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This weekend: See 'Deep in the Heart,' support Texas 4-H and Texas FFA
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"Deep in the Heart" reveals the true-life story of Mr. Richard "Dick" Wallrath. No one person has ever given more financially to the Texas 4-H and Texas FFA Scholarship Programs than Wallrath. Proceeds from the film will continue to support Texas 4-H and FFA. The film opens Feb. 17 at all Texas Cinemark theaters, and its success in Texas will dictate the nationwide release. The movie stars Jon Gries (Napoleon Dynamite; Real Genius), Elaine Hendrix (The Parent Trap), DB Sweeney (Eight Men Out; Memphis Belle; Fire In The Sky) and Val Kilmer (Top Gun; Tombstone; Batman Forever) and is directed by Christopher Cain, who directed Young Guns, Pure Country and Pure Country 2. More

Renew your TNLA membership, update your company info today
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It's that time of year again! Renew your TNLA business membership and make sure your company listing is accurate for the Member Directory and Buyer's Guide. If you need assistance, please contact Marisol Ybarra at 512-579-3866 or Click here to renew, join, or update your profile.

Floriculture census right around the corner
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Here's the scoop, direct from the USDA-NASS: The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service will conduct the Commercial Floriculture Survey in New York and 14 other major floriculture states. Between Feb. 15 and March 31, growers will be asked to provide information on production area, sales of floriculture commodities and the number of agricultural workers on their operation. More

What growers and retailers can learn from fashion trends
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Let's face it: A new outfit can lift your spirits. Likewise, a rough half-hour in the dressing room can ruin your day. Men may not want to admit this, but it's something most women — a garden retailer's target audience — know and understand about fashion. At its heart, fashion is all about evoking emotion. "Most of us that are involved in horticulture today have grown up in a society that taught us to care about our looks," says Layci Gragnani, ornamental sales and marketing director for Greenheart Farms. More

Fire ants a nuisance in garden
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Numerous types of pests exist that gardeners would love to have disappear. The imported fire ant is usually one that's at the top of the list. These ants can make life in the landscape miserable for all types of living creatures, not just humans. There are four types of fire ant species found in Texas, only three are native. The non-native (imported) type of fire ant is the big problem. More

SHSU working to prevent pest's impact on sugarcane
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The discovery of an insect in Texas that could have devastating effects on the United States' sugarcane industry has attracted the attention of researchers at Sam Houston State University. The invasive red-streaked leafhopper has been found in the San Antonio area, and its damaging tendencies have been well documented in Southeast Asia and Australia. More

Prepare plants now for summer ahead
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The warmer days of winter are allowing landscape cleanup in preparation for spring growth. February and early March landscape and garden chores can influence plant performance for the coming year. Pruning and fertilizing are two tasks that stimulate plant growth. Pruning is a method of revitalizing plants. Many shrubs were stressed and damaged by the extreme cold and heat of 2011. Eliminating sunburned or weakened stems and limbs will encourage new growth. More

Landscaping, like decorating, is about color
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Great landscaping color doesn't just happen accidentally. It comes with a thorough knowledge of the tools you'll be using (flowers, foliage and hardscaping elements), and it requires careful planning. As we head into another growing-season chance for you to help your landscape shine, let's work, step by step, to develop a plan for color beds. More

Growing the perfect Texas rose takes some work, love
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Roses are among the most popular flowers in gardens. In fact, the rose was named the national flower in 1986. But rose lovers will tell you that it might require a little extra care to be a successful rosarian in South Texas, and one of the most important garden chores is pruning. If you have roses, then the time has come to for spring pruning. The Corpus Christi Rose Society recommends pruning at or near Valentine's Day. More

AgriLife Extension offering 'last chance' training in Austin
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The Texas AgriLife Extension Service in Travis County is offering three one-day Last Chance Continuing Education Unit training courses Feb. 22-24 at the Travis County East Service Center, 6011 Blue Bluff Road in Austin. "The Travis County Extension office is offering this last chance training to anyone interested in receiving continuing education units for their Texas Department of Agriculture private applicator license or structural pest control license renewal," said AgriLife Extension agent Daphne Richards. More

Tips to protect your computers from hackers
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Ward's Nursery & Garden Center in Great Barrington, Mass., was suspected of being at the center of a security breach that leaked dozens of customers' credit card information, The Berkshire Eagle reported. At the time of the investigation, officials did not know how many banks or cardholders may have been affected, but it was speculated that the number could be in the hundreds. The attack possibly occurred over a two-month period. More


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