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Range, brush program set for July 8 in Brown County

Susan Himes, 325-657-7315, Susan.Himes@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Scott Anderson,  325-646-0386, Scott.Anderson@ag.tamu.edu BROWNWOOD — The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s  Brown County Range and Brush Program will be held July 8 at the Brown County Fairgrounds, 4206 U.S. Highway 377 S. in Brownwood. Registration will begin at 2:30 p.m., with the program running from 3-8 p.m. A meal will be provided. The fee is $35 with preregistration or $45 at the door. Preregistration is requested by July 1 by calling 325-646-0386. Five Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units are available for… Read More →

Pond maintenance boosts performance, prevents catastrophes

COLLEGE STATION – Pond health and maintenance should be a top priority for landowners who want to get the most out of their favorite fishing hole, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Dr. Todd Sink, AgriLife Extension aquaculture specialist, College Station, said maintaining ponds is critical to increasing fish productivity and avoiding fish kills. Environmental factors like declining dissolved oxygen during peak summer months or inhospitable pH and alkalinity levels can lead to major problems in stock ponds, Sink said. “Summer is coming,” he said. “Right… Read More →

Aquaponics program June 14 in Overton

OVERTON – Hobbyists and prospective aquaponics enthusiasts can learn from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts about aquaponics and aquaculture during a June 14 program in Overton. The program will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 1710 Farm-to-Market Road 3053. Cost is $60 per person or $80 per couple. Registration is on-site beginning at 7:30 a.m. and checks or cash will be accepted at the door. Lunch is not provided at this event. Dr. Joe Masabni, AgriLife… Read More →

AgriLife Extension’s Birding the Hills set Oct. 7-11 in Fredericksburg

Writer: Susan Himes, 325-657-7315, Susan.Himes@ag.tamu.edu Contacts: Emily Grant, 830-774-7591, Emily.Grant@ag.tamu.edu Brad W. Roeder, 830-997-3452,  BWRoeder@ag.tamu.edu FREDERICKSBURG — The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is holding a multi-day birding workshop Oct. 7-11 in Fredericksburg. Birding the Hills will be limited to 15 participants. Online registration is available at https://valverdeextension.ticketleap.com/birding-the-hills/. The total cost is $850, with $500 required to reserve a spot. The cost includes lunch and dinner while in the field and transportation to and from the birding locations in the Edwards Plateau ecoregion. Departures each morning will be… Read More →

AgriLife Extension to present Texas Game Species series in San Antonio

Programs will be July through September at agency office for Bexar County SAN ANTONIO – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will present the Urban Wildlife Series “Texas Game Species” July through September in San Antonio. The six programs of the series, sponsored by the Bexar County Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee, will be held at the agency’s office in the Conroy Square business complex, 3355 Cherry Ridge Dr. Each will be held from 10 a.m.-noon in Suite 208 of the complex. The cost is $30 for the… Read More →

Texas Master Naturalist intern training to begin April 6 in Amarillo

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Megan Eikner, 806-373-0713, megan.eikner@ag.tamu.edu AMARILLO – Anyone interested in spending time outdoors and helping manage natural resources and natural areas can sign up for the next Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Texas Master Naturalist training class set to begin April 6. The Texas Master Naturalist program is a collaborative effort between AgriLife Extension and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, said Megan Eikner, AgriLife Extension agriculture and natural resources agent for Potter County. Enrollment fee is $95, and the first class will… Read More →

Texas Invasive Species Workshop set April 17 at Sutton County Civic Center

Writer: Susan Himes, 325-657-7315, Susan.Himes@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Pascual Hernandez, 325-387-3101, Pascual.Hernandez@ag.tamu.edu   Feral hogs are just one of the many invasive species that can be problematic for Texas farms and ranches. (AgriLife Extension photo by Kay Ledbetter) SONORA — The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service offices in Sutton and Crockett counties will present a Texas Invasive Species Workshop on April 17 at the Sutton County Civic Center, 1700 N. Crockett Ave., Sonora. Onsite registration is at 8 a.m., and the program will begin at 8:30 a.m. Three Texas Department… Read More →

