Category: Community

International interest rises in Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course

  COLLEGE STATION – International interest in the Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course continues to grow with beef producers from eight countries represented at the recent 62nd annual event. “Our international beef producers continue to have great interest in how we produce beef here in Texas, and the beef short course provides comprehensive education that no other venue can provide,” said Dr. Jason Cleere, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist and conference coordinator, College Station. Duane Lenz, CattleFax analyst, projected growth in emerging markets over the next 10 years, which is good news for Texas beef cattle producers as well as those throughout the U.S. Lenz provided a graphic showing U.S. Department of Agriculture/Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations data that indicates China and Japan lead in increases in both meat consumption and per capita income. The U.S. and Luxembourg were the top-leading countries. The change in income supports data indicating 89 percent growth in U.S. meat and poultry exports, Lenz said. “We think more folks have money in their pocket wanting to buy more beef,” he said. The trade show at the Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course features networking among industry vendors and cattle producers. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Blair Fannin) Fabiola Hollis, who is originally from Venezuela, was attending the beef short course with her husband, Alan. They raise registered...

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Alternative Crops Give Growers Good Options

  Texas Crop and Weather Report – August 2 LUBBOCK — Alternative crops will not supplant top commodities such as corn and cotton, but producers choose them as drought-tolerant rotation options that can pay off when the price is right, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agronomist in Lubbock. Dr. Calvin Trostle said alternative crops such as sunflowers, sesame and guar also give producers, especially in the Rolling Plains and High Plains regions, viable options when it comes to replanting on a failed field. They can also be used for rotations for soil health, or enduring heat and drought conditions, as well as provide access to other markets when prices and industry demand. Sunflowers and other alternative crops are becoming popular options for producers who miss planting windows or face decisions about failed or damaged fields or who need to rotate fields to improve soil health. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Kay Ledbetter) In Central Texas, some sunflower fields are being harvested now, Trostle said. Good yields are being reported. One producer in Ellis County said sunflowers performed better than any other crop he planted this year, Trostle added. Prices on sunflowers and other oilseeds have been better in the recent past, Trostle said. But sunflowers have a wide planting window, are drought tolerant and make good rotation crops for commodity crops like cotton. “Producers seem...

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Big Plans for September in City of Fairfield

“We are very pleased to come back to Fairfield after a twelve-year absence,” exclaimed Floyd Daniels, of the Texas State Coonhunters Association. “We came here because of our love of the sport, but also because of the people,” he shared of the hunters’ recent return to Fairfield for the Texas State Coon Hunt in April of this year, “We were welcomed here.” Councilmen granted their approval for the Coonhunters to return to the historic W.L. Moody Reunion Grounds in Fairfield to host their next hunt September 9th – 11th. “People are looking forward to coming here,” Mr. Daniels expounded. “We can say thank y’all [Fairfield City Councilmen] but the hard part is thanking land owners for sharing their blessing with us.” As a way of saying thank you, the Texas State Coonhunters Association plans to host a barbeque for the City Council, staff, and local landowners prior to the hunt. With an exciting weekend of events already planned, including the City-Wide Garage Sale and the 19th Annual Show of Wheels, Fairfield Market Days will host an additional sale at the Reunion Grounds. “They had a successful hunt, we had a successful market,” said Darlene Jones, Market Days coordinator, of the City’s decision to extend the September Market Days schedule. “It’s a boost not only for our market, but for our community,” she said. Engineer Mike Tibetts, of Hayter Engineering,...

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Community BBQ Cook-Off & Community Lunch

Cornerstone Full Gospel Church of Fairfield is hosting a BBQ Cook-off and Communitywide Lunch on Saturday, August 27, 2016 in the Conference Center located at the Moody Reunion Fairgrounds in Fairfield, Texas during Fairfield Market Day weekend. The cook-off will include Beef Brisket, Pork Ribs, Cook’s Choice, and Chicken; and is a SAUCE Optional competition to be judged by various community members. Entry fees are $100 per 4-person team.  The first ten teams to enter will have their meat provided by the church.  Additional teams are welcome, but must supply their own meat for the cook-off.  Entries should be made by contacting Felicia at 214-668-6601 no later than 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 17, 2016. Teams may begin cooking at midnight on Friday, August 26, 2016.  Judging will start at 9:45 a.m. with Cook’s Choice; 10:15 a.m. – Beef Brisket; 11 a.m. – Porks Ribs; and 11:45 a.m. – Chicken. Trophies will be given to the top three winners in each category and a Best Over All. All meat cooked will be used for the luncheon to be served at 12:30p.m. in the Conference Center and will include sides and a drink.  Lunch is FREE to all in the community to enjoy on a first- come, first- served basis until there is none left.  Team entry fees will be used for the purchase of additional food items for the...

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Possible Poisoning?

Following a phone call with information that a woman had possibly been poisoned by a fellow co-worker at the Teague Auto Parts, The “Times” has since discovered that this was not the case. After discussing the matter with Teague Police Department, it was found out that the incident had no ties to Teague Auto Parts at all. A woman walking along Highway 84 near the store claimed that she had been poisoned. Once emergency personnel arrived on the scene, the woman stated that she had been poisoned by a witch. At that point, EMS took over the woman’s care and transported her to an area hospital for evaluation. Nicole Schaefer...

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