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Report: farmers, ranchers at forefront of drone usage

April 4th, 2017|

By Jessica Domel Multimedia Editor Drones are providing more to our lives than a faint hum, excitement and captivating images. The unmanned crafts are also a useful tool for farmers and ranchers across the globe who want to map their acreage, track crops and check on livestock. According to a new report from DroneDeploy, a [...]

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AFBF urges Senate to confirm Sonny Perdue

April 4th, 2017|

The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) and National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) joined in calling on the U.S. Senate to confirm Sonny Perdue as the 31st agriculture secretary this week before beginning a two-week spring recess on April 7. The Senate Agriculture Committee, in an overwhelming bipartisan vote on March 30, approved recommending confirmation [...]

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TFB plants support for seed standardization bill

April 4th, 2017|

By Gary Joiner TFB Radio Network Manager Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) and other agricultural groups have planted their support behind a bill in Austin to implement a statewide seed standardization law. SB 1172, by Senator Charles Perry (R-Lubbock), prevents a political subdivision from adopting regulation on seeds, including planting seeds or cultivating plants grown from [...]

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Texas Farm Bureau sets legislative priorities

January 3rd, 2017|

By Jessica Domel News Editor When the 85th Texas Legislature convenes this month, Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) will be there—ready to fight for farmers, ranchers and rural Texans. While thousands of bills will be filed in the 140-day regular session on a myriad of topics, TFB will focus on seven state legislative priorities. “Our biggest [...]

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CRP changes to help beginning farmers and ranchers

January 3rd, 2017|

There is growing concern about the manner in which land will be transferred to the next generation of farm operators. About a third of principal farm operators in 2014 were at least 65, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Farmland owners planned to transfer 10 percent of all farmland or 93 million acres [...]

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WPS rules go into effect despite efforts by farm groups to delay

January 3rd, 2017|

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has denied two agricultural organizations’ petitions to delay the implementation of the agency’s farmworker protection rule from Jan. 1, 2017 to Jan. 1, 2018. EPA spokeswoman Cathy Milbourn told Bloomberg BNA in an email that the agency would continue with the rule as planned in January 2017. The groups, American [...]

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Valuation of easements provision part of eminent domain reform

December 30th, 2016|

By Julie Tomascik Associate Editor About 95 percent of the land in Texas is privately owned, leaving landowners facing a tough battle when eminent domain proceedings are brought to their front door. But a growing coalition of agricultural and landowner organizations, Texans for Property Rights, is working for eminent domain reform in the upcoming legislative [...]

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Turkeys fare well in advance of spring season

December 30th, 2016|

The spring turkey season should be a good one for Texas hunters, according to state wildlife biologists. Increased bird numbers and improved habitat should be hallmarks of the spring hunting season that begins in the South Zone on March 18 for Rio Grande wild turkeys. “Everything’s looking really good so far. We had a great [...]

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No surplus in U.S. peanut supply

December 30th, 2016|

Despite predictions, there will likely not be a surplus of U.S. peanuts in 2016, according to Southwest Farm Press. The 2016 peanut crop will be about 3.15 million tons, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). But Bob Parker, president and CEO of the National Peanut Board, said that projection is likely too high. Adverse, [...]

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Outlook ominous for farm economy

December 29th, 2016|

By Jessica Domel News Editor What does the new year mean for America’s farmers and ranchers? Will the economy improve? Will growers finally see improved commodity prices? It depends. There’s plenty of optimism about the economy, in general, but it likely won’t extend to the farm economy, according to Bob Young, chief economist and deputy [...]