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When Farmers succeed, America succeeds

May 22, 2017

An opinion piece by US Representative Kevin Brady

With increasing competition around the world and an increasingly burdensome tax and regulatory environment in the United States, America’s farmers and ranchers need pro-growth policies that will help them compete and win across the globe – but especially here at home. Working with President Trump, that’s exactly the kind of agenda we’re moving forward in the House Ways and Means Committee.…

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Perdue Unveils Plan to Reorganize USDA

May 15, 2017

By Chuck Abbott

Two weeks into the job, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue proposed today the first reorganization of USDA since 1994, a rapid start to President Trump’s instructions to the cabinet to increase federal efficiency. The Perdue package creates a new position, undersecretary for trade; this abolishes the undersecretary for rural development so Perdue would directly oversee economic development programs and puts one undersecretary in charge of farm subsidies and land stewardship, responsibilities now split between two undersecretaries.…

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Latest rains bring more smiles

May 15, 2017

“He will also send you rain for the seed you place in the ground. And the food which comes from your land will be plentiful. In that day, your cattle will graze in lush meadows.” Isaiah 30:23

He has indeed sent rain for our seed this year. It is not that we have seen so much rain.…

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Herbicide drift and yield loss

May 8, 2017

Cotton injury from herbicide drift and potential yield loss has been a hot topic recently, both among producers and in the popular press.  It is important

to note that this is a complex issue and a definite answer to “How much yield will I lose?” is difficult if not impossible to accurately predict.…

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Be on the lookout for Flowering Pigweed

May 3, 2017

Palmer amaranth and waterhemp are two pigweed species that have become problematic in row crop production fields in Texas. Palmer amaranth is widespread in the High Plains, Rio Grande Valley, Coastal Bend and Central Texas regions, whereas waterhemp is predominantly found in the Upper Gulf Coast as well as the Blacklands regions.…

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Cotton suffers again

May 3, 2017

A congressional agreement to fund the government for the rest of fiscal 2017 largely rejects President Trump’s proposed cuts in food aid, research and other agricultural  programs but also fails to provide new farm bill assistance sought by cotton and dairy producers.

Negotiations over the cotton and dairy provisions appeared to have foundered in the final days and hours amid a disagreement over the scope of the assistance.…

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Herbicide buffer strips

May 1, 2017

Resistant weeds will be difficult and more costly to control in buffer areas required for Xtend and Enlist technologies, particularly when buffers extend into part of a crop field, say weed scientists.

“It certainly is a concern,” said Aaron Hager, associate professor of weed science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, especially “if those herbicides (2,4-D and dicamba) are being used because glyphosate and other products are no longer effectively controlling the weeds in those areas.…

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Grape Planting!

April 24, 2017


Even with the devastating hail that affected many vineyards last Sunday, work on the vines continues.

Before the mud was dry, growers were out assessing damage, if any and continue the work of the vineyard. Spraying for weeds. Retying. More pruning. And even planting.

Diamante Doble Dos (Ty and Mary Wilmeth’s vineyard) was a hub of activity on Thursday morning  as workers were busy planting more grape vines.…

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News from USDA FSA – Terry County

April 19, 2017

FSA Offers Text Alerts to Terry County Producers

Terry County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Kyle Longoria announced that farmers and ranchers in Texas now can receive notifications from their county office through text messages on their cell phone.

Whether producers are in the field, on a tractor or even on horseback, this service enables FSA customers and stakeholders to receive notifications while on the go.…

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Share facts, not assumptions

April 19, 2017

Of the many dangers that exist in the family business, untested assumptions are one of the greatest. In the absence of any real discussion, and because of intimate relationships and the level of trust expected of a family member, relatives often presume what will or should happen in the future.

The combination of unexamined assumptions, individual plans, uncoordinated action and no discussion causes tremendous turbulence in family farms and ranches.…

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