Category Archives: Agriculture

McAllen to Host 2020 National Farmworker Conference

National Farmworker Conference

The City of McAllen and MAFO leaders will host the National Farmworker Conference on April 26-29, 2020 in McAllen. More than 400 delegates from around the state and nation will to convene in McAllen for the conference. “MAFO is a national partnership of farmworker and rural organizations and we are grateful for the partnership with the City of McAllen and excited about the opportunity to host our conference in McAllen,”…

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Coming Together to Build the Reef

Red snapper swimming in the artificial reef. (Courtesy)

Gary Glick, president of the nonprofit group Friends of RGV Reef, said recreational red snapper fishing generates several times the economic force of commercial red snapper fishing. People who come to fish also spend money on food and lodging, gas, tackle, charter trips, etc. Glick estimates that Friends of RGV Reef has spent about $400,000 on deploying reef material so far. The group has managed to do it for roughly…

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This Rancher Understands Marketing

Carlos X. Guerra of La Muneca Cattle Co. spends more than half of his time promoting his products. (photo Anita Westervelt)

Carlos X. Guerra of La Muneca Cattle Company looks like your average rancher. But he’s not. He devotes fully half his time to marketing: promoting purebred cattle. These are the registered Polled Brahman and Simbrah his family raises to sell seed stock (live cattle, semen and embryos). “Two thirds of promotion is motion. No matter what business you are in, you must be visible,” says Guerra. His mantra of “No…

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Building Fish Habitats

Concrete ties at the site of the reef. (Courtesy)

For the past five years, the local non-profit Friends of the RGV Reef has been working to restore and build up the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico. They wanted to ensure that there was a habitat to create a thriving population of fish in the area. Due to the efforts, Friends of RGV Reef was named a 2019 Conservation Wrangler by the Texan by Nature conservation. The honor acknowledges…

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Wind Farms Empower Communities

A turbine from a wind farm near Bayview.

Willacy County has a reputation as a farming region of the state. Thousands of acres of land contain sugarcane and sorghum, cotton, corn and sesame seeds. One can drive for miles and miles and see nothing but fields covered with crops during the growing season. But in the last 10 years, one thing has drastically been changing the rural landscape in Willacy and parts of Cameron County. It is the proliferation…

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Maddie’s Pumpkin Patch

Maddie's Pumpkin Patch

Families looking for the perfect fall photo shoot backdrop this season should make plans to visit the Maddie’s Pumpkin Patch. The McAllen location offering an unforgettable experience sits on Bensten Road between Lark and Auburn Ave. It certainly is a crowd pleaser, especially during the golden hour. Melanie and Rick Vega first opened their McAllen location in 2017, and Maddie’s Pumpkin Patch has since then expanded. There is now a…

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Development Makes the RGV Prosperous

Eighty years ago, the Rio Grande Valley was a rural, agriculturally based economy with little growth happening. Fast forward to 10 years ago, and the RGV was quickly becoming a thriving metropolitan area as development intensified. Today, the region has completely transformed economically. It has become an area developed by improving and increasing commercial, retail, industrial, entertainment, medical and higher education institutions.  Education In 2013, the transformation of the RGV’s…

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TIFT Volunteers Reel In Scholarships

TIFT volunteers wait for fishing boats to arrive at the dock at the Port Isabel Marina.

The 80th Texas International Fishing Tournament is now in the books. This annual event is much more than going after shallow or deep-water fish. In fact, it’s a family event in which everyone from toddlers to grandparents in their 90s get together for a weekend of fun. Rewarding volunteers TIFT gives out tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships to students from throughout the Rio Grande Valley and the state as well. This…

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Shop Fresh at Tres Lagos Farmers’ Market

Pica Natural artisans spices that can be used for seasoning, dips or salsas.

The weekend is fast approaching and if you’re looking for a leisurely, family-friendly Sunday afternoon, Tres Lagos Farmers’ Market should be on your list. The Tres Lagos Farmers’ Market takes place from Sept. 1 from 2-5 p.m. at 4350 Tres Lagos Blvd. in McAllen. There’s live music playing as you walk the market, which features roughly 30 different vendors to shop from.    The market also offers a wide variety…

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Ranchers to Gather in Rio Grande City

TSCRA ranch gathering

The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association will host a ranch gathering Aug. 27 at the Triple G Livestock Auction in Rio Grande City. The event will provide an opportunity for local cattle producers to learn about TSCRA’s recent activities. TSCRA will also discuss issues facing cattle raisers while attendees can connect with other cattle producers in the area. TSCRA Special Ranger Joe Aguilar will also provide an update on…

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