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  • drought conditions

Drought conditions increase across the state

November 22nd, 2017|

By Justin Walker Communications Specialist Texas drought conditions have intensified over the previous week, according to a report published by the Texas Water Development Board. Fifteen percent of Texas is in some level of drought, up from nine percent last week. Severe drought conditions exist in parts of the Rio Grande Valley and Northeast Texas, [...]

  • Texas Agriculture Memorial Day

Texas Agriculture Memorial Day honors farmers, ranchers

November 22nd, 2017|

The second annual Texas Agriculture Memorial Day on Nov. 21 remembered the lives and honored the sacrifices of Texas farmers and ranchers who contributed much to our heritage and our economy. The event, conducted at the Texas Capitol in Austin, recognized men and women who have lost their lives or been severely injured while engaged [...]

  • ELD_Electronic Logging Device

Electronic Logging Device rule delayed 90 days for ag commodities

November 21st, 2017|

After five years of concern, agricultural truckers moving livestock, live fish and insects received the kind of waiver on the road they were looking for. The Department of Transportation (DOT) has placed a 90-day delay on the implementation of electronic logging devices (ELD) for agricultural commodities. The DOT’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced [...]

  • hiring ag workers

Texas, Oklahoma farmers, ranchers hiring more

November 21st, 2017|

By Jessica Domel Multimedia Reporter Farm and ranch workers across Texas and Oklahoma were in greater demand this quarter and earned more money, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). The Farm Labor Report reveals about 56,000 workers were hired Oct. 8-14. That’s up 10 [...]

  • beef cattle

Beef cattle course set for January in San Antonio

November 21st, 2017|

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Bexar County Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee will present the 2018 Beef Cattle Short Course in San Antonio Jan. 9 and 16. “This course is for beef cattle producers at all experience levels and will offer information on a variety of topics of interest to producers,” said Sam [...]

  • conservation easement program

Applications available for conservation easement program

November 20th, 2017|

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is now accepting applications for the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP). The ACEP, created through the 2014 Farm Bill, funds easements for agricultural lands and wetlands. Approved agricultural easements prevent productive working lands from being converted to non-agricultural uses and maximize protection of land [...]

  • VMLRP_veterinarian

Three Texas veterinarians receive VMLRP award

November 20th, 2017|

Regions all across the U.S. are struggling to meet the demand for food animal veterinarians due to widespread shortages. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is working to fill those shortage needs through a loan repayment assistance program. NIFA’s Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP) has helped American [...]

  • U.S. ag exports

U.S. ag exports hit third highest level on record

November 17th, 2017|

U.S. agricultural exports totaled $140.5 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2017, climbing nearly $10.9 billion from the previous year to the third-highest level on record, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced yesterday. The U.S. agricultural sector once again posted an annual trade surplus, which reached $21.3 billion, up almost 30 percent from last year’s [...]

  • tax reform legislation

House passes tax reform legislation

November 17th, 2017|

By Jessica Domel Multimedia Reporter Cheers were heard across the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives Thursday as Republicans garnered more than enough votes to pass its tax reform legislation, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Two representatives did not vote, 227 voted in favor of the act and 205 voted against it. Thirteen [...]

  • Plant Protection Conference

Ag trade focus of 2017 Texas Plant Protection Conference

November 16th, 2017|

The importance of agricultural trade and current and future farm policy will be discussed at the 2017 Texas Plant Protection Conference Dec. 5-6. “We have an outstanding program that will give attendees the latest information on technology and agriculture,” Gary Schwarzlose, association president and senior technical service representative with Bayer CropScience in Spring Branch. Topics [...]