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  • 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. [...]

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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 [...]

  • agriculture secretary

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 [...]

  • Texas capitol

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 [...]

  • legislative priorities

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 [...]

  • worker protection standards_WPS rule

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 [...]

  • valuation of easements

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 [...]