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  • U.S. soybeans

China signs near-record deal for U.S. soybeans

July 17th, 2017|

By Jessica Domel Multimedia Editor If realized, a new contract between China and the United States will be the second largest deal ever for American soybeans. A delegation of commodity importers from China signed a deal to buy 12.53 million tons of U.S. soybeans on Thursday, July 13. The deal also called for the purchase [...]

  • farm bill goals

AFBF lists farm bill goals

July 17th, 2017|

With serious economic challenges facing agriculture, underscored by even deeper concerns in some commodity sectors, the American Farm Bureau Federation board of directors outlined the organization’s key objectives for the 2018 Farm Bill. After its meeting this week in Washington, D.C., the AFBF board sent its goals and recommendations to leadership on the Senate and [...]

  • Planting the Seed program

TFB engages students one seed at a time

July 14th, 2017|

By Julie Tomascik Editor One seed plants a new world for Texas students and brings agricultural concepts to life in the classroom. Texas Farm Bureau’s Planting the Seed Program, now in its third year, shows students in kindergarten through fifth grade how crops go from a seed in the ground to the products they see [...]

  • health professionals learn about beef from Texas Beef Council

Health professionals learn more about beef

July 14th, 2017|

Leading Texas health, nutrition and fitness experts recently joined the Texas Beef Council (TBC) for Live Well 2017. The workshop, funded by the Texas beef checkoff programs, provided an opportunity to engage and connect with 23 participants and provide them with the latest protein research and tools to incorporate beef nutrition information into their educational [...]

  • white-winged dove

TPWD expands special white-winged dove area

July 3rd, 2017|

There will be early September dove hunting opportunities in Texas. The 2017-2018 migratory game bird seasons adopted by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) expand the early September four-day special white-winged dove area hunting season to the entire South Zone boundary. “For the second straight year, Texas will be taking advantage of a 90-day [...]

  • cotton in June Acreage Report

Texas cotton, soybean acreage up, others down

July 3rd, 2017|

By Jessica Domel Multimedia Editor Cotton is once again king in Texas. Farmers are expected to plant at least 17 percent more upland cotton this year, according to the June Acreage Report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). Texas farmers are forecast to plant around 6.6 million acres of [...]

  • U.S. beef is back in China

Perdue welcomes U.S. beef in China

July 3rd, 2017|

After a 13-year hiatus, U.S. beef has made its way back to China. On Friday, June 30, a delegation of U.S. trade representatives, including U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad, celebrated the return of U.S. beef in Beijing. “Beef is a big deal in China, and I'm convinced [...]

  • reorganize USDA

Perdue unveils plan to reorganize USDA

May 15th, 2017|

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue released a plan on May 11 to reorganize the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). That plan creates an undersecretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs, recognizing the ever-increasing importance of international trade to American agriculture. As part of a reorganization of USDA, Perdue also announced that a newly-named Farm [...]

  • U.S. beef

U.S. beef to head to China

May 15th, 2017|

By Julie Tomascik Editor After more than a decade, U.S. beef is set to head once again to China. The announcement came Friday, May 12. “This is tremendous news for the American beef industry, the agriculture community, and the U.S. economy in general. We will once again have access to the enormous Chinese market, with [...]

  • Lone Star Law

‘Lone Star Law’ completes second season

May 15th, 2017|

By Gary Joiner TFB Radio Network Manager The second season of the popular television series Lone Star Law on Animal Planet is now complete. A Texas game warden involved in the program believes it successfully captures the diversity of the state, from the people to the wildlife and to the wild places. “We’re super excited. [...]