Monday Minute

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. [...]

Burning Up The Kitchen

There is nothing more annoying than to have a roommate who can not cook. You know why? Because typically those that can not cook always burn pots, pans, and food at every attempt. So, raise your virtual hand if you live with someone who needs help in the kitchen! This article is for you. For [...]

4-H and Youth Development Unit host College Visitation Day “On the Hill”

The importance of getting a college education was emphasized by university professors, research scientists, and extension staff during a recent college visitation day program for 9th - 12th-grade students.  “Prairie View A&M University produces productive people,” is a familiar quote heard by many who visited “On the Hill.”  During their tours and sessions, the high [...]

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 [...]

Soil Moisture Sensing Industry Representative Trains and Interacts with CAHS’ Students and Research Scientists

Knowledge of soil moisture and the measurement of soil moisture help to answer important questions about drought, flood forecasting, greenhouse gas emissions, food security and crop production. To provide basic knowledge on the science of the analytical measurements of soil moisture content and soil water potential, the College of Agriculture and Human Sciences  (CAHS) at [...]

CAHS Scientist, Ram Ray, Published on Sequoia’s Groves Vegetation Moisture Stress Analysis under a Warming Climate

Temperature is an important limitation to forest growth, especially at higher elevations. A warmer temperature can extend the growing season and thus enhances vegetation growth. There are projections that increasing temperature during dry periods will intensify drought effects on vegetation. Thus, studying the effect of rising temperature on vegetation moisture content is essential to understand [...]

CAHS Researcher, Almoutaz El Hassan, published on the May 2015 Catastrophic Blanco River Flood in South Texas

Unprecedented rainfall across the State of Texas in May 2015 produced flooding that claimed at least 24 lives across the state and eleven lives in the town of Wimberley, TX alone. The most devastating single event flood over this period occurred during May 23-24 along the Blanco River watershed, which is located in South-Central Texas. [...]

The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program

  The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is currently implemented by Prairie View A&M University – Cooperative Extension Program in Fort Bend, Harris and Starr counties.  EFNEP focuses on working with very limited resource families with children [...]

4-H Makes Dreams Become Reality

  The month of April 2017 was indeed a time of celebration, outreach, stewardship, and recognition. On April 22nd in Cass County, a combined task force of 10 youths and four adults, led by the CEP Youth Advisory Board, manifested the spirit of 4-H with combined activities to celebrate Earth Day; Community Service Month; and [...]

Basil and Happiness

My new favorite herb to use is fresh basil leaves. I was roaming through Pinterest, a social media platform, a few weeks ago looking for an easy and healthy recipe to prepare for my lazy Saturday afternoon. I came across a fantastic recipe that included fresh basil. I typically use dry basil, even when the [...]