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Thursday, May 7th, 2015

Texas sugarcane faces small but devastating foe

The red-streaked leafhopper, fifth of an inch long, can cause total crop failure when it bites into a sugarcane field.

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Deep in cattle country, Texans develop a taste for bison

Bison ranchers in Texas and other states are part of a quickly growing industry with about 200,000 of the legendary beasts in existence nationwide at last count

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

USDA: Border cattle inspection sites will remain closed

Federal officials said this week they have no plans to reopen a cattle inspection site across the border from Presidio, citing continuing safety concerns in the Mexican town of Ojinaga, Chihuahua.

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

New Braunfels WIC office moving

The Women, Infants and Chilren (WIC) office in New Braunfels will move from 613 Interstate-35 Business Loop South to its new location at 625 North Walnut Avenue on Aug. 27. The office will be closed until Sept.2.

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

USDA grants Hays County disaster declaration

Hays County was approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) as a primary natural disaster area for damage and losses caused by drought, above-normal temperatures and associated wildfires.

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

Hays County declared disaster area because of drought, heat, fires

Hays County farmers and ranchers could be eligible for low-interest loans through the U.S. Agriculture department's Farm Services Agency.