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From the Ground Up - Beef Short Course Attracts Hundreds Of Ranchers

Posted: 08/17/2015 - This week almost 1700 beef producers from a dozen states and 6 different countries participated in Texas A&M’s Beef Short Course where they attended various cattleman’s college sessions ranging from forage production and nutrition, to cattle handling, genetics, and reproduction.

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From the Ground Up - Future Beef Markets Look Good

Updated: 08/14/2015 - Over the last couple of years, the beef industry has enjoyed extremely strong market prices. Those prices were easy to predict, based largely on the limited supply of cattle due to the liquidation of the U.S. cow herd that took place over several years during to the drought.

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From the Ground Up - Producers Brace For Threat of Avian Flu This Fall

Updated: 07/23/2015 - While we appear to be on the backside of the curve for the outbreak of avian flu that occurred across the Midwest this spring and caused egg shortages and higher prices, producers are bracing themselves for another threat this fall, as wild birds migrate for the winter. Craig Coufal is a Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Poultry Specialist.

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From the Ground Up - Changes in the Texas Dairy Industry

Updated: 07/16/2015 - The Texas Dairy Industry has grown tremendously over the last several years, but with that growth has also come major changes. Michael Tomaszewski is a visiting professor and professor emeritus of dairy science in Texas A&M’s Department of Animal Science.

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From the Ground Up - Mixed Expectations For This Year’s Corn Crop

Updated: 07/09/2015 - Normally this time of the year when you drive through the rural parts of our area, you’ll notice that the corn stalks are beginning to dry down, signaling that the corn is close to being ready to harvest. Harvest will be a little later this year.

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From the Ground Up - Wheat Harvest

Updated: 06/11/2015 - After several days of sunshine many farmers are busy in the field with an overdue wheat harvest that was delayed by excessive rains in May. Glenn Hegar farms in Hockley.

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From the Ground Up - Ranchers Struggle With Excessive Rains

Posted: 06/04/2015 - After what the 2011 drought did to the cattle industry, you might think that one of Mother Nature’s winners so far this year would be ranchers, but the excessive amount of rain we’ve received produces a different set of problems.

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From the Ground Up - Rains Too Much Of A Good Thing?

Updated: 05/21/2015 - With the new drought of record being as recent as 2011, it’s hard to find an agricultural producer who’s eager to complain about the amount of rainfall we’ve received, but some locations in our area have received more than seventy-five per cent of our normal rainfall in the first five months of this year.

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From the Ground Up - Blinn College Agricultural Mechanics Show

Updated: 05/08/2015 - More than two- hundred projects were submitted by FFA and 4-H students from across the state during Blinn College’s Fourteenth Annual Ag Mechanics Project Show that was held last week in Brenham. Johnnie Schroeder teaches agricultural mechanics and engineering at Blinn College.

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From the Ground Up: Healthy Fat in Beef has Health Benefits

Updated: 04/09/2015 - In the 1980s some studies showed that oleic acid would decrease bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol. The question that then began to be asked was what could be done to beef to change fatty acid composition, and increase the amount of oleic acid.

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From the Ground Up: Planting Corn

Posted: 04/02/2015 - Wherever you are in Central Texas, it’s a safe bet you’re ahead on rainfall for the year. That‘s delayed the planting of the 2015 corn crop. Dale Hoelscher farms with his brother in Bell, Milam, Falls, and Robertson Counties.

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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.

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

Updated: 04/28/2015 - 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.

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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.

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