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  • rural vet

TAHC accepting rural veterinary shortage nominations

September 22nd, 2017|

The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) is accepting nominations for geographic areas of Texas experiencing a shortage of veterinarians who work in food animal medicine, rural private practice or public practice. The TAHC will accept nominations until 5:00 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29. As part of the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Veterinary [...]

  • Harvey Flooding

Houston Livestock Show donates $750,000 to TFB hurricane relief efforts

September 21st, 2017|

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo officials announced plans for its $2 million donation to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts to help rebuild Houston and the surrounding areas. “With a mission of promoting agriculture and a passion for education, it is only fitting for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo to equally support these areas in [...]

  • cotton-hail

Hail storm destroys Panhandle cotton

September 21st, 2017|

By Shala Gean Communications Specialist More than a dozen farmers in the Panhandle lost cotton and received damage to other crops after a weekend hailstorm wiped out thousands of acres. Billy Tiller lost 3,500 acres of his cotton acreage in Lamb and Bailey counties. He estimates 20,000 acres were damaged in the area from the [...]

  • DowDuPont

DowDuPont changes blueprint for company split

September 21st, 2017|

By Jessica Domel Multimedia Reporter Two weeks after their successful merger, DowDuPont is clarifying and altering its plan to later split into three independent companies. After analyzing the company’s plan for businesses focusing on agriculture, materials science and specialty products, the board of directors announced a few changes to what companies, or lines, will go [...]

  • crop update

Texas rice, sorghum, corn production forecast down

September 19th, 2017|

By Jessica Domel Multimedia Reporter Higher commodity prices have pushed Texas farmers to plant, and produce, more cotton, soybeans and peanuts this year. Upland cotton According to the September Crop Production report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), about 9.3 million bales of upland cotton are expected from Texas farmers this year. That’s an [...]

  • CWD

TPWD sets CWD sample collector trainings

September 19th, 2017|

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service have partnered to coordinate chronic wasting disease (CWD) postmortem sample collector trainings in the Panhandle and Trans-Pecos. The trainings are part of the state’s increased CWD surveillance. Landowners and managers, taxidermists and veterinarians can train to collect [...]

  • pasture rents

Non-irrigated land rents higher in Texas

September 18th, 2017|

By Jessica Domel Multimedia Reporter Farmers across most of Texas are paying more to lease non-irrigated farmland. The price per acre in the Coastal Bend rose $3.50 over the last year to the state’s highest average at $61 an acre per year, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National [...]

  • hay donation

Houston County rancher coordinates hay donation efforts

September 18th, 2017|

By Shala Gean Communications Specialist Since Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas last month, hundreds of farmers and ranchers have come together to help provide shelter, feed and water to displaced livestock. The outpouring of support in agricultural community has been overwhelming. Support within the Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) community has also been strong. Among [...]

  • hay relief Cherokee
  • hay relief

Hay from the heart

September 15th, 2017|

By Jessica Domel Multimedia Reporter Most of them have never met. Some never will. But that didn’t stop a group of Cherokee County farmers, ranchers and students from doing all they could to help their fellow Texans flooded by Hurricane Harvey. It started with a Facebook post. Texas Farm Bureau Field Representative Jodie Goff was [...]

  • agrilife

Free private water well testing for hurricane-affected areas

September 15th, 2017|

Experts are reminding private well owners in areas affected by Hurricane Harvey to get their well water tested. “You should not use water from a flooded well for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing your teeth or even bathing until you are satisfied it is not contaminated,” Dr. Diane Boellstorff, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service water [...]