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Come Meet Your 2016 Fairfield Eagles!

  Eagle Club is inviting the community to attend an outdoor pep rally at Eagle Field on Thursday, August 11 at 8:00 p.m. Grab a slice of watermelon as you are introduced to Football, Volleyball and Cross Country team members, as well as the Fairfield cheerleaders and the Grand Band from Eagleland. See you...

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TPWD Uses Pokémon GO Game to Get Texans Outside

  TPWD Uses Pokémon GO Game to Get Texans Outside  New species are popping up at Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) sites and agency staff and state park visitors are arming themselves with poke balls trying to catch them all. Around the state, many TPWD sites are using the game as a new way to introduce the real natural world to players venturing into the great outdoors while on virtual hunts for the illusive Japanese characters known as Pokémon. The game uses augmented reality to guide players on a quest to try and catch Pokémon characters from the cartoon, video game and card game in real world locations. Many TPWD parks and sites are the home to game interactive components — Pokémon, PokéStop and Pokémon Gyms — providing agency staff with a way to get into the fun by hosting Pokémon hikes and the development of a new digital guidebook. The Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine has created a new digital guide in its free mobile app that has a wide range of helpful tips and tricks for gamers planning their next Pokémon hunting adventure in a Texas State Park. “Pokémon GO is a cultural phenomenon, and we’re embracing it,” said Nathan Adams, Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine art director. “This new section of our app features an overview of the game, Pokémon vocabulary and tips. We’re also...

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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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