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May 19, 2017
AgriLife Livestock Guardian Dog Study Numbers are In
Results show promise for ancient predator control method for sheep, goats
SAN ANGELO – The numbers are in from a yearlong experiment pitting 18 inexperienced young livestock guardian dogs and their neophyte dog-handling owners against a hoard of native sheep and goat predators ranging over thousands of West Texas acres.

May 17, 2017
80th Annual Wool and Mohair Show set June 13-15 in Sonora
SONORA – The 80th annual Wool and Mohair Show set for June 13-15 in the Sutton County 4-H Civic Center, 1700 N. Crockett Street in Sonora, has some changes in store, an official said.

May 12, 2017
Registration open for Statewide Quail Symposium August 16-18 in Abilene
ABILENE – The Statewide Quail Symposium is set for August 16-18 in Abilene and registration is now open, organizers said.

May 12, 2017
Lubbock AgriLife Research Soil Scientist Seeks Optimum Soil Fertility Solutions
LUBBOCK – Dr. Katie Lewis is going for the triple-whammy against negative soil fertility issues on the Texas High Plains.

May 10, 2017
South Plains Bug Scout School set May 25 in Lubbock
LUBBOCK – The South Plains Scout School conducted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will be May 25 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 1102 E. Farm-to-Market Road 1294, Lubbock.

May 3, 2017
New Sugarcane Aphid Early Warning System Debuts
AgriLife Extension effort monitors pests’ seasonal movement
DALLAS – A minuscule pest few Texas farmers had ever heard of three years ago has quickly gained notoriety as the most important insect pest of grain and forage sorghum in Texas, said an expert entomologist.

May 2, 2017
Ranchers Roundup: Managing Range and Livestock Pests slated for May 24 in Sonora
SONORA Ranchers Roundup-Managing Range and Livestock Pests will be conducted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service May 24 at the Sutton County Civic Center, 1700 N. Crockett St. in Sonora.

April 26, 2017
Coleman County Field Crops Program, Tour set May 12
COLEMAN – The Coleman County Field Crops Program and Field Tour is set for May 12 in Coleman.

April 25, 2017
AgriLife Extension sets May 25 Nolan County Beef Cattle Program
ROSCOE – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct a beef cattle conference from 6:00-8:00 p.m., May 25, at the Roscoe STEM Center, 12822 N. Interstate Highway 20, Roscoe.

April 21, 2017
Aquatic ‘Passenger Pigeon’ Shiner Found Swimming in the Rio Grande
COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Kevin Conway is ecstatic.  Conway, a Texas A&M AgriLife Research wildlife and fisheries scientist at College Station, is part of a joint team of researchers from Texas A&M University and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department who, after years of searching, recently collected a rare fish from the Rio Grande.

April 17, 2017
AgriLife Extension sets Backyard Basics Series in San Angelo
SAN ANGELO – Aspiring urban farmers can learn everything they need to get off to a good start at the upcoming Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Backyard Basics series this May in San Angelo.

April 17, 2017
AgriLife Research Scientist on a Mission to Save Soil
LUBBOCK – To we mere mortals, soil is a nonrenewable resource; a resource, which in hot, dry often windy West Texas can easily vanish in a cloud of dust, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Research soil scientist at Lubbock.

April 13, 2017
Dual Agency Rangeland Conference set for May 12 in Kerrville
KERRVILLE – Texas A&M AgriLife and the U.S. Forest Service will conduct a conference called Strategic Supplementation Strategies to Enhance Texas Rangelands and Reduce Livestock Production Costs on May 12 in Kerrville.

March 31, 2017
AgriLife Extension sets Lunch Horticulture Series in Sweetwater
SWEETWATER – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct a Lunch and Learn Horticulture Series in Sweetwater in April and May, said Zach Wilcox, the agency’s agent in Nolan County.

March 28, 2017
AgriLife Extension Staffer, Nancy McDonald, Assumes New Post
LUBBOCK — Nancy McDonald was named the Better Living for Texans regional program manager for the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s 42-county North Region, effective March 20. 

March 24, 2017
New Cotton Technologies Add to Grower Responsibilities
LUBBOCK – From a cotton farming standpoint, it may be more important now than ever to know your surroundings, said a pair of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialists at Lubbock.

March 23, 2017
Mark Calendars Now for Two Sheep, Goat Educational Events set August 18-19 in San Angelo
SAN ANGELO – It’s not too early to mark your calendar for two days of sheep and goat educational events on August 18-19 in San Angelo.

March 21, 2017
Brown County sets AgriLife Extension Lunch-N-Learn Horticulture Series
BROWNWOOD – It’s officially spring and with it comes the annual Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Lunch-N-Learn Horticulture Series in Brownwood.

March 10, 2017
AgriLife Research Cotton Pathologist Pursues a Mystery

LUBBOCK – Dr. Terry Wheeler and her colleagues are embroiled in a mystery.

March 6, 2017
West Texas Bees Doubt Groundhog’s Extended Winter Prediction
SAN ANGELO – SPLAT! West Texas honey bees are on the move, so motorists shouldn’t be surprised if their windshields are strafed by a hapless swarm in coming weeks, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service entomologist.

March 1, 2017
Annual AgriLife Ram Test Joins Sheep, Goat Expo Slated for August 18-19
SAN ANGELO—Even after 70 years the annual Texas A&M AgriLife Ram Performance Test is not averse to change, organizers said.


February 14, 2017
Cotton Variety Selection Time is Here
LUBBOCK – When it comes to making a cotton crop, selecting the right planting variety is the most important decision a cotton farmer will make all year, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service cotton entomologist.

February 6, 2017
AgriLife Extension Names Gonzales to South Plains Integrated Pest Management Post
MULESHOE – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has hired John David Gonzales as the new integrated pest management agent for Bailey, Castro and Parmer counties.

February 2, 2017
QuailMasters 2017 Registration Moved Up a Month
SAN ANGELO – The QuailMasters 2017 workshop registration deadline has been moved up a month to March 10 and the sessions and locations are secured, said Dr. Dale Rollins, statewide coordinator for Texas A&M AgriLife’s Reversing the Decline of Quail Initiative at San Angelo.

February 2, 2017
Texas Cattle Fever Ticks are Back with a Vengeance
COLLEGE STATION– Texas cattle fever ticks, which made Texas longhorns the pariah of the plains in the late 1800s, are once again expanding their range with infestations detected in Live Oak, Willacy and Kleberg counties, said Texas A&M AgriLife experts.

February 1, 2017
Mendez Named to AgriLife Extension Parmer County Post
BOVINA – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has named Sergio Mendez the new agriculture and natural resources agent in Parmer County.


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