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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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Culling As A Ranch Management Tool

Posted: 10/27/2006 - Beef Producers use many tools to help them put a good product on our plates. Culling inferior animals is an important part of the decision making process in managing a beef cattle herd.

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Irradiation Technology

Posted: 10/27/2006 - Irradiation has been used for years to sanitize everything from the items in the space program, hospital bandages, and contac lenses to feminine products, gel caps, and spices. Until three years ago, irradiation required the use of a nuclear energy force or a radio isotope like cobalt. Since then, simple electricity has been used fro irradiation at the National Center of Electron Beam Food Research at Texas A&M.

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Rural Land Pressures

Posted: 10/27/2006 - The state of Texas is under increased pressure from population growth every year. The director of research for Texas A&M's real estate center says land developers and agricultural producers are on a collision course.

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Rural Land Pressures Part 2

Posted: 10/27/2006 - Increased growth and development in the state of Texas has also fueled increases in the value of rural real estate, but the decision to sell or not to sell a piece of property is not always dictated by economics.

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Agriculture's Future

Posted: 10/27/2006 - For generations, American farmers have shared their technology with foreign countries all over the world. Agriculture now leads the trend of off-shoring jobs and production to areas outside the United States.

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2004 Recovery

Posted: 10/27/2006 - 2004 was a challenging year for many local agricultural producers, but for many the year ended on a more positive note than it began.

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Opening The Canadian Border

Posted: 10/27/2006 - Since May of 2003, there has been a ban on all imports of live beef cattle from Canada. On Monday, the border is scheduled to be re-opened for live cattle less than 30 months of age. This has fueled a lot of discussion about what the effect will be on the price of domestic beef.

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