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  • cattle

Canada updates ID requirements for breeding cattle imported from U.S.

October 31st, 2017|

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has issued a notice that Canada has updated its identification requirements for breeding cattle entering the country from the United States. Effective Feb. 1, 2018, Canada will require an 840 radio-frequency identification (RFID) tag and a USA tattoo in the right ear. [...]

  • Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey ag losses top $200 million

October 30th, 2017|

Texas agriculture suffered a major blow when Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas more than two months ago. The agricultural losses top more than $200 million, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economists. “The effects of Hurricane Harvey will linger for quite some time with our Texas farmers and ranchers,” Dr. Doug Steele, agency [...]

  • hurricane assistance

Hurricane assistance deadline extended to Dec. 1

October 30th, 2017|

By Julie Tomascik Editor The deadline to apply for assistance through the Texas Farm Bureau Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund has been extended. Applications will now be accepted through Dec. 1. Texas farmers and ranchers located in counties designated as disaster areas by the federal government are eligible for assistance. Applications and more information are available [...]

  • deer

Taking care of harvested deer in field ensures best end product

October 30th, 2017|

By Gary Joiner TFB Radio Network Manager How well a deer is handled soon after harvest is the key to a successful end product—whether it’s meat processing, taxidermy work or both, according to a longtime processor and taxidermist. Don Montgomery owns Montgomery Processing and Texas Country Critters Taxidermy in Waco. He said hunters should first [...]

  • safety net

Farm Bureau supports proposed safety net fix

October 27th, 2017|

The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) and seven other major farm groups have united in support of a bill introduced by Sens. Heidi Heitkamp and Joni Ernst that improves the Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) Program. The bipartisan legislation would prioritize use of data collected from U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency to calculating yields, [...]

  • County Farm Bureau programs
  • County Farm Bureau programs
  • County Farm Bureau programs

AFBF recognizes county Farm Bureau programs

October 27th, 2017|

By Julie Tomascik Editor Training efforts and agricultural engagement with young leaders have earned two county Farm Bureaus a trip to American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) annual convention. The Austin and Floyd County Farm Bureaus (CFB) were two of the 24 winners nationwide selected by AFBF for innovative program ideas in this year’s County Activities [...]

  • guestworker

TFB members, leaders push for viable guestworker program

October 26th, 2017|

By Jessica Domel Multimedia Reporter A bill designed to replace the current H-2A guestworker program for agriculture was voted out of the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday after a solid push from Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) members and leadership for a viable worker program for farmers and ranchers. “TFB leaders and members were very involved in [...]

  • grain bins

USDA issues payments to Texas farmers

October 26th, 2017|

USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting State Executive Director in Texas Erasmo (Eddie) Trevino announced that about 81,000 Texas farms that enrolled in safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill will receive financial assistance for the 2016 crop year. The programs, known as Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC), are designed [...]

  • corn

Great grains cause temporary storage shortage

October 26th, 2017|

By Jessica Domel Multimedia Reporter A record corn crop meant harvest and storage delays for some farmers in North and Central Texas this year. Production in some places simply outpaced grain elevators’ capacity, Texas Corn Producers reported. Lower prices for other commodities like wheat and grain sorghum also compelled some farmers to hang on to [...]

  • feral hog

Is there a solution to Texas’ feral hog problem?

October 25th, 2017|

By Julie Tomascik Editor Damaging and destructive—feral hogs continue to wreak havoc on Texas farms and ranches. Conventional methods help control the growing population, but they are not enough. Each year, landowners are still set back despite their best efforts, and new tools are needed to help mitigate the damage. That’s what Texas Farm Bureau [...]