TSCRA special rangers work with Texas Forest Service to improve communication during wildfires

TSCRA special rangers met with officials from the Texas Forest Service (TFS) at TFS headquarters in College Station Wednesday to discuss the ongoing effort to improve communications during wildfires. The groups are working together to improve landowner and firefighter communication during large, complex wildfires by incorporating TSCRA’s rangers into the state command structure. Read more…

Now is the best time of year to control wild pigs

From now until spring green-up is one of the best times of the year to control wild pigs, due to a number of factors. Dr. Billy Higginbotham, AgriLife Extension fisheries and wildlife specialist, says landowners have the choice of several methods, with some being more successful. Read more…

Winter means cattle producers need to keep closer eye on herds

Cold and wet conditions will compound dangers to cattle, and producers need to keep a closer eye on herds through the time spring grass can be grazed. Drought-shortened hay and grazing mean some cattle are going into the winter thinner than normal. Because of the energy deficiency diet, cattle have used their fat reserves to maintain their body function, thus reducing body condition. This condition becomes very critical as the cattle production cycle moves into the calving period. Read more…

Comprehensive website for Texas economic data and insight unveiled

Texas Comptroller Susan Combs has announced the launch of a new, online resource for Texas economic data, news and analysis. The new website, TheTexasEconomy.org, will help Texas residents, business owners and policymakers connect with economic data in a comprehensive yet easy-to-understand format. Read more…

Checkoff issues annual research update

The beef checkoff’s Research, Education and Innovation (REI) program manages safety, human nutrition and product enhancement research that provides technology and knowledge to all sectors of the beef supply chain to increase understanding of beef products offered to today’s consumer. The checkoff’s annual Research, Education and Innovation Annual Update has been released for 2012. Read more…

Texas crop, weather, for Jan 24. 2012

Thanks to rains, more of Texas transitioned from exceptional to extreme drought, or from severe to moderate, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. But weekly on-the-ground reports from Texas AgriLife Extension Service agents still paint a mixed picture of the general agricultural situation. Read more…