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Industry News

Fair ag trade matters to rural America

published: August 14th 2018 by: Zippy Duvall source: American Farm Bureau

August recess is here, and Capitol Hill will soon be deserted as representatives and senators flock back home for the rest of this summer. The end-of-summer recess has historically been an important time for representatives and senators to meet with constituents and hear about the impact of policies and decisions coming out of Washington....

Industry News

Producers Must File by August 17, One-Year Extension Available to Holders of Many Expiring Contracts

published: August 13th 2018 source: USDA

WASHINGTON, Aug. 7, 2018 – Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Richard Fordyce reminded producers today that the deadline to sign up for enrollment in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is Friday, Aug....

Herd Health

Update on the status of cattle fever tick control program

published: August 10th 2018 source: Texas Farm Bureau

An agreement has been reached between Texas’ cattle organizations, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the federal Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and the Texas Animal Health Commission that would allow spraying of cattle to resume in the fever tick control program for a limited time....


Experts advise cattle producers to keep watchful eye on export markets

published: August 9th 2018 by: Blair Fannin source: Texas AgriLife Today

COLLEGE STATION – The impact of U.S. beef exports on calf prices continues to rise as experts advise ranchers to stay abreast of trade developments globally. Randy Blach, CEO of CattleFax in Denver, Colorado, told attendees at the Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course in College Station that exports have become an integral part of calf prices and, following the latest trade discussions, are imperative when formulating marketing plans....

Industry News

Schwertner receives Texas A&M AgriLife Distinguished Texan in Agriculture Award

published: August 8th 2018 by: Blair Fannin source: Texas AgriLife Today

  COLLEGE STATION – Jim Schwertner has received the Texas A&M AgriLife Distinguished Texan in Agriculture Award.       Schwertner received the honor at the 64th Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course at Texas A&M University in College Station....

Industry News

Relationship builder: Texas A&M AgriLife’s Larry Boleman reflects on 54 years in beef education, outreach

published: August 7th 2018 by: Blair Fannin source: Texas AgriLife Today

COLLEGE STATION – From his time as a student to time in the administrative offices, Dr. Larry Boleman has spent 54 years with Texas A&M University.  As hundreds gathered Monday for a retirement reception at Kyle Field’s Lettermen’s Club honoring Boleman, Texas A&M AgriLife’s associate vice chancellor, there were all walks of life in the room – Texas cattle producers, beef industry representatives, agriculture teachers, Extension agents and specialists, university and A&M System officials – each representing a special time throughout his lengthy career....

Industry News

Steps to mitigate financial risks in agriculture

published: August 6th 2018 source: Arizona Farm Bureau

Recently, the following questions were posed to some of our more seasoned staff at Farm Credit (1) If you could identify a significant risk to a producer being successful and preserving their agricultural investment for the next generation what would it be? (2) What measures did these producers take to mitigate these risks? The answers were varied but fell into one of three categories:  Financial Condition, Risk Management, and Planning for the Future....

Industry News

Miller says meeting coming next week about cattle pesticide spray boxes

published: August 3rd 2018 source: Texas Department of Agriculture

  (AUSTIN)  Today, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller called on federal and state agencies to meet as soon as possible to address rancher’s complaints about pesticide spray boxes in South Texas used to combat Cattle Fever Ticks....

Feed & Nutrition

Study looks at cow’s adaptability to drought, heat stress

published: August 2nd 2018 source: K State Extension

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State University researchers say they are making steady progress on a study that will help define how water intake relates to a cow’s ability to adapt to drought or heat stress....

Pastures & Forages

NRCS accepting drought assistance applications for 128 Texas counties

published: August 1st 2018

TEMPLE, Texas, July 31, 2018 – USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is now accepting drought assistance applications from farmers and ranchers impacted by ongoing drought conditions in 128 of Texas’ 254 counties....


Performance of early weaned calves

published: July 31st 2018 by: Justin Waggoner source: K State Beef Tips

Under normal production circumstances calves are typically weaned at 180-220 days of age, however under circumstances where forage supply is limited or cow body condition is lacking weaning calves at 180 days of age or less may be one of the easiest ways to reduce cow nutrient requirements and improve cow body condition....

Industry News

Winter pasture, stockpiled forage workshop to cover options amid drought

published: July 30th 2018 by: Adam Russell source: Texas AgriLife Today

  OVERTON – Beef cattle producers can learn about different winter pasture and stockpiled forage options to help reduce winter feeding during a workshop hosted by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Aug....

Industry News

Sam Kane to repay nearly $38 million to South Texas ranchers

published: July 27th 2018 source: Texas Southwestern Cattle Raisers

  Sam Kane Beef Processors LLC has entered into an agreement with the United States to comply with the Packers and Stockyards (P&S) Act and to begin to repay nearly $38 million currently owed to local livestock sellers, announced U....

Industry News

5th Annual Sheep and Goat Field Day, Texas Sheep and Goat Expo set for Aug. 17-18

published: July 26th 2018 by: Steve Byrns source: Texas AgriLife Today

  SAN ANGELO – The Texas A&M AgriLife agencies are putting the finishing touches on two major sheep and goat programs in San Angelo, both tailored to all segments of the production side of the industry, organizers said....

Industry News

Worker Protection Standard Affecting Ag Operations

published: July 25th 2018 by: Emily Haskew source: University of Tennessee Extension

The purpose of the Worker Production Standard (WPS) is to minimize the risk of pesticide poisoning and injury among agricultural workers and/or handlers. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) revised the WPS in 2015 to include additional protection for agricultural workers, handlers, and their families....

Industry News

USDA Assists Farmers Impacted by Unjustified Retaliation

published: July 24th 2018 source: USDA

(Washington, D.C., July 24, 2018) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will take several actions to assist farmers in response to trade damage from unjustified retaliation....

Industry News

Youth Beef Cattle Short Course program Includes tour of vet school

published: July 23rd 2018 source: Texas AgriLife Today

COLLEGE STATION – A tour of the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences will be part of an in-depth youth track component of the Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course Aug....

Pastures & Forages

Forage Management Workshop set Aug. 30 in San Antonio

published: July 20th 2018 by: Paul Schattenberg source: Texas AgriLife Today

  SAN ANTONIO — The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will present its Forage Management Workshop Aug. 30 at its office in Bexar County. The workshop will be from 9 a....

Pastures & Forages

Grazing Workshop to Feature Cover Crop Integration

published: July 19th 2018 source: Noble Research Institute

ARDMORE, Okla. — Pasture management can be a challenge for landowners and agricultural producers, especially considering the complex environmental conditions found in the Southern Great Plains....

Industry News

Texas A&M releases new Ace cowpea

published: July 18th 2018 by: Adam Russell source: Texas AgriLife Today

OVERTON – A new forage cowpea variety – Ace – blends a number of desirable characteristics into into a well-rounded option for livestock, wildlife and improved soil health, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research expert....

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