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  • Electronic Logging Device

Navigating the Electronic Logging Device mandate

February 5th, 2018|

By Julie Tomascik Editor When Jeff Croft hauls a load of cattle from his Anderson County ranch to the feedyard in Hereford, he follows safety protocols mandated by the Department of Transportation. He tracks his routes and documents his hours. But that could become more stringent if the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate is implemented [...]

  • Texas citrus

Hurricane Harvey’s impact on Texas citrus undetermined

February 5th, 2018|

By Jennifer Dorsett Field Editor Hurricane Harvey’s winds and water have long since receded, but the storm’s full impact on Texas citrus has yet to be determined. Citrus canker, a devastating citrus tree disease, can be spread through the movement of infected plants and by wind, standing water or rain—all of which Harvey brought to [...]

  • guar studies

Guar studies aim to inform farmers

February 5th, 2018|

By Jennifer Dorsett Field Editor Texas A&M AgriLife researchers are conducting several studies to help farmers understand guar and the legume’s value to their farms on the Rolling Plains and South Plains. Although not a well-known crop, guar has been grown in the Lone Star State for more than 100 years, according to Dr. Curtis [...]

  • rural communities_USDA

USDA highlights infrastructure investments in rural communities

December 15th, 2017|

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue yesterday highlighted U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) investments in Fiscal Year 2017 that will help construct or improve infrastructure and boost economic growth in rural communities. “USDA is focused on improving rural America’s infrastructure,” Perdue said. “Investments such as the ones I’m highlighting today will improve the quality of [...]

  • beef checkoff boards

TFB members serve on beef checkoff boards

December 15th, 2017|

Three Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) members will represent the state’s largest farm and ranch organization and Texas cattlemen and women on the Texas Beef Council and Beef Promotion and Research Council of Texas boards of directors. Dan Shelton, Michael White and Zachary Yanta will serve one-year terms. Through their roles on the boards, they will [...]

  • tax reform legislation

Congressional Republicans reach deal on tax reform

December 14th, 2017|

By Jessica Domel Multimedia Reporter After hours of negotiations, House and Senate Republicans Wednesday announced they have come to an agreement on a single piece of tax reform legislation to send to the president. The deal combines portions of the House-passed plan for tax reform and the legislation passed by the Senate earlier this month. [...]

  • farm bill landing page

House Ag Committee launches farm bill landing page

December 14th, 2017|

By Julie Tomascik Editor The 2018 Farm Bill is on the horizon, and it has many in agriculture eyeing funding, challenges and outlining needs as farm policy talks get underway. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway announced yesterday the launch of a new farm bill landing page for updates and information throughout the process of [...]

Farmers’ confidence falls post-harvest

December 14th, 2017|

The Purdue/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer dropped seven points in November, signaling a slump in U.S. farmers’ confidence compared to a month earlier. At a reading of 128, the measure of farmer optimism in November was the second weakest observed during 2017 and stood just four points above the 2017 low of 124, set in [...]

  • glyphosate report

Congressional committee questions glyphosate report

December 11th, 2017|

By Jessica Domel Multimedia Reporter The World Health Organization (WHO) cancer agency may lose funding from American taxpayers if it continues to deny a Congressional committee transparency. Friday, the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology sent a letter to WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) asking once again for the names [...]

  • dry conditions

Dry conditions could worsen for Texas

December 11th, 2017|

Much of the state appears to be facing a continued dry spell through winter, according to State Climatologist Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon. October and November were two of the driest Octobers and Novembers on record. It was excessively dry during the typically wet fall months. Nielsen-Gammon anticipates the dry conditions to continue through the next several [...]