AgriLife Extension’s Brown County Ag Day set April 9 in Brownwood

Writer: Susan Himes, 325-657-7315, Susan.Himes@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Scott Anderson, 325-646-0386, Scott.Anderson@ag.tamu.edu BROWNWOOD — The annual Brown County Ag Day program, presented by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, is scheduled for April 9 at the Brown County Fairgrounds, 4206 US Highway 377 South, Brownwood. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m., and the program starts at 6 p.m. with a meal courtesy of the Brown County Farm Bureau. The Brown County Ag Day is open to all. The fee is $10 at the door. Preregistration is requested by April 5 at… Read More →

AgriLife Extension’s Benefiting from Birds workshop set March 27 in Del Rio

Writer: Susan Himes, 325-657-7315, Susan.Himes@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Emily Grant, 830-774-7591, Emily.Grant@ag.tamu.edu Quail is one of the many species of birds that draw nature tourists to Texas. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo) DEL RIO — The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is holding a Benefiting from Birds workshop on March 27 at the Dink Wardlaw Ag Complex, 300 E. 17th St. in Del Rio. There is a $25 fee, which includes dinner. RSVP by calling 830-774-7591. This is the first educational program in a three-program series, the other two… Read More →

Hill Country land stewardship conference set April 25-26 in Kerrville

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Larry Redmon, 979-845-4826, l-redmon@tamu.edu KERRVILLE – The Hill Country has its own special needs when it comes to managing livestock and wildlife and incorporating the millions of individuals who come to vacation, hunt and relax in the ranching environments. The sixth annual Hill Country Land Stewardship Conference hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service April 25-26 in Kerrville offers a chance for landowners in the region to learn more about addressing issues that arise when ranching and tourism combine, said… Read More →

Expert: Changes in aquaculture have consumers landing ‘higher value’ fish

Writer: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, adam.russell@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Todd Sink, 979-845-7471, todd.sink@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Consumer trends continue to drive an industry change from traditional aquaculture species like catfish to higher value species including redfish and hybrid striped bass, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Redfish are trending upward in price and consumer demand along with other alternative species like hybrid striped bass compared to traditional aquaculture species like catfish. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Dr. Todd Sink) Dr. Todd Sink, AgriLife Extension aquaculture… Read More →

Wildlife 101 Program

Do you ever feel like you need a Wildlife for DUMMIES Book? Dr. Maureen Frank, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Specialist, will save you the reading! She will be on the Texas A&M AgirLife Extension – Val Verde County Facebook Page LIVE to share her knowledge about wildlife! Tune in on Facebook every Wednesday at 6:30pm and also get a chance to enter to win a pair of Vortex Crossfire Binoculars! Wildlife 101 Program Guide January 23 @ 6:30 PM – Deer 101 January 30 @ 6:30 PM –… Read More →

Experimental System to Test Larval Flounder Live Feed Enrichments

Master’s student, Grayson Clark, and Research Associate Brian Ray spent 2 days in Corpus Christi this week, at the TPWD CCA Marine Development Center, setting up an experimental system to test larval flounder live feed enrichments as part of the SRAC grant the Aquacultural Research and Teaching Facility was awarded last fall. See the original story here. They plan for the system to be stocked with new hatched larval flounder from TPWD Sea Center Texas on January 21. Dr. Ivonne Blandon is working with ARTF personnel to run… Read More →

Southern Flounder Clones: A Potential Remedy for a Species in Decline

   Southern flounder are “floundering” as wild population densities decline. One of the big three sportfish in Texas, along with redfish and spotted seatrout, southern flounder are a sought after gamefish of commercial and recreational importance. Due to overharvest, accidental bycatch, water temperature rise and other factors, the flounder numbers are declining in Texas waterways.  Along with Texas Parks and Wildlife, Texas A&M University’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Dr. Todd Sink and graduate research assistant Elizabeth Silvy have developed a methodology that may aid stock enhancement programs… Read More →

USDA Southern Regional Aquaculture Center Grant to evaluate probiotics in finfish hatcheries

Lead scientists, Dr. Delbert Gatlin from TAMU and Dr. Mike Frinsko from North Carolina State, along with cooperators from Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, University of Alabama at Birmingham, NCSU Raleigh and Texas Agrilife Extension (Dr. Todd Sink), have recently been awarded a grant from the USDA Southern Regional Aquaculture Center to evaluate probiotics in finfish hatcheries to improve larval production. Trials to determine the effectiveness of various probiotics and prebiotics in larval production will be performed with southern flounder, red drum, and striped bass. The portion of… Read More →