Arroyo Colorado

March 18, 2016

Hello Arroyo Partners:

Spring is one day away and we are expecting showers tonight and tomorrow.  The smell of orange blossoms and mountain laurel filled the air when I got up this morning to take my son to the Rio Grande Valley Livestock show.  He is showing broilers and had clean up duty.  It is awesome to watch all of these young kids work with their animals getting them ready for competition.  There is a lot of time, hard work and dedication that go into these show projects.  I want to congratulate all of the kids for participating and thank all of the County Extension Agents, Ag teachers, FFA Chapters, 4-H Agents, 4-H Clubs, 4-H parent leaders, 4-H parent volunteers, parents, grandparents and the Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show for putting together such a great show.  It is a lot of fun for the kids but it is also fantastic educational opportunity.  The kids that participate will take away valuable life lessons that will stay with them the rest of their lives.  Great job everyone!   

I want to remind everyone that the Arroyo Colorado Watershed Partnership will be hosting an Arroyo Colorado Steering Committee meeting on April 7, 2016 from 5-7 pm The Estero Llano Grande World Birding Center located at 3301 S. FM 1015 at Pauraque Hall in the rear of the park.   We will be discussing the latest draft of the Update to the Arroyo Colorado WPP.  The draft Update is really coming together and we need stakeholder feedback to guide the development of the plan.  Your input is extremely important so make plans to attend.  I hope to see y’all there.

Last year Kevin Krafka, representing Briggs Coleman 4-H club, showed the Grand Champion Pen of Broilers at the RGVLS.  I had a chance to talk to him throughout the day last year as his pen of broilers was next to my son’s pen.  I found out that he was going to TX A&M University to major in Engineering.  He was on the robotics team at his school and received an Engineering scholarship.  This young man was wise beyond his years and very humble, even in victory.  He took the time to give us a couple of pointers on how to raise champion broilers and I was very impressed by the way he carried himself.  So it was no surprise to me when I saw him at the show this year.  For his spring break, he came home to volunteer on the Broiler committee, was there for sifting and registration of the broilers, was a volunteer during the judging of the broilers and went back every day to the broiler exhibit to help the other exhibitors keep the exhibit clean and tidy.  My son placed 4th this year and the first thing that Kevin did when we saw him this morning was to congratulate my son for doing so well in the show.  Again, he took the time to discuss raising broilers with me and my son and gave us a couple more pointers.  Kevin is a prime example of the values and lessons that are taught by raising show animals and competing in the RGVLS. Good luck at TAMU Kevin!  See you next year.

Looking ahead,
Jaime Flores, P.G.