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Managing Production Agriculture Risks

Posted: 03/11/2010 - For the last couple of years there’s been a lot of talk about the high prices of commodities, but a whole lot less talk about the record high input costs it took to grow them. These costs put farmers at record levels of risk that the supposed safety net in the current farm bill doesn’t address. Joe Brown has more in this week’s From The Ground Up.

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Planting Corn

Updated: 03/04/2010 - Weather wise, the last 6 months has been just about as different from the previous 6 months before that as anyone could imagine. We went from being extremely hot and dry to extremely cool and wet, getting precipitation in about every form there is. Bob French tells us how this is affecting local farmers in this week’s From The Ground Up.

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Forward Contracts and Futures Markets

Posted: 02/25/2010 - With historically high grain prices during the last couple of years, one would think that grain producers and grain elevators that accumulate large amounts of product to sell on future’s markets would have been able to reap huge benefits. In this week’s From The Ground Up, Joe Brown says marketing grain isn’t as simple as you might think.

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The Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Lab

Posted: 02/18/2010 - The Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory was formally opened in College Station in 1969. Over the years services have expanded to include over sight for drug testing for the pari-mutuel horse and greyhound racing industries as well as providing diagnostic services for aquaculture and animal agriculture. Today it’s one of the busiest labs in the world, as Joe brown tells us in this week’s From The Ground Up.

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Broadband Initiative In Rural Texas

Updated: 02/11/2010 - Texas agriculture is as productive as it is because of science, research and technological break-throughs that can be applied in a commercial way, but as advanced as it is, there’s still one area where the industry as a whole is lagging behind. Joe Brown has more in this week’s From The Ground Up.

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Cap & Trade & Agriculture

Posted: 02/04/2010 - With only about two per cent of our country’s population involved in production agriculture, it’s no surprise that the industry continues to fear new laws and regulations at both the state at both on the state and federal levels that could negatively impact their future. Recent legislative maneuvers in Washington have certainly garnered the attention Texas agricultural producers. Joe Brown has more in this week’s From The Ground Up.

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Beef Grades and The Bottom Line

Posted: 01/28/2010 - Ranchers, like most businessmen, are constantly looking for ways to improve their bottom line. That’s one of the goal’s of Texas Agrilife Extension’s Beef 706 Course. Joe Brown has more in this week’s From The Ground Up.

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Grading Beef Carcasses

Posted: 01/21/2010 - There are 8 different grades of beef, but the top three most of us are familiar with are the USDA stickers we see that are either select, choice, or prime. What most of us don’t know is that there’s also a carcass yield grade from 1 to 5, and together these two grades determine the value of the animal to a producer. At Agrilife Extension’s recent Beef 706 Short course, ranchers were learning how to grade live animals to predict their value. Joe Brown has more in this week’s From The Ground Up.

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Beef 706 Continuing Education

Posted: 01/14/2010 - Contrary to what some may think, there’s a little more to beef production than turning a bunch of cows out into a pasture and gathering their calves once a year. A group of ranchers from across the state were in town this week to attend Texas Agrilife Extension’s Beef 706 Continuing Education course. Joe Brown has more in this week’s From the Ground Up.

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Looking Towards 2010

Posted: 01/07/2010 - In 2009, agricultural producers experienced a year of excesses; excessive dryness, excessive heat, and then finally excessive moisture. This time of the year farmers usually have their business plans in place, their land ready for planting, and are waiting for different crop planting windows. Joe Brown has more in this week’s From The Ground Up.

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Reflections From 2009

Posted: 12/31/2009 - 2009 was a year full of irony for Brazos Valley agricultural producers. The first 8 months of the year no one could beg a rain, and then when the rains finally did come, harvest was delayed for weeks because and the fields were so wet they couldn’t support the necessary picking equipment. Forage was short for ranchers and fall rains left many hay fields to wet for a fall cutting. Joe Brown has more in this week’s From The Ground Up.

