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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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"Grape Farming Opportunities"

Posted: 09/10/2009 - Wine sales are booming in Texas, so much that Texas is the only state in the union that has a deficit of vineyards relative to sales of wine in the state. Local vintner Paul Bonarrigo says Texas needs another 14,000 acres planted to meet demand. Joe Brown has more in this week’s From The Ground Up.

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"Grape Harvest"

Posted: 09/04/2009 - We’ve been talking all summer about the drought and the excessive heat that has stressed plants and animals alike, so it might surprise you to learn that some ag producers actually benefited from the extremes we experienced. Joe Brown has more in this week’s From The Ground Up.

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"Reducing Stress In Cattle"

Posted: 08/27/2009 - Ranchers who attended The Beef Cattle Short Course held at Texas A&M earlier this month attended workshops and listened to speakers addressing everything from drought and rising production costs to emerging diseases and weakened beef markets. One of the issues discussed was management techniques that can reduce stress on livestock. Joe Brown has more in this week’s From The Ground Up.

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"Organic Food vs. Technology"

Posted: 08/21/2009 - Do any benefits of organic farming really outweigh the benefits of conventional farming using the newest technology? In this week’s From The Ground Up, a plant scientist tells us that he believes that even though there hasn’t been any real national discussion of the pros and cons of organic farming, new technologies will soon leave organic farming behind. Joe Brown has more.

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"Agriculture and Public Relations"

Updated: 08/13/2009 - Texas A&M’s Beef Cattle Short Course is nationally and internationally recognized as the largest attended beef cattle educational program of its type in the world. This year, one of the issues addressed was the lack of any voice or spokesman for the agriculture industry as a whole, and the need for individual producers to be involved in getting agriculture’s message to the consumer. Joe Brown has more in this week’s From The Ground Up.

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"Technology and Agriculture"

Posted: 08/07/2009 - If you’ve noticed a few more pickup trucks in town, it might be due to the over 1400 attendees of Texas Agrilife Extension’s 55th annual Beef Short Course being held for cattlemen this week. One of the speakers addressing beef producers emphasized the importance of the continued use of technology to meet the incredible challenge of the increasing global demand for meat, milk, and eggs by a growing population. Joe Brown has more in this week’s From The Ground Up.

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"Dry land Milo, Soybeans, and Cotton"

Posted: 07/31/2009 - Going through a year of drought, combined with high inputs to produce crops, can change the mind-set of a farmer when he is making planting decisions for an upcoming year. In this week’s From The Ground Up, Joe Brown tells us that any plan requires a little help from Mother Nature.

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"Dryland Corn"

Posted: 07/24/2009 - The majority of Brazos Valley cropland has water available to irrigate crops, but there are still a large number of acres that depend on annual rainfall to make their crops. It’s harvest time for corn, and in this week’s From The Ground Up, Joe Brown tells us that the dry land corn crop was hit very hard by this year’s lack of moisture and unusually high temperatures.

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"Brazos Valley Hay Production"

Updated: 07/17/2009 - The drought we’re experiencing is taking a toll on area cattlemen. Even good market prices won’t support a rancher having to buy hay to feed during the summer months when cattle should be grazing pastures. Add to that very little local hay production, and it paints a pretty bleak picture that could extend all the way into next year’s growing season. Joe Brown has more in this week’s From The Ground Up.

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'Agriculture on Defense"

Posted: 07/10/2009 - The Texas Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association had a meeting recently to discuss issues affecting the beef industry, and at the top of the agenda were proposed regulations that could negatively impact ranchers. It may surprise you where one rancher placed the blame for some of the legislation being proposed. Joe Brown has more in this week’s From The Ground Up.

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"Agriculture and Politics"

Posted: 07/06/2009 - With only about two per cent of our country’s population involved in production agriculture, it’s no surprise that the number of political voices that speak for agriculture, both on the state and federal levels, have also continued to shrink. Politicians and agricultural producers alike are saying that it’s time for agriculture to get more engaged politically. Joe Brown has more in this week’s From The Ground Up.

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"Agricultural Regulations/Producer Uncertainty"

Posted: 06/29/2009 - As production agriculture continues its ongoing battle with Mother Nature, while striving to meet the demand for food from a growing population not only here at home, but around the world, producers look to the future with uncertainty because of political discussions that could impede production as we know it today. Joe Brown has more in this week’s From The Ground Up.

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Regulations and Agriculture

Posted: 06/11/2009 - Legislation being passed like California’s Proposition 2 that bans modern housing of livestock animals illustrates the additional challenges being faced today by production agriculture. Joe Brown has more in this week’s From The Ground Up.

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"Dairy Month" - David Liere

Updated: 06/04/2009 - June is National Dairy Month and we thought it would be appropriate to talk with a local farmer about the challenges involved in running a family dairy. Joe Brown has more in this week’s From The Ground Up.

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California’s Proposition 2

Posted: 05/27/2009 - In November of 2008, Proposition 2, or the Standards For Confining Farm Animals appeared on the ballot in California, where it passed with 63.5% of the vote. This legislation is predicted to have a huge negative impact on pork, veal, and egg production in the state. Bob French has more in this week’s From The Ground Up.

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The Effects of Land Fragmentation

Posted: 05/22/2009 - Results from a recent study indicate significant losses in agricultural land acreage in Texas between 1997 and 2007. You might be surprised to learn that fragmentation of rural land can lead to much more than just a loss in capacity to produce food and fiber. Joe Brown has more in this week’s From The Ground Up.

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The Texas Legislative Session Part 4

Posted: 05/14/2009 - In a typical session of the Texas legislature, agricultural interests spend most of their time playing defense, looking for bills that would harm agriculture, most with unintended consequences. However, there are instances when bills are passed that actually help agriculture. One of the first orders of business this session was to reintroduce private property rights legislation vetoed by Governor Rick Perry after the last session was over. Joe Brown has more in this week’s From The Ground Up.

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The Texas Legislative Session Part 3

Posted: 05/07/2009 - Last year Hurricane Dolly and Hurricane Ike took quite a toll on our state. Both storms blew boll weevils, major pests for cotton producers, north into areas that were pretty much free of infestation due to the Boll Weevil Eradication programs enacted all over the state. Senator Steve Ogden says that the legislature will find the money to re-start the program that is universally accepted as having been successful. Joe Brown has more in this week’s From The Ground Up.

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The Texas Legislative Session Part 2

Updated: 05/03/2009 - For several years now, when the Texas legislature is in session, the board of directors from Producers Cooperative has gone to Austin for a day to meet with state senators, representatives, and other elected officials to try and stay abreast of anything our state government is doing that might effect agriculture. Joe Brown has more in this week’s From The Ground Up.

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The Texas Legislative Session

Posted: 04/22/2009 - With the Texas Legislature in session our cameras went to Austin to see what might be happening that could impact agricultural producers in our state. Joe Brown has more in this week’s From The Ground Up.

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