State Validation for Heifers/Steers October 14
Sep18

State Validation for Heifers/Steers October 14

State Validation for heifers and county only steers scheduled for October 14, 2019 6:00 to 7:00 PM, Cattleman Veterinary Services. The mission of the youth livestock validation program is to promote a positive youth development environment focused on ensuring rules for livestock exhibition are being followed under the supervision of County Extension Agents and Agricultural Science Teachers. This helps to foster integrity, virtues, and...

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Know Your Native Plants: Pokeweed
Sep04

Know Your Native Plants: Pokeweed

Mario Villarino Submitted By Dr. Mario Villarino, Hopkins County Extension Agent, Ag., N.R. A common native plant setting berries this time of the year is the pokeweed. According to Penn State Extension: the common pokeweed (Phytolacca decandra) is an herbaceous perennial plant that can grow up to 9 feet tall. Mature plants resemble shrubs or young trees. However, the stems are not woody. Pokeweed reproduces from seeds. New leaves and...

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Weed Control By Mario Villarino
Aug21

Weed Control By Mario Villarino

Developed by Dr. Mario A. Villarino, County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources Hopkins County, Texas As we continue our activities in pastures and meadows during this summer season,  here a reminder of fundamentals on weed control from Dr. Vanessa Olsen, forage specialist for Texas A&M agrilife extension: Our human nature is to find...

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Homeowner Maintenance of Aerobic Treatment Units Offered Aug. 21
Aug02

Homeowner Maintenance of Aerobic Treatment Units Offered Aug. 21

By Dr. Mario Villarino, Hopkins County AgriLife Extension Agent for Agriculture  and Natural Resources Homeowner Maintenance of Aerobic Treatment Units will be offered Aug. 21, from, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This course covers the components of an aerobic treatment unit and spray field. Presentations discuss the importance of maintaining an onsite wastewater treatment system, health and safety considerations, basic concepts about the...

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Summer Season: Careful With the Heat! By Mario Villarino 7-9-2019
Jul10

Summer Season: Careful With the Heat! By Mario Villarino 7-9-2019

Developed by Dr. Mario A. Villarino, County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources Hopkins County, Texas The high temperatures of the summer are here to stay for a little while. Learning how to work with high temperatures is critical. According to Texas A&M AgriLife Disaster Education Network, whether you work outdoors in agriculture,...

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Prioritize Garden Activities During Hot Summer Months
Jul04

Prioritize Garden Activities During Hot Summer Months

By Mario Villarino, Texas AgriLife Extension Agent, agriculture and natural resources As temperature in Hopkins County remains warm, it is important to prioritize the activities in the garden. Here some suggestions for July/August by Texas AgriLife Extension: By August many fall vegetable seeds and even small plants may be set out for later production. Be careful to give extra water, and a little shade, to these young plants while...

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The Recent Storms Have Caused Significant Damage to the Tree Population in Hopkins County. By Mario Villarino 6-25-2019
Jun25

The Recent Storms Have Caused Significant Damage to the Tree Population in Hopkins County. By Mario Villarino 6-25-2019

Developed by Dr. Mario A. Villarino, County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources Hopkins County, Texas The recent storms have caused significant damage to the tree population in Hopkins County. It was concerning to me to see how even magnificent trees can be “pulled” from the ground by wind. As we start the recovery phase in our landscapes, the...

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Ranch for Profit Workshop Scheduled June 29
Jun19

Ranch for Profit Workshop Scheduled June 29

By Dr. Mario Villarino, Hopkins County AgriLife Extension Agent, agriculture, natural resources According to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, financial sustainability of a business is measured by the ability to maintain equity and to generate a net after tax positive income and cover withdrawals for owner operator labor and management. The reason withdrawals and distributions are important in evaluation of business sustainability is...

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State Validation For Heifers and Steers Is Saturday, June 22, at Cattleman Veterinary Services
Jun11

State Validation For Heifers and Steers Is Saturday, June 22, at Cattleman Veterinary Services

Mario Villarino By Mario Villarino , DVM, Ph.D., Hopkins County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources The mission of the youth livestock validation program is to promote a positive youth development environment focused on ensuring rules for livestock exhibition are being followed under the supervision of county Extension Agents and agricultural science teachers. This helps to foster integrity, virtues, and values of...

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High waters from floods will drive snakes and rodents into areas they may not venture normally. By Mario Villarino
May08

High waters from floods will drive snakes and rodents into areas they may not venture normally. By Mario Villarino

Developed by Dr. Mario A. Villarino, County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources Hopkins County, Texas High waters from floods will drive snakes and rodents into areas they may not venture normally, such as homes and storage buildings. According to Mississippi State University’s Extension Service anytime a building has been flooded,...

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