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Christmas & Agriculture

Posted: 12/24/2009 - So what would Christmas be like without our country’s strong agricultural base? The first thought that comes to mind is of all of the great food we celebrate holidays with, but in this week’s From The Ground Up, Joe Brown says without agriculture, Christmas would be different in many ways.

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Climate Legislation (Part 3)

Posted: 12/17/2009 - While the debate on climate change continues, more information continues to come out on how proposed legislation would impact different sectors of the economy. Joe Brown has more in the week’s From The Ground Up.

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Climate Legislation (Part 2)

Updated: 12/10/2009 - Congressional hearings were held last week with a variety of experts discussing the impact of climate legislation that is currently being considered. Joe Brown has more in this week’s From The Ground Up.

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Climate Legislation

Posted: 12/03/2009 - Currently, there is climate legislation being drafted in Congress that would have far reaching effects on American agriculture as well as the world food supply. Joe Brown has more in this week’s From The Ground Up.

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Thanksgiving

Posted: 11/27/2009 - When most of us go grocery shopping we just assume that whatever we’re looking for will be there, and give little thought to the fact that none of the food we enjoy on holidays originates at a grocery store. Joe Brown has more in this week’s From The Ground Up.

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Chamber of Commerce Ag Breakfast

Posted: 11/19/2009 - Every year the Bryan College Station Chamber of Commerce hosts a breakfast to recognize the role that agriculture plays in not only our local economy, but in the national economy as well. Joe Brown has more in this week’s From The Ground Up.

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Picking and Ginning…Finally

Updated: 11/12/2009 - If you happen to be driving through the Brazos River bottom between around 11am and 9pm, you’ll see a flurry of activity. Local farmers are working as fast as they can to harvest their cotton crops. Joe Brown has more in this week’s From The Ground Up.

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Soybean Harvest/Fall Planting

Posted: 11/07/2009 - Jay Wilder has a crop of soybeans next to his cotton crop and the harvest of both has been delayed by the heavy rains over the past few weeks.

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"Cotton Harvest"

Posted: 10/30/2009 - Late in August and throughout September is normally the time that most Brazos Valley cotton farmers are harvesting their crops. Seventeen to twenty two inches of rain over the last seven or eight weeks has nearly ninety per cent of the local cotton crop in a holding pattern that becomes more damaging with every passing day. Joe Brown has more in this week’s From The Ground Up.

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“Feral Pigs”

Posted: 10/22/2009 - Texas is home to about half of the feral pigs found in the United States, and these pests are impacting the state in a variety of different ways. Joe Brown has more in this week’s From The Ground Up.

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"The Pizza Ranch"

Posted: 10/16/2009 - Several years ago, local staffers with Texas Agrilife Extension decided to try and do something about the disconnect that had taken place between youth and production agriculture. In an effort to give Brazos County 4th graders a better understanding of where the commodities we consume on a daily basis come from, a program dubbed “The Pizza Ranch” was born. Joe Brown has more in this week’s From The Ground Up.

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"Dr. Norman Borlaug"

Posted: 10/08/2009 - Agriculture truly lost an ambassador with the passing of Dr. Norman Borlaug, a champion for the use of common sense, Nobel Prize winner, and father of the green revolution. We were able to capture Dr. Borlaug’s passion for agriculture on camera a couple of times in the last few years. Bob French has more with this week’s From The Ground Up.

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Irrigated Cotton

Updated: 10/02/2009 - Here in the Brazos Valley, cotton is normally the last crop harvested at the end of the growing season, and this year a different twist from Mother Nature will cause some yields to be lower than normal. Joe Brown has more in this week’s From The Ground Up.

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Nutritional New Beef Cuts

Updated: 09/28/2009 - Texas A&M meat scientists have completed research that will not only bring more value to a beef carcass, but more nutritional choices for consumers. Joe Brown has more in this week’s From The Ground Up.

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