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  • hay bales

Hay scam hits South Texas

May 11th, 2017|

By Jessica Domel Multimedia Editor Be careful who you sell to. The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) is warning Texas about a scam that could cost them money and possibly supplies. Johnson and Karnes county residents reported to TDA that someone attempted to scam them using the guise of a hay sale. The suspect(s) would [...]

  • GM

TFB members save on GM vehicles through May 31

May 11th, 2017|

By Julie Tomascik Editor Make your best deal, stack incentives and top it off with the Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) $500. And do it fast! Texas Farm Bureau members can save on qualifying new Chevrolet, Buick and GMC vehicles through May 31. “After six years, the agreement between Farm Bureau and General Motors is coming [...]

  • fight cattle fever ticks

USDA beefs up funding to help fight cattle fever ticks

May 11th, 2017|

By Julie Tomascik Editor Texas cattlemen have received an additional $3.7 million in federal aid to bolster efforts in the cattle fever tick permanent quarantine zone along the Texas-Mexico border. This will be added to the $8.5 million already allocated for 2017, bringing the total to $12.2 million. The funding comes in response to requests [...]

  • no land no water campaign

‘No Land No Water’ campaign promotes conservation

April 21st, 2017|

By Gary Joiner TFB Radio Network Manager When it rains in Texas, it falls predominantly on a privately-owned farm, ranch or timberland. How that land is managed will have consequences for the future of Texas water. That’s a cornerstone message of “No Land No Water,” a new public awareness campaign of the Texas Agricultural Land [...]

  • TRC

Texas Rural Challenge competition deadlines approaching

April 21st, 2017|

By Shala Watson Multimedia Writer Rural communities make up more than half of the Lone Star State, and the Texas Rural Challenge is a statewide conference that caters to these rural communities and gives them resources to strengthen their economies. “It’s about growing rural Texas, strengthening rural Texas and empowering rural Texas through rural businesses [...]

  • farm bill

Farm bill talks begin in House Committee on Agriculture

April 21st, 2017|

By Jessica Domel Multimedia Editor The next farm bill may be at least two years away from implementation, but lawmakers in Washington, D.C. are already hard at work trying to determine what should be included in the next bill. The House Committee on Agriculture’s Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management held a hearing [...]

  • census

Countdown to agriculture census

April 20th, 2017|

By Shala Watson Multimedia Writer Every five years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) conducts the Census of Agriculture. The 2017 ag census will be mailed at the end of this year. The census is a complete count of all U.S. farms, ranches and those who operate them. This year’s [...]

  • watermelons

Training set to help growers prepare for new rule

April 20th, 2017|

By Shala Watson Multimedia Writer Produce safety outlined under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is a federal requirement that will impact Texas farmers. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) are coordinating efforts with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service to offer materials and classes to help educate, train [...]

  • kubota

Kubota opens North American headquarters in Texas

April 20th, 2017|

Kubota Tractor Corporation unveiled its new North American headquarters building in Grapevine, Texas earlier this month. The company’s move to Texas from Torrance, Calif., is the most significant change it has undertaken in its 45-year history in the U.S., where it has introduced over the years a full line of iconic orange tractors, construction equipment, [...]

  • sorghum acres

Sorghum acreage on the rise

April 19th, 2017|

By Jessica Domel Multimedia Editor Despite the prolific sugarcane aphids, Texas farmers are sticking with sorghum. Farmers report they’ll plant about 1.8 million acres in Texas this year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (USDA NASS). The forecast is five percent lower than last year’s acreage, which was higher than [...]