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Avian flu detected in wild birds in Washington State
The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic (HPAI) H5 avian influenza in wild birds in Whatcom County, Washington, earlier this week.
Agriculture losses to predators a real concern
Cattle and calf predation losses due to predators in Texas totaled 4,100 and 35,000 head valued at over $18 million in 2005 (NASS 2006) and 6,000 and 40,000 head valued at over $19.4 million in 2010 (NASS 2011)
Proposed biological control for Asian citrus psyllid
Economic losses attributable to HLB in Florida are estimated at greater than $1.7 billion.
Making cash with Christmas trees and wild hogs
Activities that may at first seem unlikely to fit your operation and location may provide more opportunity than you imagine.
Growth of the Texas olive industry
“Olives will grow in virtually any kind of environment and all kinds of soil, but the biggest issue Texas has with growing olives is the weather."
Texas Farm Bureau elects new president
Delegates selected Russell Boening of Poth as the 10th president of Texas Farm Bureau.
Revised pecan production in Texas
Pecans are the No. 1 fruit crop in Texas in terms of acreage, but the industry has suffered greatly in recent years.
The push for a more efficient rural America
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that USDA has funded the first two loans under the new Energy Efficiency and Conservation Loan Program.
Chili pepper drop to mark New Mexico New Year Event
Why not a falling, giant, lighted chile pepper to ring in the New Year?
Rebuilding the cattle industry
A multi-year trend of less meat consumption in the U.S. is showing some early signs of recovery.
Farmland values could decline slightly
The latest trend toward lower farmland values has already been noted in many regions.
Dee Ellis recognized with USA Career Excellence Award
Dr. Dee Ellis, Texas State Veterinarian and Executive Director of the Texas Animal Health Commission, is the recipient of the recent 2014 International Association of Emergency Managers USA Career Excellence Award.
Some eastern NM lakes nearly full after fall floods
Heavy rains benefited farmers in the Texas Coastal Bend and in Deep South Texas over the summer and fall months, and showers have improved dry conditions across most of Texas and in large parts of New Mexico.
New Mexico pecan harvest getting underway
“Commercial pecan prices started out okay, but the price has declined somewhat over the last few weeks."
Steady food prices and lower gas prices this holiday
According to the American Farm Bureau Federation the average cost of this year’s Thanksgiving meal for 10 will cost $49.41.
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