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  • USDA

Perdue leads first agriculture, rural prosperity task force meeting

June 16th, 2017|

With economic growth and innovation for rural America in mind, the newly-created Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity met for the first time Thursday morning. The task force was created by Executive Order April 25. “What we began here today is to lay a fertile seed bed in rural America, where good things can [...]

  • Texas Farm Bureau's Summer Agricultural Institute
  • Summer Agricultural Institute
  • Summer Agricultural Institute

Summertime learning for Texas teachers

June 16th, 2017|

By Shala Watson Multimedia Writer School is out for the summer. But not for some teachers across the Lone Star State. More than two dozen teachers attended Texas Farm Bureau’s (TFB) Summer Agricultural Institute (SAI) to get a firsthand look at agriculture. The four-day professional development seminar was held in Waco June 5-8. For more [...]

  • Enlist

Enlist corn available for U.S., Canada

June 16th, 2017|

Dow AgroSciences’ Enlist corn hybrids are available for planting in the United States and Canada for the 2018 growing season after China approved the import of the grain containing the trait. “Enlist is among the largest advanced technology opportunities in Dow’s history and demonstrates how our innovation drives our growth,” Andrew Liveris, chairman and chief [...]

Senators discuss importance of agricultural research

June 15th, 2017|

By Jessica Domel Multimedia Editor With a tight budget and the next farm bill just around the corner, U.S. senators are examining what role agricultural research plays in our society. The U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry met Thursday morning to gather perspectives on past and future successes of agricultural research through the [...]

  • USDA

USDA nominations on hold

June 15th, 2017|

It will likely be September before high-level vacancies, including a deputy secretary position, are filled in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue told senators Tuesday six nominees submitted to the White House still await a background check from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and clearance from the ethics office. [...]

  • cantaloupes

Walmart teams up with Bayer to roll out new cantaloupe

June 15th, 2017|

The nation’s biggest grocer, Walmart, has teamed up with Bayer AG to develop a new sweet and juicy winter cantaloupe variety, according to Bloomberg News. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.’s senior vice president for produce and global food sourcing Shawn Baldwin told Bloomberg the off-season cantaloupes it sells in the winter “taste like a piece of wood.” [...]

  • land trends

Texas Land Trends tracks a changing state

June 14th, 2017|

By Gary Joiner TFB Radio Network Manager Is Texas a rural state? Yes. Eighty-three percent of the state’s lands are farms, ranches and forests. But it’s also an urban state. Eighty-six percent of Texans live in urban areas. Such are the dynamics of the Lone Star State, according to Dr. Roel Lopez, director of the [...]

  • NAFTA

AFBF submits NAFTA comments to USTR

June 14th, 2017|

The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) submitted North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) comments to the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) office this week. The comments outline the priorities of farmers and ranchers when it comes to renegotiating NAFTA. AFBF’s Senior Director of Congressional Relations Dave Salmonsen says agriculture needs the renegotiation effort to protect current [...]

  • WSMV
  • WSMV

Gene identified to resist wheat streak mosaic virus

June 14th, 2017|

By Shala Watson Multimedia Writer The Texas wheat crop faced another challenging year from reduced acreage, weather events and disease pressures. Wheat streak mosaic virus (WSMV) was one of the diseases that plagued the wheat crop. WSMV was reported in the Blacklands region in March. Texas A&M AgriLife Research Plant Pathologist Dr. Charles Rush, along [...]

  • beef

Details finalized to send U.S. beef to China

June 13th, 2017|

By Julie Tomascik Editor American beef could soon be at the center of Chinese plates. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the agency has finalized protocols for U.S. beef to once again have access to China's growing middle class. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said the announcement was "a great day for [...]