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  • The first anthrax case of the year was confirmed in one captive antelope on a premises in Uvalde County on June 19.

Anthrax confirmed on Uvalde County premises

June 24th, 2019|

The first anthrax case of the year was confirmed in one captive antelope on a premises in Uvalde County on June 19. “The premises is located within the triangular area of Texas where anthrax is historically found in the soil,” Dr. Susan Rollo, state epidemiologist, said. “There is an effective anthrax vaccine available for use [...]

  • USDA announced funding for the eradication and control of feral swine through a new pilot program. Three areas in Texas have been identified for the program.

USDA announces feral swine control pilot program

June 21st, 2019|

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced $75 million in funding is available for the eradication and control of feral swine through a new pilot program. The program, Feral Swine Eradication and Control Pilot Program, is a joint effort between USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. The 2018 Farm [...]

  • Texas Farm Bureau’s original radio offering, Farm Bureau Roundup, celebrated 65 years on the air in May at a gathering in Fort Worth.

‘Farm Bureau Roundup’ celebrates 65 years on air

June 21st, 2019|

By Gary Joiner TFB Radio Network Manager Texas Farm Bureau’s (TFB) original radio offering, Farm Bureau Roundup, celebrated 65 years on the air in May at a gathering in Fort Worth of present and past Roundup reporters and associates of the program. The 15-minute program first aired on May 22, 1954, on 62 stations in [...]

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Drones, data could help monitor cattle health

June 20th, 2019|

By Jessica Domel Multimedia Reporter Instead of saddling the horse or starting up a vehicle, cowboys of the future may instead launch drones to monitor cattle health and behavior. At the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Amarillo, scientists are testing several different technologies that could make home on the range, or on [...]

  • Grilling safety and food safety should remain a priority during summer months.

Grilling, food safety a high priority during summer

June 20th, 2019|

By Justin Walker Communications Specialist Grilling safety and food safety should remain a priority this summer. One of the biggest issues grillers will encounter this summer is grilling their meats to a proper temperature, Janell Goodwin, food safety expert with U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Meat and Poultry Hotline, said. It’s impossible to tell if [...]

  • A recent report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows full implementation of rural broadband could increase farm and ranch production.

Full broadband implementation could increase ag production

June 19th, 2019|

A recent report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) shows full implementation of rural broadband could increase farm and ranch production. The report, A Case for Rural Broadband, highlights the benefits full deployment of broadband offers to agriculture. It shows policy makers the importance of fully implementing rural broadband, American Farm Bureau Federation Economic [...]

  • The House Appropriations Committee last week approved an amendment to the fiscal year 2020 homeland security spending bill that would allow farmers and ranchers to use the H-2A program for year-round ag jobs.

Amendment passes allowing use of H-2A for year-round work

June 18th, 2019|

The House Appropriations Committee last week approved an amendment to the fiscal year 2020 homeland security spending bill that would allow farmers and ranchers to use the H-2A program for year-round agricultural jobs. Currently, the H-2A program is allowed only for farm jobs that are temporary or seasonal in nature, like harvesting of certain fruits [...]

  • USDA released information for frequently asked questions regarding the 2019 Market Facilitation Program and 2018/2019 disaster relief legislation.

Details on trade-related assistance

June 17th, 2019|

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released information for frequently asked questions regarding the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) and 2018/2019 disaster relief legislation. For frequently asked questions regarding the USDA Risk Management Agency’s prevented planting policy and losses resulting from floods, visit the USDA RMA Flooding page. For several frequently asked questions regarding how USDA [...]

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Grants available to support specialty crops

June 17th, 2019|

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced $10 million is available for competitive grant funding in the 2019 Specialty Crop Multi-State Program (SCMP). Grants are awarded to state departments of agriculture to fund collaborative, multi-state projects that address food safety, plant pests and disease, research, crop-specific common issues and marketing and promotion for specialty crops, [...]