Agriculture

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...
Photos: Brandee Wofford
Bluebonnet 4-H elected officers for the 2017-18 year during their meeting Sept. 12. In front from left are secretary Livia Sessions, treasurer Elijah Russell, parliamentarian Kara Wofford and reporter Madisyn Foster. In back are council delegate Meg Kovacs, president Sarah Wofford, second vice-president John Wofford, vice-president Austin Patterson and third vice-president Kennedy Foster. Bluebonnet 4-H meets the second Tuesday of each month from September through May. 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...
Courtesy photos: Kim Herman
The Wells FFA officer team recently returned from the 89th State FFA Convention in Corpus Christi, as well as from their annual officer retreat in advance of the start of the school year. The officers are president Tyler Smith, vice-president Kaitlin Smith, secretary Carson Hopper, treasurer Caitlin Herman, reporter Brett Grogan and sentinel Kaitlynn Upshaw. 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...


Rusk FFA member Jeb Besson received the State Star Greenhand in Agribusiness award. Jeb is the owner and operator of Jeb’s Calls, which involves the production, distribution and marketing of custom duck calls. He received a $1,000 scholarship. Rusk FFA shines at 89th annual State FFA Convention
The Rusk FFA finished another award winning year that culminated at the 89th Texas FFA Convention held in Corpus Christi last week. The Rusk FFA...