 East Broadway (Seleta Jane Clubhouse), Brownfield, TX 8:45       Registration 9:00       The Benefits of Crop Rotation- Scott A. Russell, Extension Agent-IPM 9:20       Alternative Crops: Production Overview: Sorghum- Calvin Trostle, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Agronomist 10:00     Farm Bill Update- Jackie Smith, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Economist 11:00     Alternative Crops: Production Overviews #2- Calvin Trostle, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Agronomist 2 Texas Department of Agriculture CEUs (1-IPM, 1-General) will be provided to registered… Read More →

AgriLife Extension sets Turfgrass Management Short Course for April 9 in Lubbock

Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contact: Robert Scott, 806-775-1680, rj-scott@tamu.edu   LUBBOCK – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s Lubbock Ag Committee has set their 2014 Turfgrass Management Short Course for April 9 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Lubbock, located at 1102 E. Farm-to-Market Road 1294. The program will run from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. The primary audience will be professional grounds and landscape managers, but homeowners can also benefit, said Robert Scott, AgriLife Extension agent in Lubbock County. “The short course is an… Read More →

AgriLife Extension workshop to help producers compare crop profitability

Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Jackie Smith, 806-746-6101, j-smith34@tamu.edu LUBBOCK — Producers with an eye for profit can weigh various financial options at an upcoming Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service profitability workshop, said an AgriLife Extension economist. Dr. Jackie Smith, AgriLife Extension economist at Lubbock, said the workshop is slated from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. March 26 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Lubbock, 1102 E. Farm-to-Market Road 1294. “Our objective is to provide producers the tools, data and skills needed to evaluate… Read More →

Georgia Peanut Commission Farm Bill Update

The new Farm Bill (the Agricultural Act of 2014) has raised numerous questions among peanut growers. Here is a link to the Georgia Peanut Commissions webinar discussing the Farm Bill and peanuts: http://www.americanpeanuts.com/. The blog posting dated February 24th, entitled “Farm Bill Webinar Archive” will load a player and the presentation. Be patient, it is about one hour and 40 minutes in length.

Alternative Crop Production Workshop and Farm Bill Informational Meeting, March 28th, Brownfield

Alternative Crops Workshop and Farm Bill Informational Meeting Date and Time: March 28, 2014; 8:45 AM Location: 702 East Broadway (Seleta Jane Clubhouse), Brownfield, TX 8:45       Registration 9:00       The Benefits of Crop Rotation- Scott A. Russell, Extension Agent-IPM 9:20       Alternative Crops: Production Overview: Sorghum- Calvin Trostle, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Agronomist 10:00     Farm Bill Update- Jackie Smith, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Economist 11:00     Alternative Crops: Production Overviews #2- Calvin Trostle, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Agronomist 2 Texas Department of Agriculture CEUs (1-IPM, 1-General) will be provided to registered… Read More →