A year in review: 2017 Hopkins County Youth Science of Agriculture By Mario Villarino
Dec15

A year in review: 2017 Hopkins County Youth Science of Agriculture By Mario Villarino

Relevance: As today’s youth are further removed from farming, their understanding of the importance of agriculture and how it impacts their daily lives diminishes. This Science of Agriculture (Ag Literacy/Awareness) program targets 4th grade students and teachers in Rains, Hopkins, Delta, Wood and Franklin Counties. The plan provided the following educational components: Educational support materials on Science of Agriculture,...

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Year in Review – Skills Camp By Johanna Hicks
Dec15

Year in Review – Skills Camp By Johanna Hicks

                This is the third in a series of summaries for Extension programming.  Many people are not aware of the vast array of resources and opportunities that are offered through Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, so I hope you are enjoying reading these summaries!  Today’s column features Skills Camp. Relevance: According to Kids’ Count Data Center, 2015 statistics, the percentages of Texas children by the household’s head...

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Partnerships and Team Work: A common trend in youth and adult education By Mario Villarino
Nov24

Partnerships and Team Work: A common trend in youth and adult education By Mario Villarino

During the third week of November, I got the opportunity to participate on the fourth and last session of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Leadership Workshop sponsored by the San Antonio Livestock Association. The 2016-2017 San Antonio Leadership Exposition (SALE-LE XII) training was conceptually designed to provide evidence of real experiences when leadership was executed. Recognizable or not, humans organize ourselves in teams...

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Healthy Holiday Meals By Johanna Hicks
Nov24

Healthy Holiday Meals By Johanna Hicks

Basic Recipe Alterations for More Healthful Holiday Meals                 Thanksgiving weekend is a great time to stop and reflect on blessings.  It is also a great time to think about your own health and good nutrition.  Holiday meals can be healthier and taste just as good by using some basic recipe substitutions or alterations.  The sugar, fat, or sodium content of almost any holiday recipe can be reduced without a noticeable...

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Happy Thanksgiving from our Staff! By Johanna Hicks
Nov17

Happy Thanksgiving from our Staff! By Johanna Hicks

               Recently, I had the privilege of leading a discussion on cooking with winter squash – butternut and acorn, in particular.  I demonstrated a recipe that is rich in vitamin A and C, as well as being a good source of fiber and deliciousness!  The recipe is a delightful accompaniment to any meal, but especially appropriate for Thanksgiving.  Enjoy this recipe at your Thanksgiving meal, and from our staff to you, have a...

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What’s on a Food Label? By Johanna Hicks
Nov10

What’s on a Food Label? By Johanna Hicks

What’s on a Food Label? Many of you have probably noticed the new nutrition label that has been approved for packaged and canned foods items.  Some positive changes have been made to highlight the most important aspects of the label.  These changes include increasing the type size for “Calories,” “servings per container,” and the “Serving size” declaration, and bolding the number of calories and the “Serving size” declaration to...

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Trees and Mistletoes By Mario Villarino
Nov10

Trees and Mistletoes By Mario Villarino

Recently, I had the opportunity to revise a plant pathology session for our Master Gardener’s training and I started discussing issues related to parasites of plants. The mistletoe came to the discussion and I want to share with you details about these interesting facts on mistletoes information from the Texas A&M Forest Services: It’s a Christmas tradition. A man has the privilege of kissing a lady who happens to be standing...

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Freeze Damage & How to Spot It By Mario Villarino
Nov03

Freeze Damage & How to Spot It By Mario Villarino

Fall, winter, and spring bring the danger of frosts and freezes to Texas gardens, orchards, and landscapes. Although sporadic and unpredictable, these cold spells have left their mark on horticulture in Texas by wiping out peach crops, freezing pecans in their shucks, forcing the replanting of spring vege­tables, killing valuable landscape plants, and necessi­tating the replacement of beloved avocado, citrus, and fig trees. Home...

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Walk and Talk Reaches Half-way Point By Johanna Hicks
Nov03

Walk and Talk Reaches Half-way Point By Johanna Hicks

Walk & Talk Reaches Half-way Point Several years ago, an initiative was created to encourage individuals to get up and get active.  “Walk Across Texas” is designed to inspire physical activity and comradery among teams of up to eight people with the ultimate goal of logging 833 miles (distance from Beaumont to El Paso) during an 8-week period.  The on-line link allows participants to calculate miles according to the type of...

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2017 Fall Festival Creative Arts Best of Show: Winners Announced
Oct31

2017 Fall Festival Creative Arts Best of Show: Winners Announced

The 2017 Fall Festival Creative Arts Contest had 180 entries. All blue ribbon entries were judged for Best of Show in age and category. In cases where two entries were close, a Reserve Best of Show ribbon was also awarded. Winners for 2017 were: Children (up to age 10):  Creative Crafts: Marilena Reyes, Best of Show  Food Preservation: Kaitlyn Myers , Best of Show and Reserve Best of Show  Handiwork: Marilena Reyes, Best of Show ...

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