Agriculture

Getting to the Root of the Problem
One of the major causes of tree failure is root damage. When a tree’s root system has been extensively damaged, the whole tree can fall to the ground – or onto your...
Farmers and Ranchers Affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma Granted...
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced special procedures to assist producers who lost crops or livestock or had other damage to their farms or ranches as a...
From left, Sarah Wofford, Elijah Russell, John Wofford and Kara Wofford show off their winning recordbooks from competitions last year. Sarah’s senior level rabbit recordbook won first place in county and district competitions and ninth place at state. Elijah’s intermediate level poultry record book won first at county and district competitions. John’s senior level communications and expressive arts recordbook won first at county and district competitions and fourth at state. He also received a $200 scholarship at the county level for highest placing senior recordbook. Kara’s intermediate level leadership recordbook won first at county and district competition. She received a $200 scholarship at the county level for highest-placing intermediate recordbook. Bluebonnet 4-H kicks off year, announces new 17-18 officers


Yard of the Month selected for August
The Rusk Area Garden Club has chosen the yard of Vanessa Lewis at 246 East 6th Street as its August Yard of the Month. Pictured from the left are...


Bluebonnet 4-H hosts County Wide Event
On Aug. 29, Bluebonnet 4-H hosted a county wide event to showcase various projects offered in the 4-H Program. Club members displayed pictures,...


Tree Care Industry Association: Don’t Fuel the Fire
Nearly every state has experienced fires that rage out of control in the landscape. While the largest and most devastating burn in the West, fires also spread in the East...
Arbor Day Foundation offers Tree-Care Booklet
The Arbor Day Foundation is offering a handy tree-care booklet designed to help people plant and care for trees. Anyone can receive Conservation Trees, a user-friendly...
SFA Gardens to host Permaculture Design
Stephen F. Austin State University’s SFA Gardens will host Permaculture Design 101 with Theron Beaudreau from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 26 at the Brundrett Conservation...
Savannah Applewhite received her Lone Star Chapter degree, which is the highest degree awarded to members in the state for commitment and service to the FFA organization. She is pictured with outgoing Texas FFA officer and Alto native Creager Davis. Wells FFA makes history at 89th State FFA Convention


East Texas Beef & Forage Seminar
On Tuesday, Aug. 22 at the Cameron-J Jarvis Troup Municipal Library, 102 S. Georgia St., will be the East Texas Beef &Forage Seminar. Worth two CEU hours for current TDA...
Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series to feature State Botanical...
Stephen F. Austin State University’s SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, in the Brundrett Conservation...
An invasion: hay producers should be on lookout for armyworms
Hay producers should be on the lookout for armyworms in your pasture and hay fields. Armyworm caterpillars can be identified by examining the front...


Courtesy Photos: Rachel Robinson
The Jacksonville FFA was well-represented at the 89th annual Texas FFA Convention in Corpus Christi July 10-14. Jacksonville FFA represents at 89th State FFA Convention
On July 9, 13 members of the Jacksonville FFA traveled to Corpus Christi to join more than 12,000 members for the 89th Texas FFA State Convention. ...


Recently, four Rusk FFA members attended the annual FFA Washington Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. Representing Rusk were Jett Jenkins, Judson West, Elijah Russell and Emmy Shaw. They were accompanied by Ag teacher Andy Tiner. Young leaders


Alto native and former Texas FFA officer Creager Davis salutes the crowd during the 89th annual Texas FFA State Convention, held July 10-14 in Corpus Christi. Davis recently finished his term as state vice-president with the Texas FFA. The FFA effect: state officer Creager Davis discusses how FFA,...
Imagine this: a 13-year-old kid with an extremely heavy accent that has never really seen life outside of his small town of Alto, Texas. Now...