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

Writer: Susan Himes, 325-657-7315, Contact: Emily Grant, 830-774-7591, 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, Contact: Dr. Larry Redmon, 979-845-4826, 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, Contact: Dr. Todd Sink, 979-845-7471, 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 →

Preparing for spring planting, CEU ‘shootout’ program set Dec. 18 in Leming

Writer: Paul Schattenberg, 210-859-5752, Contact: Dale Rankin, 830-569-0034, LEMING – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Atascosa County, in collaboration with the Atascosa Cattlemen’s Association, will present the Preparing for Next Spring on the Farm and Ranch and CEU Shootout program Dec. 18 in Leming. The program will be held at the AgriLife Extension office for Atascosa County, 25 E. 5th St. Cost is $30 and an RSVP is requested by Dec.10 to the AgriLife Extension office at 830-569-0034. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m…. Read More →

Birding the Hills program set for April 29-May 3

Texas Hill Country birding event will focus on Gillespie County Writer: Paul Schattenberg, 210-859-5752, Contact: Dr. Maureen Frank, 830-278-9151, FREDERICKSBURG — The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will present a Birding the Hills program in Gillespie County from April 29-May 3. “We decided to plan this program after the success of Birding the Border in Val Verde and Kinney counties last year,” said Dr. Maureen Frank, AgriLife Extension wildlife specialist, Uvalde. “Gillespie County is in the heart of the Texas Hill Country and this program allows… Read More →

Birding the Border and Birding the Hills – Register Now!

Birding the Border begins April 22nd-April 26th, 2019  in Val Verde County, a fantastic birding event in the borderlands of southwest Texas! Traveling through the Edwards Plateau, South Texas Brush, and other unique habitats of the Del Rio area to find target species such as golden-cheeked warbler, black-capped vireo, white-collared seedeater, black-tailed gnatcatcher, elf owl, and all three species of kingfisher. Then join us in Gillespie County, April 29th-May 3rd, 2019 in the heart of the Texas Hill Country and the Edwards Plateau ecoregion. We will travel through… Read More →

CCA Texas Advocacy Director and Assistant Director visited the ARTF

CCA Texas Advocacy Director Shane Bonnot and CCA Texas Assistant Director Drew Adams visited the ARTF on Wednesday, November 14.  ARTF faculty and staff had the opportunity to visit with CCA Texas representatives and share the latest in TAMU research in fisheries and aquaculture.  Much common ground was found in the missions of the two agencies and a good time was had by all.  You can hear more of the conversation on CCA’s podcast here:   Dr. Todd Sink introduces CCA Texas Advocacy Director Shane Bonnot and… Read More →

Registration open for Birding the Border program

April 22-26 program to feature sites in Kinney, Val Verde counties Writer: Paul Schattenberg, 210-859-5752, Contact: Dr. Maureen Frank, 830-278-9151, Emily Grant, 830-774-7591, DEL RIO – Registration is open for the Birding the Border program to be presented by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service from April 22-26 at locations in Kinney and Val Verde counties. Birding locations include sites at private ranches, Devil’s River State Natural Area and Kickapoo Caverns State Park, San Felipe Creek and Vega Verde Road. The Birding the Border program is for… Read More →

Integrated pest management CEU program set for Nov. 7 in Nacogdoches

Contact: Ricky Thompson, 936-560-7711, NACOGDOCHES – A continuing education course for agriculture producers, workers, landowners and ranchers will be held Nov. 7 in Nacogdoches. Registration begins at 8 a.m. inside the Nacogdoches Expo Center, 3805 NW Stallings Drive. The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service course begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. Cost is $30 for attendees registered by Nov. 1 and $35 on the day of the event. Mail registration to the AgriLife Extension office in Nacogdoches County, 203 W. Main St., Nacogdoches, 75961…. Read More →

Texas Crop and Weather Report – Sept. 25, 2018

Reduced wildlife numbers expected going into hunting season Writer: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, Contact: Dr. John Tomecek, 325-650-3520, THRALL – Drought conditions throughout much of the state this summer likely will mean lower wildlife numbers this hunting season, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Dr. John Tomecek, AgriLife Extension statewide wildlife specialist, Thrall, said deer, quail and turkey numbers would likely be affected. Fewer forbs and reduced nutritional value in browse and other food crops along with typical predation are contributing factors, he said. Hunters… Read More →

Menard County Range Workshop set for Oct. 3

Media contact: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, MENARD – The 2018 Menard County Range Workshop sponsored by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Menard County Soil and Water Conservation District is set for Oct. 3 at the Murchison/Whitehead Memorial Youth Complex, 190 W. U.S. Highway 190 in Menard. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with the program starting at 8 a.m. Cost is $25 per person or $35 per couple. Lunch is included and sponsored by Capital Farm Credit. Five Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units will… Read More →