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Job opportunities in agriculture expected to grow rapidly
USDA officials are pointing to a recent study by Purdue economists that indicates now may be the perfect time for young men and women to consider working toward an agriculture-related degree.
Conaway says no to reopening farm bill
Now is a bad time to consider reopening the current farm bill for possible amendments designed to bring relief to growers plagued by low prices and escalating input costs.
House Ag Committee members to visit Coastal Bend
Rep. Vela says agriculture roots run deep in South Texas with many communities originally founded as ranching and farming towns.
“Wall’ talk creates more questions along busy U.S., Mexico border
U.S., Mexico governments studying ways to improve transfers of goods across border while the political rhetoric plays on.
Specialty grants Granted by USDA
In all, 19 grants totaling $36.5 million for research and Extension to support American farmers growing fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops (including floriculture) were made through the Specialty Crop Initiative.
Cotton stalk destruction deadline delayed
IPM Zone 2.2 has been granted a cotton stalk destruction deadline extension until Sept. 15.
U.S. Ag exports expected to rally 1
Vilsack projects U.S. exports will reach $133 billion, a $6 billion trade jump, which, if realized, would represent the sixth-highest total of record.
South Texas cotton sprouting after heavy rains
While hot weather provided substantial heat units and sub-soil moisture sustained crops through the dry period, late season rains in the Upper Coast region now threatens to ruin cotton crops.
Here’s how to reduce potential for mosquito-borne illnesses
Farm and ranch workers and others who work or travel outdoors should use insect repellant.
Health warnings issued for farm and ranch workers
Zika virus has no known connection with animals; so far the transmission routes appear to be exclusively human-to-human with the necessary help from the right mosquito species.
Fighting the war on insects and pathogens of vegetable farming
Where there are new insects, there is a high risk of new pathogens not common to the area as well, meaning an ever-changing environment poses a number of challenges for food producers.
Good yields reported for South Texas cotton
Record rainfall caused extensive flooding in many fields across multiple counties in the Upper Coastal Bend in April and May, and the result was damaged or destroyed crops, replanted fields, or stunted or inconsistent growth for some cotton.
South Texas cotton farmers seeing surprising yields
Producers are reporting surprising yields in many areas with as many as three bales an acre reported in dryland cotton in the Coastal Bend and even more on irrigated fields in the Valley.
NM pecan growers seek pesticide permit
Producers say the more than $100 million state pecan industry could take a big hit this year if EPA denies the request.
Green chile harvest gets underway in New Mexico
Chile growers in New Mexico's agricultural-rich Mesilla Valley region are reporting harvest is now underway on many farms.
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