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Irma impacts Florida agriculture

September 20th, 2017|

By Shala Gean Communications Specialist The full impact of Hurricane Irma on Florida’s agriculture is still undetermined, but early informal estimates place the cost of farm losses in the billions of dollars, according to Florida Farm Bureau Federation (FFBF) Director of Public Relations G.B. Crawford. “We’ve experienced an agricultural disaster here,” Crawford told the Texas [...]

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Pecan orchards take hit from Harvey

September 20th, 2017|

By Shala Gean Communications Specialist Pecan harvest generally begins late September or early October in DeWitt County. But this year, most growers won’t have a crop to harvest due to damage sustained from Hurricane Harvey. Pecan orchards in the region took a hard hit, according to DeWitt County Extension Agent Anthony Netardus. “We’ve pretty much [...]

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Texas Farm Bureau Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

August 31st, 2017|

Hurricane Harvey has put Texas agriculture at risk. The storm arrived Friday night, Aug. 25, holding nothing back, and devastated a large portion of the Lone Star State. Homes, barns and crops were no match for the high-powered winds, and catastrophic rainfall that flooded the region. Our farm and ranch families are hurting. But one [...]

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Promising outlook for Texas dove hunting season

August 25th, 2017|

By Gary Joiner TFB Radio Network Manager Prospects for the 2017-18 dove hunting season are fair to excellent across the state, according to Texas wildlife biologists, as habitat conditions vary depending on scattered precipitation and timing of plants seeding out. Roughly 15 percent of the nation’s 300 million mourning doves reside in Texas, along with [...]

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WOTUS public comment deadline extended

August 25th, 2017|

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is giving people more time to weigh in on the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule in the Clean Water Act (CWA). The deadline to submit comments is now Sept. 27. The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) is encouraging farmers, ranchers and dairymen to submit comments in favor of ditching [...]


Trump threatens NAFTA exit

August 25th, 2017|

By Jessica Domel Multimedia Reporter The future of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is in jeopardy following comments from President Donald Trump at a rally in Arizona. There, Trump told the crowd he believes the U.S. will “end up probably terminating” the 23-year-old free trade agreement with Canada and Mexico, because he feels [...]

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Hurricane Harvey could negatively impact Texas cotton

August 24th, 2017|

By Julie Tomascik Editor As Hurricane Harvey continues to churn in the southern Gulf of Mexico, many Texas farmers are rushing to harvest cotton and prepare for a potentially devastating weather weekend. Grain and cotton harvest in the Lower Rio Grande Valley and Texas Coastal Bend is about finished for the year. Cotton farmers on [...]

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Growing demand boosts U.S. hog, pig inventory

August 24th, 2017|

By Jessica Domel Multimedia Reporter There are 2.37 million more hogs and pigs in the United States this year, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). As of June 1, there were an estimated 71.65 million head of hogs and pigs across the nation. That’s up three percent from 67.28 million [...]

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Farm bill, healthcare on Texas farmers’, ranchers’ minds

August 24th, 2017|

By Jessica Domel Multimedia Reporter Taking advantage of the August recess, U.S. representatives and senators have returned home to speak to their constituents about what matters most. Among them was U.S. Rep. Bill Flores who recently stopped by Texas Farm Bureau’s (TFB) Training and Conference Center in Waco to talk to Central Texas farmers and [...]

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American cattle inventory on the rise

August 23rd, 2017|

By Jessica Domel Multimedia Reporter Cattle herds across the nation continue to grow. A new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reveals 1.2 million more head of cattle now than this time five years ago. As of July 1, there were an estimated 103 million head of cattle in the U.S. That’s up [...]