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So far Shala Watson has created 15 blog entries.
  • No land no water

‘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 [...]

  • james o brien

Texan among new national advocacy leadership class

April 19th, 2017|

Texas Farm Bureau member James O’Brien is among the young farmers and ranchers who have been selected by the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) as the organization’s ninth Partners in Advocacy Leadership class. AFBF created the PAL curriculum as a high-level, executive training program that prepares participants to represent agriculture in the media, in public speaking, [...]

  • WOTUS

WOTUS challenges move forward

April 19th, 2017|

By Jessica Domel Multimedia Editor The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) will not put legal challenges to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule on hold. The court announced it will continue its jurisdictional consideration for WOTUS legal challenges in early April after President Donald Trump issued an executive [...]

  • rice

Rice crop prices down, acreage lower

April 18th, 2017|

By Jessica Domel and Tom Nicolette Texas will see 15 percent fewer acres of rice this year. Farmers reported to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) that they expected to plant around 165,000 acres. The crop is already in the ground for most and is looking good in the Victoria area. “We’ve gotten good [...]