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  • farmers.gov

USDA adds new tools, resources to farmers.gov

August 15th, 2018|

Farmers and ranchers have new resources available to them to prepare for and recover from impacts of natural disasters on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) new website, farmers.gov. The site has updated tools and information to help farmers and ranchers identify the right programs and make decisions for their operations. “Agriculture is a risky [...]

  • disaster area

Zavala County designated as disaster area

August 15th, 2018|

Farmers and ranchers in Zavala County, who suffered losses and damages due to a recent drought, may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans. The loans are made available under the authority of U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. Farmers and ranchers in the contiguous Texas counties of [...]

  • fishing licenses

New hunting, fishing licenses on sale Aug. 15

August 14th, 2018|

New 2018-2019 Texas hunting and fishing licenses go on sale Wednesday, Aug. 15, with more than 2.4 million licenses expected to be purchased in the coming year. All current Texas hunting and fishing licenses, except year-to-date fishing licenses, expire Aug. 31. Licenses from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) are available at the agency’s [...]

  • farm bill passage

Farm Bureau, Farmers Union call for swift farm bill passage

August 14th, 2018|

The two largest farming groups in the United States called for swift passage of the farm bill by a congressional conference committee. Faced with the lowest farm income in 12 years, the presidents of the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) and National Farmers Union (NFU) are asking Senate and House conferees to move quickly. Everything [...]

  • production forecasts

USDA raises crop production forecasts

August 13th, 2018|

By Jessica Domel Multimedia Report Trade tensions, drought and higher-than-expected yields have changed the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) forecast for many U.S. commodities. Corn According to USDA’s World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) Report, farmers are forecast to grow more than 14.5 billion bushels of corn this year. USDA raised its forecast 356 [...]

  • glyphosate

Monsanto to appeal Roundup lawsuit

August 13th, 2018|

By Jessica Domel Multimedia Reporter After 32 days at trial and three days of deliberations, a California jury on Friday returned a verdict in favor of a former school groundskeeper who claims his cancer was caused by popular weedkiller glyphosate. Dewayne Johnson of California was awarded $39 million in compensatory damages and $250 million in [...]

  • Texas cotton

Concho Valley pastures, crops drying up

August 10th, 2018|

By Jessica Domel Multimedia Reporter Excessive heat, high winds and several months without significant rainfall are straining crops and rangeland across the Concho Valley. Almost all of the corn in Tom Green County is harvested, but yields were lower than normal. The same may be true for cotton. “Cotton is real spotty. It's been struggling [...]

  • matching grant

AITC matching grant program underway for CFBs

August 10th, 2018|

By Justin Walker Communications Specialist County Farm Bureaus (CFB) are once again eligible for matching grants to reimburse activities that promote agricultural literacy and awareness. Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) will distribute funds up to $250 through the Ag in the Classroom (AITC) Matching Grant Program to CFBs that have encouraged agricultural education through programs or [...]

  • pork exports

Trade tensions stymie pork exports in Mexico, China

August 10th, 2018|

By Jessica Domel Multimedia Reporter Demand for U.S.-grown pork was strong in the first half of 2018, but retaliatory tariffs from two of the country’s largest pork export markets may dampen trade in the coming months. U.S. pork exports set a new volume record in April, the same month the People’s Republic of China implemented [...]

  • sales tax

Sales tax holiday means savings for Texas shoppers

August 9th, 2018|

By Justin Walker Communications Specialist The sales tax holiday returns this weekend, and shoppers can save on school supplies. Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said Texans can save on backpacks and pants, among other items, starting Friday, Aug. 10, through Sunday, Aug. 12. The annual event exempts most clothing, footwear and school supplies that cost less [...]