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  • cows

Report: More cattle in Texas, U.S.

July 25th, 2017|

By Jessica Domel Multimedia Editor American ranchers have been expanding their herds over the past two years, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). There are 4.4 million more head of cattle this month than this time in 2015, according to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) National July [...]

  • ag lease workshop

Ag lease workshops scheduled

July 25th, 2017|

Four agricultural leasing workshops covering grazing, hunting and livestock leases are scheduled across the state. The workshops will be hosted by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. The positive response from the workshops in 2016 prompted AgriLife Extension to offer the programs in more locations, according to Tiffany Dowell Lashmet, AgriLife Extension agricultural law specialist in [...]

  • quail-symposium

Quail symposium to offer insights on research, management

July 25th, 2017|

By Gary Joiner TFB Radio Network Manager Fans and students of Texas quail will gather in Abilene for the Statewide Quail Symposium Aug. 16-18 to learn from leading professionals and experts in quail research, conservation and management. This is the second Statewide Quail Symposium. The first symposium was hosted in 2015. “We’ll start the symposium [...]

  • Texting ban

Texting while driving ban in effect Sept. 1

July 24th, 2017|

By Jessica Domel Multimedia Editor Texans, it’s time to stop typing behind the wheel. Beginning Sept. 1, drivers using a mobile device while a vehicle is in motion will be subject to fines up to $100. Legislation making texting while driving a misdemeanor passed the Texas House and Senate during the regular session. It was [...]

  • Free Enterprise Speech
  • Free Enterprise Speech
  • Free Enterprise Speech

Free Enterprise Speech finalists visit Capitol Hill

July 24th, 2017|

By Julie Tomascik Editor Free Enterprise Speech finalists took to Capitol Hill last week to meet with legislators. The finalists received an expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. from Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) to visit elected officials, witness Congress in session and visit historical sites. "The trip to Washington, D.C. is a way to bring the [...]

  • Rice

U.S., China sign historic rice agreement

July 24th, 2017|

By Shala Watson Multimedia Writer Rice growers across the country have received a “shot in the arm” thanks to the continued efforts of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and the Trump administration to provide market access to China. Perdue and China’s Vice Premier Wang Yang signed a long-stalled phytosanitary protocol [...]

  • beef ban

Brazilian official pushes end to U.S. beef ban

July 21st, 2017|

By Jessica Domel Multimedia Editor Progress needs to be made before the United States will lift its ban on imports of fresh meat from Brazil, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said. Earlier this week, Perdue met with Brazilian Minister of Agriculture Blairo Maggi in Washington, D.C. to discuss the ban. Reuters reports Maggi pressed [...]

  • Panhandle wildfire

Rangeland recovery meetings approaching

July 21st, 2017|

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will host a day-long Range Recovery Meeting and Field Discussion on Aug. 3. Ranchers affected by the Panhandle wildfires earlier this year are encouraged to attend. The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will host a day-long Range Recovery Meeting and Field Discussion on Aug. 3. Ranchers affected by the Panhandle [...]

  • Steve Censky deputy secretary of Agriculture

Censky nominated as USDA deputy secretary

July 21st, 2017|

The Trump administration has nominated Stephen Censky to serve as deputy secretary of Agriculture. Censky has served as the CEO of the American Soybean Association since 1996. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says he’s pleased with the nomination, noting Censky’s experience and leadership skills will enhance the efforts of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). “I [...]

  • Cotton

Lawmakers call on Trump to help cotton farmers

July 20th, 2017|

A bipartisan group of 109 lawmakers submitted a letter to President Donald Trump on Monday, urging the president to help stabilize the cotton industry. The letter was a joint effort with House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway, House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), General Farm Commodities and Risk Managmement Subcommittee Chairman Rick Crawford (R-Ark.), [...]