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From the Ground Up - Food Security and Food Safety

Posted: 03/26/2015 - A country that has food security is one with a population that has enough to eat. A country that has food safety enjoys a food supply that is safe to eat. Thanks to a robust agricultural industry, U.S. consumers have experienced the benefits of both food security and food safety for a very long time. Larry Combest served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1985 until 2003.

From the Ground Up - Former Congressman Calls For More Ag Education

Updated: 03/19/2015 - While the agriculture industry has finally begun to take steps to address the disconnect that exists between consumers and agricultural producers, at least one former congressman believes that more agricultural education in our schools should be part of the solution. Charles Stenholm served in the U.S. House of Representatives for twenty-six years.

From the Ground Up - Growin On Faith Farm

Updated: 03/06/2015 - Last week, the Texas Department of Agriculture was in town to present a grant to a young local rancher. She’s going to use the money to help implement an ambitious business plan. Erin Pilosi-Kimbrough and her husband John operate the Growin On Faith Farm south of College Station.

From The Ground Up - A Face Of Agriculture

Updated: 02/26/2015 - What we have found, especially in the poultry side of our business, is the consumer has become more and more concerned about how their food is produced, and how it’s handled.

From the Ground Up - Cattle Census Shows Increased Numbers

Updated: 02/12/2015 - At the end of January, the USDA released its annual cattle inventory report. It showed a full two per cent increase in cattle numbers across the United States, and even more in Texas. David Anderson is a Texas A&M Agrilife Extension economist

From the Ground Up - Should Consumers Care About Farm Level Prices

Updated: 02/05/2015 - Most consumers pay no attention to farm commodity prices. After all, how much wheat really is there in a loaf of bread? So even if wheat prices are high, it really shouldn’t have that dramatic of an effect on how much that bread costs. But what if the price was so low, nobody planted wheat? Then, it might matter to us what the price of that wheat was at the farm level. Mark Welch is a Texas A&M Agrilife Extension economist.

From the Ground Up - Farming Requires Optimism

Updated: 01/29/2015 - From the Ground Up - Farming Requires Optimism Most of us who work for a living would find it hard to go to work every day if the boss called us in and told us he couldn’t promise us that we were always going to get a pay check. That’s a risk farmers take every year. Mark Welch is a Texas A&M Agrilife Extension economist.

From the Ground Up - Crop Inputs Lower For 2015

Updated: 01/22/2015 - The good news for farmers in 2015 is that many of the inputs that they use to grow their crops have gone done in price. The bad news is that most commodity prices have gone down as well. Jason Wendler is a Brazos Valley farmer and rancher.

From the Ground Up - 2015 Crop Preparation Well Underway

Updated: 01/15/2015 - After Christmas, a lot of us start thinking about making New Year’s resolutions, and plans for the upcoming year. It might surprise you to learn that farmers in our area began preparing for their 2015 crop well before the new year arrived. Walter Vajdak is a dryland farmer in Burleson County.

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