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SCO options coming soon according to USDA
Progress is being made in developing the final rules for crop insurance coverage options for farmers and ranchers.
Drought conditions improve in New Mexico
The latest National Drought Mitigation Center report issued July 29 indicates that drought conditions have improved for large areas of the state but most of New Mexico remains in at least some stage of drought.
As summer heats up, VS spreads across Central and South Texas
On July 30 the Texas Animal Health Commission reported 14 new premises have been found with one or more animals confirmed with Vesicular Stomatitis virus (VSV).
New Mexico receives beneficial rainfall
Late July rains are providing encouragement for New Mexico farmers and ranchers suffering from a fourth consecutive year of severe drought.
New funding available for feral swine control
Wild swine are credited with causing as much as $500 million in economic damage in Texas every year.
South-Southeast Texas cotton and grain update
Farm activity is ablaze with corn and grain sorghum harvest in full swing with cotton not far behind, at least in Deep South Texas.
Beef is heart friendly diet option
Nutrition scientists at Penn State say eating lean beef can reduce health risks including high blood pressure and heart disease.
Soil moisture profiles still low
Despite the continuing drought and poor soil conditions, rainfall Texas has received so far this year have proved beneficial.
New Mexico pecan specialists see bright future for pecan growers
An increasing global demand for pecans offers a bright spot for the industry.
Exotic nilgai could be hunted to help eradicate Cattle Fever Ticks in Texas
The cattle fever tick, and the disease it carries, has the devastating potential to cripple the U.S. cattle industry if not contained.
Concerns over growing VS cases in Texas horses
The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) has confirmed two head of cattle in Jim Wells County near Mathis are infected with VS.
Sugarcane aphids back in Valley, harvesting underway in Coastal Bend
As grain sorghum harvest picks up in South Texas and the Coastal Bend, Texas AgriLife researchers, pest management specialists and county agents are reporting increased sugarcane aphid (SCA) activity in the Lower Rio Grande Valley
First anthrax case in Texas, more VS reported
Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) officials have reported the first case of anthrax in Texas.
New USDA grants to help specialty crop industry
USDA says the economic, environmental and social sustainability of specialty crop industries and the improved economies of the communities that depend on these industries are the ultimate beneficiaries of the NCPN program.
Changing weather could bring relief, risks to New Mexico agriculture
With four consecutive years of drought across New Mexico and the greater Southwest, farmers and ranchers in the Land of Enchantment are expressing hope this week as the first of typical monsoon rains have filtered into the state, in some cases bringing substantial seasonal moisture.
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