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  • Members of Texas Farm Bureau’s new AgLead-FarmLead class will develop and hone their leadership skills to help benefit Texas agriculture and their communities.

TFB AgLead-FarmLead class participants selected

April 18th, 2019|

By Julie Tomascik Editor Strong agricultural leadership can make a difference in the field and beyond the fence row. Members of Texas Farm Bureau’s (TFB) new AgLead-FarmLead class will develop and hone their leadership skills to help benefit Texas agriculture and their communities. “AgLead-FarmLead is an advanced agricultural leadership program designed to enhance and develop [...]

  • With many mature toms strutting across the Rio Grande turkey ranger, Texas hunters should have a good shot at a long beard this spring.

Abundance of mature birds await Texas turkey hunters

April 17th, 2019|

By Gary Jonier TFB Radio Network Manager With many mature toms strutting across the Rio Grande turkey range, Texas hunters should have a good shot at a long beard this spring. Jason Hardin, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) turkey program leader, said good habitat conditions could make for challenging hunting, but the middle to [...]

  • Planting season is underway in many states across the U.S., and progress is on track with previous years.

Planting progress on par with five-year averages

April 17th, 2019|

By Justin Walker Communications Specialist Planting season is underway in many states across the U.S., and progress is on track with previous years. Cotton, corn and rice growers have started planting their crops with no major issues as of yet, Brad Rippey, USDA meteorologist, said. U.S. cotton farmers are ahead of the five-year average of [...]

  • Using native fungi combinations may help reduce aflatoxin levels in corn.

Researchers find control method for aflatoxin

April 16th, 2019|

By Jennifer Dorsett Field Editor Aflatoxin contamination costs farmers billions of dollars annually, but one study shows promise for a safe, cost-effective method to control fungal contamination. Researchers from North Carolina State University have found native Aspergillus flavus strains are as effective or more effective than commercially-available strains in controlling aflatoxin levels in corn crops. [...]

  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently released the Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report, showing signs of slower growth in herd expansion.

Quarterly hog report shows slower growth, expansion ahead

April 16th, 2019|

By Justin Walker Communications Specialist The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently released the Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report, showing signs of slower growth in herd expansion. Farrowing intentions for the current quarter and upcoming summer quarter are less than what experts previously expected, USDA Livestock Analyst Shayle Shagam said. Intentions are up only one [...]

  • Despite softening prices and lower inventories, markets for sheep and goat meat and fiber remain strong.

Sheep, goat prices, inventories down slightly in Texas

April 15th, 2019|

By Justin Walker Communications Specialist Despite softening prices and lower inventories, markets for sheep and goat meat and fiber remain strong. But prices still remain high relative to their respective five-year averages. That, coupled with growing demand for meat, hair and wool, are sending a mixed signal, Bill Thompson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist, [...]

  • Citing concerns for livestock care and biosecurity, Texas Farm Bureau urged the Department of Transportation to give livestock haulers more flexibility in meeting certain hours of service requirements.

TFB asks for more flexible livestock hauling rules

April 15th, 2019|

By Julie Tomascik Editor Citing concerns for livestock care and biosecurty, Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) urged the Department of Transportation (DOT) to give livestock haulers flexibility in meeting certain hours of service requirements. This would allow the haulers to better address the unique needs of the live animals they’re transporting while still prioritizing road safety, [...]

  • Texas farmers and ranchers donated more than $10,000 Nebraska farmers, ranchers and rural communities as they struggle to recover from the state’s devastating natural disasters last month.

Texans donate to help Nebraska Farm Bureau relief fund

April 12th, 2019|

By Julie Tomascik Editor Texas farmers and ranchers are offering assistance to Nebraska farmers, ranchers and rural communities as they struggle to recover from the state’s devastating natural disasters last month. Texas Farm Bureau donated $5,000 to the Nebraska Farm Bureau Relief Fund. McLennan County Farm Bureau also donated $5,000, and the TFB Young Farmer [...]

  • It’s no surprise to the agricultural community, but the 2017 Census of Agriculture confirmed it Thursday–Texas farmers and ranchers are doing more with less and taking fewer days off to get it done.

Census reveals dynamics of Texas agriculture

April 12th, 2019|

By Jessica Domel Multimedia Reporter It’s no surprise to the agricultural community, but the 2017 Census of Agriculture confirmed it Thursday—Texas farmers and ranchers are doing more with less and taking fewer days off to get it done. In 2017, there were 248,416 farms in Texas. That’s 390 fewer than in 2012, but 20,243 more [...]

  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced today the implementation status and progress of the programs in the 2018 Farm Bill.

USDA update on farm bill implementation progress

April 12th, 2019|

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the implementation status of the 2018 Farm Bill. President Trump signed the farm bill into law Dec. 20, 2018, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) then began implementation of key programs. USDA held several listening sessions with stakeholders and the public, specific to each agency’s respective [...]