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Federal Distance Learning Grants Available

U.S. Department of Education sent this bulletin at 06/28/2013 04:00 PM EDT

Rural schools and colleges in need of equipment for distance learning programs, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is accepting applications for grants to provide access to education, training and healthcare resources in rural areas. Funding is authorized through the Department's Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grant Program. (Read More)

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If you are teaching courses in Advanced Plant & Soil Science, Environmental Technology,or Forestry, this information may be useful to you.

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Lost art of preserving fruits and vegetables to be taught in Pharr

Posted: 24 Jun 2013 11:14 AM PDT

“Preserving the Harvest” workshops to be held July 16-17

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3 Live Webcasting Opportunities for Students at Home this summer - only an internet connection is needed

Please distribute to friends and colleagues with children, grades 1-8

Three FREE Webcasting Opportunities for Students this summer - with Veterinary Students presenting to Elementary and Middle School aged students on Pet Nutrition, Skeletons and Bones, and Animal Behavior.

 - All that is needed is an internet connection and Windows Media Player.

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ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp

June 25 at Texas A&M University, College Station

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ARS NEWSLINK:

USDA Agricultural Research Service

May 3, 2013

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I heard these strategies from the closing speaker at a New CTE teacher Conference in Austin a while back.  Thought they might be useful 

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Uvalde center, producer team up to prove artichokes a viable alternative crop for Lone Star State

BROWNSVILLE — It was cool and overcast during the recent harvest of a 12-acre field of artichokes being grown by MO Produce LLC in Rancho Viejo, near Brownsville.

As the workers methodically harvested the fist-size globes from the tops of plants, Mike Ortiz, one of the operation’s owners, oversaw the harvest and inspected the rest of the crop.

A worker harvests artichoke heads in the MO Produce field in Rancho Viejo, just outside of Brownsville. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo)

A worker harvests artichokes  grown by MO Produce LLC in Rancho Viejo. The grower has been successfully producing artichokes in the Rio Grande Valley for the past five years.
(Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo)

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http://agvideo.tamu.edu/agrilifetoday/GrayWaterResearch-YouTube.mov

UVALDE – Inside a greenhouse on the grounds of the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Service Center in Uvalde, Dr. Raul Cabrera recently inspected several groups of ornamental plants for signs of damage or distress.

“This is the first component of our practical gray-water investigation,” explained Cabrera, who along with colleagues from the Uvalde center and the Texas Center for Applied Technology started research in late 2012 to confirm the potential use of gray water for home landscape irrigation.

Dr. Raul Cabrera checks the level of a container of gray water used to irrigate landscaping plants at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Uvalde. (Texas A&M AgriLife Research photo)

Dr. Raul Cabrera checks the level of gray water used to irrigate landscaping plants at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Uvalde. (Texas A&M AgriLife Research photo)

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Arroyo Colorado cleanup efforts paying off

Posted: 15 Apr 2013 05:30 AM PDT

Public asked for input on phase two update

WESLACO –  The award-winning cleanup efforts to help revitalize a highly polluted yet very important waterway in South Texas are entering their second phase, and state officials want public input as they begin updating the Arroyo Colorado Watershed Protection Plan, according to the program coordinator.

Wild nilgai gather on the horizon near the Arroyo Colorado in South Texas (AgriLife Communications photo by Rod Santa Ana)

Wild nilgai gather on the horizon near the Arroyo Colorado in South Texas (AgriLife Communications photo by Rod Santa Ana)

Jaime Flores, the Arroyo Colorado watershed coordinator with the Texas Water Resources Institute in Weslaco, said that phase one of the state’s first watershed protection plan is coming to a close, and cleanup efforts through 2020 and beyond need to be defined.

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