Agriculture and Natural Resources

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Texas Water Day at the Capitol

Wednesday March 22nd 2017 was the World Water Day. In celebration of this event and to raise awareness of water issues in Texas, Texas Water Foundation organized “Texas Water Day at the Capitol”. The program featured speakers from national and state levels with different topics that covered various water programs and issues in Texas. Several [...]

Feral Hog Program Wildly Popular

Derrick Banks, CEP Extension Agent, Agriculture and Natural Resources at Prairie View A&M University, spoke with constituents in Ft. Bend County about the growing nuisance of feral hogs for weeks, so he knew that it was a hot-button issue. What he may not have known, however, was that the number of persons attending a workshop [...]

Small Acreage Horticulturists Attend Spring Fruit Tree Maintenance Program

With spring just around the corner, fruit tree growers are thinking about the production of this year’s fruit crop.  On February 27, 2017, Corey Hicks, Prairie View A&M University Cooperative Extension Agent, offered Houston County a Spring Fruit Tree program held at the Crockett Resource for Independent Living Center in Crockett, Texas. This program gave [...]

Agriculture Workshops Presented

Beginning farmers, gardeners and gardening enthusiasts took part in three Agriculture workshops hosted by the Cooperative Extension Program (CEP) at Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU). The workshop series targeted small-scale, beginning growers or those wishing to enter production and covered the entire production spectrum from field preparation to harvesting to managing a farm business. The [...]

Cucumbers Grafted on Black-seeded Pumpkin

Billy Lawton, Program Leader Agriculture and Natural Resources in the Cooperative Extension Program (CEP), and Ming Gao, Senior Research Scientist in the Cooperative Agricultural Research Center (CARC), are involved in an integrated research and extension project to promote local cucumber production using grafting technology. The cucumber, a member of the Cucurbitaceae family, originated in India. [...]

Students Attend 100 Ranchers Beef Cattle Selection Workshop

Six Agriculture majors pursuing concentrations in Animal Science traveled to Oakwood, Texas, to attend the 100 Ranchers Beef Cattle Selection Workshop. The student participants have attended three events sponsored by this community based organization. Traveling with these students were Billy Lawton, Program Leader, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Cooperative Extension Program; Alfred L. Parks, Professor of [...]

CARC-CEP-Team Visit to a Flood-Prone Farm in Somerville, Burleson County

Billy Lawton, Agriculture and Natural Resources Program Leader at the Cooperative Extension Program (CEP), and Ripendra Awal, Research Scientist, and Post-Doctoral Researcher Haimanote Bayabil, both from the Cooperative Agricultural Research Center (CARC), visited a flood-prone farm in Somerville, Burleson County, on September 13, 2016. The team discussed flooding and drainage issues on the farm with [...]

New Research Frontiers Begin

Members of the Natural Resources and Environmental Systems, Ripendra Awal and Haimanote Bayabil, experimented with the CAHS’ unmanned aircraft system (UAS), commonly known as a drone, on the University Farm this past week. The UAS was bought early this year as part of the Smart Agriculture and Natural Resources Management research activities. Both scientists participated [...]

Livestock Fencing Workshop Held

Over 40 farmers and ranchers from Waller and several neighboring counties attended the Livestock Fencing Workshop hosted by the Cooperative Extension Program on Saturday, August 13 on the campus of Prairie View A&M University. The workshop focused on modern fence construction for cattle and goat/sheep. The attendees included farmers and ranchers from various backgrounds and [...]

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