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From the Ground Up - Economics of Farming

Updated: 01/02/2014 - Farmers operate on very thin margins, and with the capital required to farm today, it would be easy to understand why some might choose a different career path, but thankfully enough people choose to farm, and that’s what keeps the rest of us fed.

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From the Ground Up - Research Drives Efficiency in Agriculture

Updated: 12/19/2013 - The ability of 98% of the U.S. population not to have to worry about producing the food they consume is a tribute to the efficiency of today’s American farmer, and that efficiency has been driven by research.

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From the Ground Up: Rain and Fall Planting

Updated: 12/05/2013 - The heavy rains we’ve received this fall have filled up lakes and ponds and helped to replenish sub soil moisture, but we wondered if maybe it could be a case of getting too much of a good thing. Billy Pagach farms in Milam County.

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From the Ground Up - Heifer Project International

Updated: 11/21/2013 - Heifer Project International is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping poor families around the world receive training and gifts of animals that help them become self-reliant. Their CEO, Pierre Ferrari, delivered a couple of lectures on the Texas A&M campus last week.

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Low Cattle Numbers Challenge Beef Infrastructre

Updated: 11/07/2013 - High prices that beef calves are bringing at the sale barns are welcomed by ranchers, but those prices don’t automatically translate to good news for the beef industry as a whole.

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From the Ground Up - Hormones in Beef

Updated: 10/24/2013 - Whether or not hormones should be used in the production of beef has been the subject of debate for years with the United States and Canada on one side of the issue, and the European Union on the other.

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Rethinking Science and Technology in Agriculture

Updated: 10/17/2013 - Producers Cooperative had their 71st Annual Business Meeting at Reed Arena on the Texas A&M University Campus this week and the speaker for the evening urged the agricultural producers in the audience to get involved in telling their story to consumers.

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From the Ground Up - Risks in Planting Fall Pastures

Updated: 10/10/2013 - When you’re driving in rural areas in late fall and winter, chances are that when you see a lush green pasture, you don’t think of it being a crop of grass, but that’s exactly what it is, and with any crop there are risks. Mike Kristynik produces hay and cattle in northeast Brazos County.

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From the Ground Up - Winter Forages for Cattle

Updated: 10/03/2013 - With the costs of processed cattle feed and hay remaining high, cattle producers look for different ways to supplement their winter feed requirements. With a little cooperation from Mother Nature, cool season small grains or grasses are one alternative.

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From the Ground Up - Do We Need A Farm Bill

Updated: 09/19/2013 - There is an argument going on in Washington on whether or not a new farm bill will be passed or whether Congress may just extend the old one for another specified period of time.

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From the Ground Up - Brazos County Commercial Heifer Show

Updated: 09/12/2013 - The Brazos County Commercial Heifer Show was held last week at the Brazos County Expo Complex and officials with the show believe that this is one of the best programs young people can be involved in.

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From the Ground Up - Ag Needs Its Smart Kids Back

Updated: 09/05/2013 - Texas A&M’s Annual Beef Short Course was held last month and one of the speakers at the event maintained that for far too long, many of the best and the brightest of our young people have been urged to pursue careers outside of agriculture.

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From the Ground Up - Environmental Activists in Agriculture

Updated: 08/29/2013 - “My biggest concern growing up where I did was the forest I live in. My issue was forestry. It’s agriculture, being good stewards, being good conservationists, but when I went to college I found out that the rest of the people did not look at us as stewards.

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From the Ground Up: Texas A&M's 2013 Beef Short Course

Updated: 08/27/2013 - At the beginning of August, more than thirteen hundred and fifty beef producers from Texas and all over the world participated in Texas A&M’s Beef Short Course where they attended various cattleman’s college sessions ranging from forage production and nutrition, to cattle handling, genetics, and reproduction.

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From the Ground Up - Texas Beef Council, Marketing Texas Beef

Updated: 08/15/2013 - The Texas Beef Council is a non-profit organization charged with the promotion and marketing of beef and beef products in Texas, and is funded by the beef checkoff program, a $1 per head assessment on the sale of cattle.

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From the Ground Up - Beef Supply and Demand

Updated: 08/08/2013 - If you had been on campus this week, you would have probably noticed a few more pickup trucks and folks sporting cowboy hats, boots, and jeans.

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