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Texas AgriLife Extention’s Beef Short Course 2010 - From The Ground Up

Updated: 08/12/2010 - Texas Agrilife Extension’s 56th annual Beef Short Course was held this month, and a big part of this year’s message was a call to action for beef producers to get involved in dispelling the misinformation that exists about beef production that is perpetuated by groups dedicated to destroying animal agriculture in the United States.

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The Oil Spill & The Texas Shrimp Industry - From The Ground Up

Updated: 08/05/2010 - The Texas shrimp season re-opened after being closed its usual two months between May 15th and July 15th, and while there is genuine concern about the impact the BP oil leak could have on Texas shrimpers, there’s also guarded optimism that a natural recovery is already underway. Shel Winkley has more in this week’s From The Ground Up.

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Marrying the Farm to the Ranch

Updated: 07/30/2010 - Agriculture producers are constantly looking for ways to improve their bottom line. In this week's From the Ground Up, Bob French tells us about a local farmer and rancher who's married his farm and his ranch in an effort to be more efficient.

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Raising Goats on Small Acreage

Updated: 07/15/2010 - It’s becoming more and more common for people to own small tracts of rural land, and many of these people want to be involved in raising livestock of some kind. In this week’s From The Ground Up, Joe Brown tells us that you don’t have to have a lot of improved pasture land to raise goats.

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Increased Demand For Goats

Updated: 07/09/2010 - The newest lean meat is probably as old as time itself. Goat meat accounts for sixty to seventy per cent of the red meat consumed throughout the world, and in this week’s From The Ground Up, Joe Brown says even though Texas is the hands down leader in U.S. goat production, demand continues to exceed supply.

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Pivot and Drip Irrigation Technology Advances

Posted: 07/02/2010 - With the cost of today’s inputs, it’s never been more important for farmers to be able to maximize the yields of their crops, and one of the things necessary for that is the ability to irrigate when the weather turns dry. Joe Brown tells us about advances in irrigation technology in this week’s From The Ground Up.

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Pivot Irrigation in The Brazos Bottom

Posted: 07/02/2010 - If you’ve spent any time in the last few years driving through the rural parts of Brazos and the surrounding counties, you’ve probably noticed a change. A lot of large pipe sprinklers on wheels have become part of the landscape. Joe Brown has more in this week’s From The Ground Up.

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Texas 4-H Programs

Posted: 06/18/2010 - Head, Heart, Hands, and Health. Those are the Hs that 4-H is all about. The 4-H program began some time around the beginning of the 20th century as an effort to connect public school education to country life, but today 4-H’s “learning by doing” model encompasses much more than animal agriculture. Joe Brown has more I this week’s From The Ground Up.

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Texas 4-H Youth Development Foundation

Updated: 06/10/2010 - 4- H students from around the state are here this week to compete in the 4-H Roundup with contests involving everything from food and fashion shows to livestock judging.

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Farming And The Disconnect With Consumers

Posted: 06/07/2010 - Farmers have always had to deal with threats from insects and diseases, drought and floods, and hail and wind, but production agriculture is finding that one of its biggest challenges today is the disconnect that has taken place between the consumer and the farm. Bob French has more in this week’s From The Ground Up.

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Farmers: Doing More With Less

Posted: 05/27/2010 - The steady increase in the world’s population coupled with the fact that there’s a finite amount of cropland, and that amount is shrinking due to urban sprawl, presents an interesting scenario to American agriculture; a growing demand for food with less land to use to produce it. Joe Brown has more in this week’s From The Ground Up.

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Capital Requirements For Farming

Posted: 05/20/2010 - With fewer people farming, but the amount of land a family farms constantly growing, capital requirements have also grown dramatically over what they were even a generation ago. Borrowed capital is used for everything from operating expenses like labor, fuel, fertilizer, and pesticides to note payments on land and equipment. Bob French has more in this week’s From The Ground Up.

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Aflatoxin In Corn

Updated: 05/13/2010 - Mycotoxins are naturally occurring chemicals that are produced by fungi growing on grain.

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Bees in Your House

Updated: 05/06/2010 - With spring in full bloom it’s not unusual to see honey bees busily visiting flowers in search of nectar and pollen, but in this week’s From The Ground Up, Joe Brown says too much bee activity around your house could be a recipe for trouble.

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Bee Keeping

Updated: 04/29/2010 - We’ve talked a lot about the recent drought and the impact it had on different agricultural producers, but there’s one industry that remained under the radar…bee keeping. Joe Brown has more in this week’s From The Ground Up.

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Grass Burrs

Updated: 04/23/2010 - A severe drought that is followed by a period of ample rainfall sets all kinds of things into motion, and in this week’s From The Ground Up, Joe Brown says conditions are ripe for the emergence of a pest that affects homeowners and ag producers alike…the increased probability of a bumper crop of grass burrs.

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Rebuilding the Cattle Herd

Updated: 04/15/2010 - Last year’s drought may have been declared officially over, but the impact it had on agricultural producers will take a while to overcome. Joe Brown has more in this week’s From The Ground Up.

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Beef Supply and Cattle Prices

Updated: 04/09/2010 - Typically when prices for finished cattle coming out of U.S. feed yards go up, it’s an indication of a higher demand or shrinking supply of beef. When the supply of beef goes down, the usual thought is that it’s due to smaller numbers of cattle being shipped to the feed yards. In this week’s From The Ground Up, Joe Brown tells us that over the last two months prices have gone up, but it’s not due to less cattle being fed.

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Planting Corn

Updated: 04/01/2010 - Three or four weeks ago we were wondering whether or not local corn farmers were going to be able to get their crops planted because of the almost non-stop rainfall we have received for the last six months, but in this week’s From The Ground Up, Joe Brown says, for the most part, all of the moisture is going to be a plus for local ag producers.

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Expansion Decisions For Beef Producers

Posted: 03/25/2010 - Past history says that when the national beef herd shrinks, calf prices go up, and the herd begins expanding again, but in this week’s From The Ground Up, Joe Brown tells us there are other factors in the mix currently that could keep that from happening.

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National Beef Cattle Numbers

Updated: 03/18/2010 - The USDA’s cattle inventory came out at the end of January and indicated that the number of beef cows in the U.S. was the fewest since 1963, and the fewest total cattle count since the 1950s. Bob French has more in this week’s From The Ground Up.

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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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