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The Art of the Startup: Startup Stories Event 2017

November is recognized as National Entrepreneurship Month. According to the US Department of Commerce, "entrepreneurs are responsible for virtually all new job growth across the county." However, local entrepreneurs have the opportunity to transform from within by providing jobs, products and services to limited resource communities. The Community and Economic Development Unit of the Cooperative [...]

AGNR Story

I am glad to showcase the Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show Open Commercial & Purebred Female Pen Show that is open to both adult and youth cattle breeders throughout the South Texas region. What started as a vision by attending the 2004 San Antonio Livestock Show and learning about their successful event was how we [...]

Small Farm Outreach Success In the Rio Grande Valley

Socially disadvantaged limited-resource agricultural producers and rural youth face numerous challenges obtaining financial resources through commercial lending institutions because of the risk involved in farming and ranching. Another barrier is that the local banks are unwilling to lend during these times of economic uncertainty. Many of the local producers qualify for financing through USDA's Farm [...]

Controlling Feral Swine in Fort Bend County

Fort Bend County feral swine damage is an ongoing and increasing issue among our producers, and landowners. Thousands of undeveloped acreage in the county is allowing feral hogs to reproduce at an uncontrollable rate. Feral swine are causing thousands of dollars in damage to landscaping, vegetable and fruit crops, underground irrigation systems, and spreading bacteria [...]

Cameron County 4-H’ers Attend Global Summit in Canada

The Global 4-H Network believes the power to build a more sustainable future lies with youth. They hosted a Summit to aid in creating long-term solutions that strengthen communities and feed a growing world. Both of these are important to ensure global economic and political stability for future generations. The National 4-H Headquarters currently has [...]

Take a Stand

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, bullying victimization is associated with a wide range of negative outcomes including feeling unsafe at school, school absenteeism, psychological distress, depression, suicidal ideation and repeated common health problems.  Bullying behaviors are also associated with future violence including dating violence, gang membership, and delinquency. Data from the [...]

National FFA Organization Honors PVAMU’s CEP-AgNR Program Leader

Billy Lawton, Program Leader for the College of Agriculture and Human Sciences (CAHS) Cooperative Extension Program (CEP)-Agriculture and Natural Resources (AgNR) unit, has been awarded the VIP Citation by the National FFA Organization, recognizing his significant contributions to FFA and agricultural education. He was recognized during an onstage ceremony in Indianapolis on Friday, Oct. 27 [...]

Breaking Stigmas and Changing Lives

Living a long healthy life is something that every person tries to accomplish. However, there is always a chance that disease will strike when you least expect. Sometimes the hardest part of any illness is not the disease itself, but rather having access to adequate medical aid and overcoming the mental stress associated with the [...]

Harbor Light Center-Salvation Army Men’s Unit receives Money Management Classes

Today’s economic situation reflects a severe lack of financial preparedness, an inability to navigate everyday financial situations from purchasing a home to retirement. Increasingly notable, consumers need to develop their knowledge and skills necessary to navigate in a complex economic marketplace and achieve lifetime financial security. As a result, there is an increased need to [...]

4-H Focuses on Abilities not Disabilities in Cameron County

Access, equity, and opportunity are objectives critical to the mission and vision of the 4-H Program. Because 4-H allows young people to make new friends, develop new skills, become leaders and shape their communities, the philosophy of inclusion rather than segregation has shown beneficial to programs in Cameron County.  Understanding the high demand more than [...]