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Proposed bill could provide loan forgiveness for young farmers
As the annual Future Farmers of America Texas State Convention got underway last week, delegates and officials were riding high on news from Washington that a new bill introduced recently may give young farmers hope for the future as they plan their education in preparation for entry into the farming and ranching industry.
Stronger El Niño could be one for the record books
Hold on to your hats! If the latest weather models are right, the El Niño that dropped record rains on much of the Southwest and reversed a trending drought that was the one of the worst on record in Texas may be intensifying and is expected to not only last until winter but possibly into the growing season of 2016.
Grasshoppers threaten crops in the Texas High Plains
"Exceptional swarm" of grasshoppers reported across large areas of the Texas Panhandle.
New Mexico fruit and vegetable farmers get boost from FINI program
USDA grant promotes more fruit and vegetable consumption for low-income families in New Mexico.
SCA numbers jump in South Texas sorghum
Recent scouting efforts have uncovered growing numbers of SCA in recent days causing Valley AgriLife officials to issue an alert to area sorghum growers on Wednesday.
Risks of harvesting produce following heavy rains
Vegetable growers who wait at least 24 hours after rain or irrigation to harvest crops, greatly reduce the chances of finding listeria in fields.
Wettest year on record results in mixed bag for South Texas cotton and grain
A drive across Nueces County last week confirmed that flooding and serious ponding in many fields resulted in varying stages of growth for both cotton and grain sorghum
CWD discovered in Medina County raises alarm
Chronic wasting disease disease has the potential of spreading to native wildlife herds and could also pose serious risk to the state's captive deer population.
Mexican produce imports jump significantly at Texas ports
Produce imports from Mexico have increased substantially in recent years, and produce imports through Texas ports are steadily increasing.
Cuba and a new economic era
Former Secretaries of Agriculture say new opportunities for growth and expansion of U.S. agriculture will get a major boost when U.S.-Cuban trade relationships are normalized.
South Texas crop life after the deluge
Corn and sorghum plants that were lodging from the high winds and floods are growing taller and looking healthier.
Food security issue arises for third consecutive summer
A DSHS advisory this week noted that the number of cases of Cyclospora in Texas has reached 70 this year; 54 reported in one week.
Texas surpasses California in freight volume from Mexico
Texas outpaced California this month (June 2015) and has claimed the title as the state with the highest refrigerated freight volume.
Texas onion, tomato production takes major hit
Many vegetable growers across the state are reeling from costly damage from heavy rain, floods and high winds.
No break from Mother Nature as Texas, Oklahoma get drenched by June rains
While the record rains of May were welcomed by most Texas farmers and ranchers after years of severe drought, what many say started as a blessing is quickly turning into a disaster.
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