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Important tax deadline looms for farmers

January 20th, 2017|

By Jessica Domel Multimedia Editor Farmers and ranchers have just a few more days to file important paperwork with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or face penalties for failing to do so. The deadline to file a 1099 for contract laborers is now a month earlier than in years past. Previously, the copy to be [...]

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2015 Hunting Accident Report details all-time low number of accidents

January 20th, 2017|

The 2015 Hunting Accident Report has been released, and it details an all-time low number of hunting accidents during the year. There were 20 hunting accidents in 2015, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) report. Two of the accidents were fatal, 18 of the accidents were non-fatal. The number one cause of accidents [...]

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Texas FFA names Large as executive director

January 20th, 2017|

By Julie Tomascik Editor The Texas FFA Association named Austin Large as the new executive director effective Feb. 13. “We are excited to have Mr. Large join the Texas FFA Association. I know he will be a great fit to lead this organization into its next level of achievement,” Ray Pieniazek, Texas FFA board of [...]

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Trump taps Perdue as ag secretary

January 19th, 2017|

President-elect Donald Trump has nominated former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to lead the Department of Agriculture. "Sonny Perdue is going to accomplish great things as Secretary of Agriculture," Trump said in a statement. "From growing up on a farm to being governor of a big agriculture state, he has spent his whole life understanding and [...]

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‘First Peas to the Table’ contest

January 19th, 2017|

By Landee Kieschnick TFB Communications Intern Many watched as Savvy Shields of Fayetteville, Ark. wowed the Miss America judges in September enroute to taking home the crown. As Miss America 2017, Shields’ message is simple: Eat better, live better. A message that Shields said connects to agriculture. “I am very passionate about teaching and inspiring [...]

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USDA accepting comments on organic checkoff

January 19th, 2017|

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is currently accepting comments to a proposal for a nationwide research and promotion checkoff program for the organic industry. The organic industry proposal estimates the organic checkoff, referred to as GRO Organic (Generic Research and Promotion Order for Organic), could raise more than $30 million a year to spend [...]

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Farm Bureau ready to work with Trump cabinet

January 18th, 2017|

By Jessica Domel Multimedia Editor The future of immigration policy, land regulation, tax reform, trade and other issues important to agriculture and rural America will be decided by a group of men and women selected by voters and President-elect Donald Trump over the past few weeks and months. While Congress plays a vital role in [...]

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Vilsack will continue service to agriculture sector

January 18th, 2017|

After serving eight years as Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack will continue to serve agriculture, although in a new capacity. Vilsack will be president and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) beginning Feb. 1, according to a news release. The announcement confirmed rumors Vilsack would succeed Tom Suber, who retired after 22 years. In [...]

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Discovering Farmland curriculum available

January 18th, 2017|

The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance recently launched Digital Exploration and Interactive Lesson Plans as part of its Discovering Farmland curriculum, which is based on the award-winning documentary, Farmland, a film by James Moll. Building off the four free lesson plans, these new activities further inspire students in urban areas to gain real world insights [...]

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Texas Legislature opens with fewer dollars, new members

January 17th, 2017|

By Gary Joiner TFB Radio Network Manager The 85th Texas Legislature gaveled in on Jan. 10, with reduced state revenue, 24 new members and more than 1,400 bills awaiting lawmakers in Austin to start the 140-day regular session. Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) is there and already tracking more than 100 pieces of legislation of interest. [...]