Agriculture and Natural Resources

Agriculture and Natural Resources

CEP Empowers Minority Farmers with Microloan Program in Houston County

The Prairie View A&M Cooperative Extension Program empowers minority agriculture farmers to produce sustainable products utilizing Extension educational programs in the areas of Beef & Forage, vegetable production, fruit production, and all measures of the United States Department of Agriculture. In 2013, USDA established a microloan program to help smaller, non-traditional producers finance farm operations. [...]

CEP and CARC personnel participated in the 33rd Annual Fort Bend Regional Vegetable Conference

The 33rd Annual Fort Bend Regional Vegetable Conference was held on February 8, 2018, at Fort Bend County Fairgrounds, Rosenberg, Texas. The conference was a celebration of vegetable production along the upper Gulf Coast region. The counties in this region include Waller, Wharton, Harris, Galveston, Brazoria, Colorado, Austin, and Fort Bend.  This event focused on teaching [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Integrated Parasite Management Workshop

The Cooperative Extension Program (AGNR) and the Cooperative Agriculture Research Center (CARC) hosted the second workshop in the Small Ruminant Workshop Series on Saturday, November 18th from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm. The morning session held in the Carden-Waller Cooperative Extension Building and the afternoon session held at Governor Bill and Vara Daniel Farm on [...]

2017 Annual Emergency Management Summit

The Emergency Management Summit, anticipated every year around September, is a one-day workshop that provides a forum for local and regional executives to share strategies and to coordinate plans for emergency preparedness and response. This year, the Summit highlighted the (MGT-312) Senior Officials Workshop for All-Hazards Emergency Preparedness and provided an opportunity to discuss strategic [...]

Cooperative Extension Program & Cooperative Agricultural Research Center Launch Small Ruminant Workshop Series

The Artificial Insemination (AI) Workshop held on September 21st was the first in the series of Small Ruminant workshops recently launched by the Cooperative Extension Program (CEP) & Cooperative Agricultural Research Center (CARC). Ten persons, the maximum number allowed, attended the workshop. Following the welcome by Dr. Ali Fares, Associate Director of Research and Professor, [...]

Landowners Attend Land Loss Prevention Workshop

Forty-two landowners and persons interested in wealth creation through land ownership were onsite to attend the Land Loss Prevention Workshop held on September 11, 2017 at the Crockett Civic Center in Crockett, Texas. The one-and-a-half day workshop, hosted by the Cooperative Extension Program (CEP)-AgNR and supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. [...]