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  • farm and windmill

Capital Farm Credit offers financial tips

February 24th, 2017|

By Jessica Domel Multimedia Editor Low commodity prices and tight margins are putting the squeeze on many farmers and ranchers. While some will consider a loan, others remain hesitant to add new debt. Whichever option a farmer or rancher chooses, Phil Peabody, regional vice president for Capital Farm Credit, says it’s important to first understand [...]

  • steak

Deflation changes meat purchase habits

February 24th, 2017|

Despite years of increasing prices in a volume-challenged marketplace, deflation is overwhelmingly changing meat purchase intents yet again, according to a recent report. The Food Marketing Institute and the North American Meat Institute have released their annual consumer trends analysis of the food retail meat department. They found that price relief is driving a greater [...]

  • spinach

Vegetable harvest underway in Lower Rio Grande Valley

February 24th, 2017|

Vegetable growers across most of South Texas are hoping the unseasonably-warm winter will remain now that planting has begun to wrap up across the Texas Winter Garden, according to Southwest Farm Press. Warm temperatures have helped winter spinach crops arrive at market early, and some growers are still producing. As for strawberry growers, they may [...]

February 24, 2017

February 24th, 2017|

This week's Austin Newsletter includes: -Water -Eminent Domain -Transportation   Click here to read the Feb. 24, 2017 Austin Newsletter.

  • wild pigs

Ag commissioner approves new measure for wild pig control

February 23rd, 2017|

Texas farmers and ranchers are losing ground to wild pigs. A new measure recently approved by Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller looks to change that. Miller announced this week a rule change in the Texas Administrative Code (TAC) that classifies a warfarin-based hog lure as a state limited-use pesticide. The pesticide, “Kaput Feral Hog Lure,” [...]

  • farm bill funding

AFBF joins groups in support of farm bill funding

February 23rd, 2017|

Reduced spending under the 2014 Farm Bill contributed greatly to the nation’s deficit reduction effort. But additional cuts to the 2018 Farm Bill would present perils on many fronts, a diverse coalition recently told congressional appropriations and budget leaders. In a letter, 502 different groups, representing a wide range of constituents–from agriculture and nutrition assistance [...]

  • iconic barn Lubbock

Iconic ag landmark in Lubbock to be renovated

February 23rd, 2017|

By Landee Kieschnick TFB Communications Intern At the heart of the campus sits an iconic landmark rooted in Texas Tech University’s agricultural heritage. Since opening its doors in 1927, the university’s dairy barn was used by students who were a part of the Student Dairy Association to milk and collect revenue to pay for their [...]

  • fever ticks
  • fever ticks

Cattle fever ticks a growing concern

February 22nd, 2017|

By Julie Tomascik Editor The cattle fever tick, and the disease it carries, has the capability to cripple the Texas cattle industry if it’s not contained. With the spread of ticks outside the permanent quarantine zone, Texas ranchers, veterinarians and animal health officials are growing increasingly concerned. As of Feb. 8, more than 500,000 acres [...]

  • Texas Rural Challenge
  • Texas Rural Challenge
  • IED

Texas Rural Challenge spotlights economic development

February 22nd, 2017|

By Landee Kieschnick TFB Communications Intern An opportunity to spur rural economic development and encourage rural entrepreneurship in youth and business owners comes as a sign of encouragement for small town leaders, officials and entrepreneurs. Rural communities make up more than half of Texas counties, which means out of 254 counties about 180 are close [...]

  • Monarch Butterfly

Monarch butterfly populations down

February 22nd, 2017|

Farmers, landowners, conservationists and citizen groups are making steady progress promoting the conservation of monarch butterflies and expanding habitat. A report recently released by the World Wildlife Fund and the Mexican National Commission of Protected Natural Areas shows an urgent need for expanded implementation of conservation action to improve the monarch's North American population, according [...]