Agriculture and Natural Resources

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Micro-Loan Workshops in Fort Bend County Give Family Farms Hope for the Future

June 18, 2018 - Rather than feel defeated during a slow economy, small businesses can turn to experts for assistance to gain access to banking services and get advice on building a favorable credit score.  According to a survey conducted by the National Small Business Association (SBA), 43 percent of small businesses seeking loans were [...]

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Expresses Interest in Prairie View A&M University

June 18, 2018 - The Cooperative Extension Program in the College of Agriculture and Human Sciences participated with Texas A&M in the “Battle Ground to Breaking Ground” (BG2BG) program hosted in Dallas, Texas, May 31, 2018.  Sonny Perdue, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, attended the event in support of the initial 2014 Farm Bill designating veterans [...]

Extension Assists Waller County Farmers with High Infestation of Leaf Cutter Ants

June 4, 2018 - One of the challenges of farming is the presence of destructive elements, which have adverse effects on production and consequently revenue. Joseph Mezher, a Waller County farmer who specializes in fruit crops, medicinal plants, and vegetable production, faced problems with Leaf Cutter Ants. Mezher's farm had a well-established peach orchard that [...]

Strawberry Research Provides Service to Texas Farmers

April 23, 2018 - Strawberries are proven to improve cardiovascular and brain health, as well as prevent some types of cancer. It’s no wonder Prairie View A&M University is trying to get ahead of the curve by finding ways to help limited-resource farmers successfully grow organic strawberries. According to the USDA, California produces 91-percent of [...]

Six Steps to Easy Gardening from a Container

Container Gardening is a delightful way to grow healthy and delicious vegetables for individuals and families who have a limited amount of space.  Growing vegetables in a pot or a container is not only fun, but it's an easy way to introduce children to gardening as well as beginners. Even better, nearly anything that grows [...]

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 [...]