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  • The U.S. Department of Commerce announced a draft agreement with Mexican tomato growers to work out trade disputes on Tuesday evening.

Agreement announced to settle Mexico tomato antidumping investigation

August 23rd, 2019|

By Justin Walker Communications Specialist The U.S. Department of Commerce announced a draft agreement with Mexican tomato growers to work out trade disputes on Tuesday evening. The agreement will suspend the antidumping investigation into fresh tomatoes from Mexico, protecting the domestic tomato industry from unfair trade. “For many years, there have been disputes over the [...]

  • A federal court said the 2015 Waters of the United States rule is unlawful under the Clean Water Act because of its “vast expansion of jurisdiction over waters and land traditionally within the states’ regulatory authority.”

Federal court sends illegal water rule back to EPA

August 23rd, 2019|

Repeal of the 2015 Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule is a victory for clean water and clear rules, according to Texas Farm Bureau. A federal court this week said the rule is unlawful under the Clean Water Act because of its “vast expansion of jurisdiction over waters and land traditionally within the states’ [...]

  • The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is proposing changes to its hours-of-service requirements for truck drivers, and they’ll be in Dallas this week to discuss the proposal.

Hours-of-service listening session Friday in Dallas

August 22nd, 2019|

By Jessica Domel Multimedia Reporter The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is proposing changes to its hours-of-service requirements for truck drivers, and they’ll be in Dallas this week to discuss the proposal. “On Friday, we’re going to be talking about the new notice of proposed rulemaking relating to hours-of-service,” Joe DeLorenzo, director of FMCSA’s [...]

  • USA Rice and Corteva are partnering together to award $8,500 in scholarships during National Rice Month.

National Rice Month scholarship contest now open

August 22nd, 2019|

By Justin Walker Communications Specialist USA Rice and Corteva are partnering together to award $8,500 in scholarships during National Rice Month. The scholarships will be awarded through a video contest where applicants promote U.S.-grown rice, National Rice Month and the importance of rice in their home state. Only high school seniors from Arkansas, California, Louisiana, [...]

  • Two Texans were sworn into positions with the U.S. Department of Agriculture this month.

Texans appointed to USDA positions

August 22nd, 2019|

By Justin Walker Communications Specialist Two Texans were sworn into positions with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) this month. Brandon Lipps was appointed the deputy undersecretary of Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services (FNCS), and Pam Miller will serve as administrator of the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). “I am excited to welcome Brandon Lipps [...]

  • There should be birds aplenty for Texas hunters for the opening of dove season.

Bird population, habitat point to positive dove season

August 21st, 2019|

By Gary Joiner TFB Radio Network Manager There should be birds aplenty for Texas hunters for the opening of dove season. The regular season opens Sept. 1 in the North and Central Zones and Sept. 14 in the South Zone. “Things are looking really, really good,” said Owen Fitzsimmons, Dove Program leader for the Texas [...]

  • A free downloadable book, A Berry Good Project, geared toward third- to fifth-grade students is now available. The book helps students understand farmers’ choices related to pest management.

‘A Berry Good Project’ available from Feeding Minds Press

August 21st, 2019|

A Berry Good Project, a free downloadable book geared toward third- to fifth-grade students, is now available from Feeding Minds Press. The book helps students understand farmers’ choices related to pest management. It also introduces students to careers in agriculture, including Extension agent and strawberry farmer. “Children’s books are powerful tools to help students understand [...]

  • Economic uncertainty, trade tensions with China and adverse weather conditions are taking their toll on farm equipment sales in the United States.

Tractor, combine sales declining

August 20th, 2019|

By Jessica Domel Multimedia Reporter Economic uncertainty, trade tensions with China and adverse weather conditions are taking their toll on farm equipment sales in the United States. Sales of self-propelled combines were down 25.9 percent in July compared to the same time last year. Ag equipment dealers sold 9.8 percent fewer 100-plus horsepower tractors. “The [...]

  • Texas vegetable grower Bernie Thiel faces a medley of issues—including weather challenges, markets and labor.

Texas vegetable grower faces challenges

August 20th, 2019|

By Jennifer Dorsett Field Editor A man leans against a dusty pickup truck, surveying the field before him. A full moon still shines overhead, but the light gradually shifts. Suddenly, the sun peeks over the horizon. Moments later, golden rays of light bathe row after row of lush, leafy plants studded with sunshine-yellow blooms. And [...]

  • All current hunting and fishing licenses, except the year-to-date fishing license, expire at the end of August, and new licenses for 2019-20 are on sale now.

Hunting, fishing licenses on sale

August 19th, 2019|

All current hunting and fishing licenses, except the year-to-date fishing license, expire at the end of August, and new licenses for 2019-20 are on sale now. Outdoor enthusiasts in Texas purchase more than 2.4 million hunting and fishing licenses annually. Hunters and anglers can purchase licenses online, by phone or in person at any of [...]