NETLA Show Coming Up in February
Jan28

NETLA Show Coming Up in February

The annual NETLA Junior Market Show and Sale is coming up in late February.  Hopkins County AgriLife Extension Agent Dr. Mario Villarino was a guest on KSST’s Good Morning Show with Enola Gay Wednesday morning and he talked about the important task of validating students’ projects. Enola also talked with Sulphur Springs Middle School 8th Grader Brianna Sales who will be showing a steer in this year’s NETLA Show....

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Mario Villarino on Spring Gardening
Jan28

Mario Villarino on Spring Gardening

I often get questions related to gardening and more specific about certain crops. As an avid gardener will recognize, there is no way to know everything about every vegetable available to the gardeners today. However, good principles apply to both familiar and new vegetables for you to try. As our weather starts to warm up, so is the excitement of gardening. Our friend from Aggie horticulture (Hansen et al) reminded us that...

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Three Things to Do With Your Frustration
Jan28

Three Things to Do With Your Frustration

Three Things to Do With Your Frustration When was the last time you felt frustrated?  How did you handle it?  We all feel frustration at some point in our lives for various reasons.  Frustration is like a coin; a big, chunky silver dollar!  You can tighten your grip around it so tightly that it makes your knuckles white.  You can shove it in your pocket and feel the weight it creates as you try to walk about.   It’s like a clunky...

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Heart Smart Nutrition
Jan22

Heart Smart Nutrition

With February, National Heart Health Month quickly approaching, I wanted to get a jump start on some timely information.  Engage in daily physical activity to improve your health.  Physical activity increases your metabolic rate, which helps to burn more calories. Plus it helps the heart and lungs function to full capacity.  Exercise also helps raise the body’s blood level of HDL “good” cholesterol.  Burn extra calories, and balance...

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Preparing the Lawn for Summer
Jan20

Preparing the Lawn for Summer

Many gardeners are patiently awaiting for temperatures to begin to warm up. During our winter period, is important to prepare our lawns for the springs season. Walking in a green fresh lawn barefooted is one of the first joy of the springs arrival. However, there is nothing more frustrating than walking in a lawn and run into some burrs. Those little seed pods hurt and can turn an otherwise pleasant experience into a painful one. The...

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Second-Hand Smoke and E-Cigarettes – Bad News
Jan15

Second-Hand Smoke and E-Cigarettes – Bad News

I recently had the opportunity to exhibit some visuals and distribute fliers on the topic of smoking and second-hand smoke at a health fair.  This is a touchy subject for many who have smoked for years and have no intention of quitting, while others know the dangers but simply choose not to quit or have tried to quit but were unsuccessful in their attempts. Whichever the case may be,  there are some health problems associated with...

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Getting Prepared During Cold Weather By Dr. Mario Villarino
Jan14

Getting Prepared During Cold Weather By Dr. Mario Villarino

Recently we delivered poultry projects for our NETLA participants and discussed proper care of those chickens. Young chickens are very sensitive to cold and cannot tolerate temperatures below 90 degrees.  During the day, I visited several retailers looking for heating lamps and found out several places without heating lamps. This reminded me about the importance of being prepared for severe cold weather. EDEN, an emergency...

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Extension Service is the “Go-to” Place for Opportunities
Jan07

Extension Service is the “Go-to” Place for Opportunities

Are you or someone you know getting married in 2015?  Do you want to learn to sew?  Do you want to make an impact in the lives of others by being a volunteer?  If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, we have the solution!  Recently, a visitor came into my office to discuss a particular topic and stated, “I had no idea that this office offered so much!”  While that was a compliment, it was also a wake-up call.  Texas A&M...

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Risk in cattle production
Jan07

Risk in cattle production

As a beef producer, you invest time and money in a project, either a cow/calf pair or steer production and run into risk by the time the product is finalized. Risk is any factor that can potentially make you lose money in a particular project. In a recent publication from Texas AgriLife Extension related to stress, Nykole Kafka indicated that farming and ranching can be stressful professions, and that stress can have a...

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Texas A&M Agrilife Sets a Marriage Education Workshop
Jan06
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