Professional Ag Workers Annual Hay Show and Sale
Sep26
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USDA Under Secretary for Farm at the AgriLife Extension Office Friday
Sep26

USDA Under Secretary for Farm at the AgriLife Extension Office Friday

Michael T. Scuse, USDA Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services, conducted a stakeholders meeting in Sulphur Springs Friday morning at the AgriLife Extension Office. Scuse said his purpose was to discuss the rolling out of programs of interest to row crop farmers in the new Farm Bill and to visit with producers and representatives of various ag sectors to hear from...

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Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Offers On-line Classes

Many of you are aware of the excellent programs, workshops, camps, seminars, and special events that Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service offers in Hopkins County, but did you know that we offer so much more?  The Family and Consumer Sciences distance learning website offers online courses that are convenient, flexible, affordable, and based on the latest research.  Courses are available for professionals seeking to fulfill...

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Fuzzy bugs in Hopkins County: Woolly Aphids are the culprit

During early last week, I got several phone calls related to fuzzy white bugs falling from the sky. Early this week, a concerned citizen brought to the Hopkins County Extension Office a tree sample in a glass jar with woolly aphids (Family Eriosomatinae). According to Dr. Mike Merchant, Urban Entomologist and Extension Specialist, pointed out (Aug. 2012): Control is probably not necessary unless the honeydew is becoming unacceptable,...

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Building a Foundation for Your Child’s Literacy Development

Learning to read and write are skills that are essential to a child’s success in school and later life.  As a parent, you play a vital role in providing guidance, instruction, and opportunities for learning that will help him or her develop the skills needed to be successful both academically and socially.  Dr. Stephen Green, Associate Professor and Extension Child Development Specialist with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service,...

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Fungal Infections After Sporadic Rain
Sep16

Fungal Infections After Sporadic Rain

I love rain. There is a special joy to see rain dripping from trees and plants during warm weather days.  Our fields and country side benefit from the rain producing growth. Insects also respond to the humidity by hatching and multiplying. Fungi, and its relatives, the molds also respond to the rain by multiplying. It was common to see the reproductive stages of fungi growing even over manicured lawns in our square, product of...

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Dallisgrass Infestation in Hopkins County by Mario Villarino DVM, Ph.D.
Sep10

Dallisgrass Infestation in Hopkins County by Mario Villarino DVM, Ph.D.

During the last few week, I have visited some hay meadows in Hopkins County infested with Dallisgrass. For some, Dallisgrass was not recognized because either the ranchers never seen it before or was never seen in their pastures. According to UC Davis IPM website, Dallisgrass, Paspalum dilatatum, is a tufted perennial grass that was introduced into the United States from Uruguay and Argentina. It is now naturalized in much of the...

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Diabetes Event

AgriLife Extension Agent Johanna Hicks is involved in several events in the months ahead. There will be a Diabetes Academy Wednesday at the Extension Office starting at 9:30 a.m. Ms. Hicks says a diabetic’s educator will be available for an hour or hour and a half to answer questions about diabetes. There is no charge....

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Hay, Bees and Livestock Shows
Sep06

Hay, Bees and Livestock Shows

A livestock show for 4H and FFA students is taking place Saturday in the Civic Center Arena. AgriLife Extension Agent Dr. Mario Villarino says it’s a good chance for youths to practice and polish their skills in showing animals to get ready for the livestock showing season. Youths can show lambs, goats, heifers and steers. http://www.ksstradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Fall-Youth-Livestock-Show.mp3 Dr. Villarino says there will...

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