Concho Valley Small Grain Workshop set for Aug. 19 in Lowake

The Concho Valley Small Grain Workshop conducted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is set for Aug. 19 at the Lowake Community Center in Lowake, TX.

The community center is the red brick school building at 23860 Farm-to-Market Road 381. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. followed by the program from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

“Wheat is second only to cotton in the Concho Valley with an average annual value of about $23.3 million in cash receipts,” said Josh Blanek, AgriLife Extension agent in Tom Green County. Continue reading

Organic farmers to share info with beginning farmers, home gardeners

Home gardeners and beginning farmers who want to learn techniques for organic and sustainable production are encouraged to attend a workshop Aug. 11 at the Holiday Inn Express, 2801 Jay Road, Seguin, TX.

The event will be from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. The $95 per person registration fee includes lunch. Reservations should be emailed to Myfathersfarm@gmail.com. Continue reading

USDA NIFA asks commodity groups to inform grants programs

Official commodity groups could have a process to propose ideas and priorities to the US Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). These ideas and priorities would go into NIFA requests for applications (RFAs). The commodity groups would contribute funds to NIFA to pay for ideas and priorities that were added and recommended for funding.

NIFA will hold an informational webinar on Thursday, August 6, at 2:30 p.m. (EST) for its partners and other interested parties. For webinar access and call-in information, http://nifa.usda.gov/commodity-boards.

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New technologies give hope for managing invasive species

In USA Today

Even for a native Floridian, the 2015 Everglades Invasive Species Summit was a terrifying experience.

Researchers from various government agencies and universities presented their findings last week on plants and animals that didn’t originate in the Everglades but have established themselves there. Those invasive species pose a threat not just to the delicate ecology of the 1.5 million acres of Everglades National Park, but increasingly pose a threat to humans as their populations flourish and spread.

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