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Nueces County crop production report for 2015
Things are getting fairly dry again in many parts of Texas, especially in the Coastal Bend.
Remaining profitable is possible in spite of low commodity prices
"The wrong cuts could result in yield reductions and/or detrimental impacts over the next several years, such as with poor weed management. Increasing efficiency may be a more viable option."
Vilsack kicks off new round of war against plant diseases
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced last week that $58.25 million of Section 1007 funding for 2016 will be distributed among a total of 434 projects that prevent the introduction or spread of plant pests and diseases that threaten U.S. agriculture and the environment and ensure the availability of a healthy supply of clean plant stock in the United States for years to come.
State of Texas, South Texas business and local government officials join to add more agriculture inspectors at Texas-Mexico land ports
The agriculture and transportation industry in South Texas has expressed the need for more USDA inspectors.
Dry soils have helped Texas winter vegetables
"Cabbage, carrots and onions in the Rio Grande Valley are doing extremely well," says Dr. Juan Anciso, an AgriLife Extension vegetable specialist in Weslaco, .
Extension officials urge sorghum growers to comment on TDA request for Section 18 exemption for use of Transform in 2016
The EPA has opened a brief public comment period for the Texas Section 18 request for Transform on sorghum for SCA management.
New amendments to Cuban sanctions announced by Feds
The White House announced in December, 2014, that the administration would pursue a path toward normalizing relations with Cuba.
Vertical farm research expands in Houston area
As demand for more farm acres rises to meet the expected increase in future food demands, the last place you would expect farmers to grow food would be in the heart of a city.
Vegetable marketing and consumer perception
According to a related study, consumers are trending toward gathering information about food from farmers, family, nutritionists, and healthcare workers and relying less on information from major food suppliers.
House joins Senate move to nullify WOTUS rule
"[The] passage of this resolution is a critical step toward stopping what some believe to be the largest federal land grab in history."
Deadly weather causes heavy herd loss across Southwest
Estimated cattle loses ranging from 5,000 to a high of 50,000-plus from winter storm Goliath.
Peanut Board targets millennials
Last week, over the course of 24 hours, the Peanut Vendor tweeted 365 predictions for an entire year, one broadcast every two minutes over a span of about 12 hours.
Texas could benefit from Chinese demand for alternative fuels
USDA announced last week a significant jump in ethanol exports to China this year.
Horticulture sales rise 18 percent over five years
Horticulture operations sold a total of $13.8 billion in floriculture, nursery and specialty crops in 2014, up 18 percent since 2009.
Vegetables grown on organic soils contribute to greenhouse gas
“Reducing the emission from cultivated organic soils is an obvious choice to achieve greenhouse gas emission reductions from agriculture."
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