Produce distributor ‘cautiously optimistic’ as farmers across Texas count losses following winter storm
POTEET, Texas – The area farmers who grew crops were unable to completely protect them against the record cold and are finding their prized harvest ruined after last week’s winter storm. “They got really cold, to the point where they just got brittle and they’re falling apart right now,” said Donovan Garcia Jr., who grows some of Poteet’s prized strawberries. Texas A&M AgriLife extension agents will be throughout affected areas assessing the damage and the economic impacts. Fernando Gonzalez, a major produce distributor, said he is “cautiously optimistic” because the supply is good. “There’s so much product that comes into Texas from all over the United States,” Gonzalez said.
Texas ranchers, activists and local officials are bracing for megadroughts brought by climate change
This century, Texas could face the driest conditions it has seen in the last 1,000 years, according to a new study from a team of Texas A&M University and University of Texas at Austin researchers. The study highlighted a slew of looming problems for the state’s water supply. This problem will be particularly pronounced for Dallas, which relies entirely on surface water for its water supply, the study says. “And if there is a shortage, then the very next step is they have to determine how they are going to meet their water supply needs for that growing population,” she said. So the state is well-prepared and is looking at future populations and water supply needs for municipalities.”But the warnings are alarming to water conservation advocates and ranchers alike.
Hemp farm just outside Boerne sees growth in first crop
SAN ANTONIO – Hemp farming has begun in Texas this year and one set of farmers outside Boerne says they have some of the first crops in the state. The Texas Department of Agriculture began licensing farmers and businesses early this year to grow hemp after the state legislature greenlit farming of the plant. Pur IsoLabs in Bergheim, 10 miles east of Boerne off Highway 46, is one of the first to be licensed. Ruple and his wife Jennifer own Pur IsoLabs and have sold hemp products for the past five years, now they are expanding their business by starting to grow hemp right next to their store. This is just the beginning for the hemp farm industry, the future looks very promising for a plant that can be used in many ways.