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Boll Weevil Eradication

Posted: 10/27/2006 - Until the Fall of 2002, Brazos Valley cotton farmers were losing an ongoing battle against a devastating little insect called the boll weevil. Since then, great strides have been made toward the eradication of this destructive pest that lays its eggs on the fresh fruit produced by a cotton plant.

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The Texas Legislature In Session

Posted: 10/27/2006 - For several years, an animal identification program has been talked about that would make livestock that are moved from place to place trackable. Rick Hardcastle, Chairman of the Texas House Committee on Agriculture and Livestock, has been working on the details that will shape the program when it is implemented in Texas.

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Using Horses To Work Cattle

Posted: 10/27/2006 - Most of us associate horses with cowboys, and while many horse owners today don't work cattle, horses still play an important role in most cattle operations.

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Recreational Horsemanship

Posted: 10/27/2006 - Horses make an 11.1 billion dollar impact on the Texas economy annually, but sometimes it's easy to underestimate the role played by recreational horsemanship.

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Beef Check-Off Ruled Constitutional

Posted: 10/27/2006 - There's been some disagreement in the beef industry during the past few years about the beef check-off program that assesses one dollar per beef animal at the time the animal is sold. The money collected is used for marketing, research, and education. A group representing a minority of beef producers sued and won a Federal Court decision that found the program was a violation of the first amendment. That decision was appealed recently and heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Texas Association of Meat Processors

Posted: 10/27/2006 - The Texas Association of Meat Processors had their annual convention in College Station last week. Participants came from all over the state hoping to take home information that will help them improve the foodstuffs they produce.

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Cotton Harvest

Posted: 10/27/2006 - It's been said there is no perfect weather for agriculture. While dry weather in September is good for a cotton farmer, it's bad news for a rancher who's trying to get his winter pastures growing. It is hard, however, to find anyone who benefits from the severe weather that could accompany a hurricane. For about the last ten days, local cotton farmers have been trying to get this years crop out of the field.

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Conservation For Future Productivity

Posted: 10/27/2006 - The people of the United States are blessed with the safest and most abundant food supply in the world, but increased pressure on our agricultural lands by expanding development also increases pressure on producers to produce more with less. We talked with a Brazos Valley rancher who believes sound conservation practices will have to be part of the solution.

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Texas Land Prices

Posted: 10/27/2006 - The state of Texas is under increased pressure from population growth every year. Add to that a higher demand for land for recreational purposes as well as people from other states moving to Texas to buy cheaper blocks of land, and you have a recipe for escalating land prices.

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Hippo Therapy/Horses Part 1

Posted: 10/27/2006 - What is hippo therapy and what does it have to do with agriculture?…Well first it has nothing to do with a hippopotamus…. A hippopotamus is a water horse….Hippo therapy is a treatment employed to help balance, muscle tone, posture, mobility, coordination and a host of other things to improve functioning in everyday life routines… And its utilizes many ranchers’ best friend…. A horse.

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Rural Estate Planning

Posted: 10/27/2006 - The future of the estate tax is currently being debated in Washington. Whatever the outcome, it can potentially have serious implications on estates that are largely made up of agricultural assets. However, serious tax consequences can be avoided with good planning.

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Brazos Valley Pork Production/Willie Milberger

Posted: 10/27/2006 - There was a point when there were several pork producers in the Brazos Valley, but over time it has been harder to find many folks that still raise hogs commercially.

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Cotton Harvest/John Malazzo

Posted: 10/27/2006 - The heavy May rains that produced flooding over much of the Brazos Valley took a serious toll on area crops.

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U.S. Animal ID Plan/Bobby Kurten

Posted: 10/27/2006 - There are several issues that have to be addressed before a National Animal Identification is implemented, and we talked with a local beef producer who believes the beef industry will act with a voluntary system to insure the government does not mandate an identification system of its own.

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U.S. Animal ID Plan II

Posted: 10/27/2006 - After September 11th, many issues dealing with security were fast tracked.

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2005 Legislative Session/Susan Combs

Posted: 10/27/2006 - A couple of weeks ago Texas Agriculture Comissioner Susan Combs held a town meeting in Bryan and talked about some issues that will be addressed by the 2005 session of the Texas Legislature.

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Animal ID/Susan Combs

Posted: 10/27/2006 - When Agriculture Commissioner Susan Combs was in town last week, one of the topics local ranchers were interested in was the status of an animal identification program.

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Holiday Feasts

Posted: 10/27/2006 - Holiday celebrations here in the United States are all bound together by one common thread. They all conclude with a feast of some kind, and while some of us may have some sort of kitchen duty preparing food, it's a safe bet that most of us didn't have much to do with producing the food.

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Selecting Commercial Bulls

Posted: 10/27/2006 - When enjoying a good steak, very few of us think about what went into producing it. We talked with retired extension beef specialist and commercial cattleman Bill Turner about the decision making that goes into selecting a bull for a commercial cow herd.

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Holiday Shopping

Posted: 10/27/2006 - The food and fiber sector, or agriculture, makes up 16% of our country's gross domestic product, and is responsible for 15% of the jobs in Texas. We have a strong agricultural base here in the Brazos Valley, and if you want a close look at agriculture, all you need to do is take a trip downtown or to the mall and go Christmas shopping.

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Selecting Commercial Bulls

Posted: 10/27/2006 - Producing beef today demands attention to detail from the producer. This week's From the Ground Up, we take a look at expected progeny differences, or EPD's, some of the tools commercial beef producers use to make decisions about the bulls they use in their cow herds.

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Challenges from Mother Nature in 2004

Posted: 10/27/2006 - During the parts of any year, agriculture finds itself at odds with mother nature, but 2004 presented an unusual number of challenges.

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Hybrid Vigor in Beef Production

Posted: 10/27/2006 - Breeds of cattle like hereford, angus, and charlolais that originated in Europe hundreds of years ago have long been heralded as superior beef producers. Why then do almost 85 percent of commercial cattlemen in the U.S. use crossbred cows in their beef herds?

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Reflections of a Rancher

Posted: 10/27/2006 - Ranchers have enjoyed record prices for their cattle for the last year, but we talked with one Brazos Valley rancher who was quick to point out that the good years keep agriculture producers in business.

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Value Added Crops

Posted: 10/27/2006 - Most farmers have programs that allow them to grow what they grow best. We talked with a Brazos Valley farmer who says the search value added crops and nitche markets is a very important part of many successful farmers marketing strategies.

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