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From the Ground Up: Bio-mass Fuel's Impact on Agriculture

Updated: 05/17/2012 - Texas A&M chemical engineers believe that the technology that turns biodegradable substances into fuel will become commercially viable in about ten years, and when that happens it will make a big impact on production agriculture.

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From the Ground Up: Bio-Mass Fuel

Updated: 05/10/2012 - For many years there’s been a lot of discussion about alternative fuels and a lot of research has been done on the subject, but a Texas A&M chemical engineer is very close to having a commercially viable process to convert bio-mass into gasoline and jet fuel.

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From the Ground Up - Opportunities In Agriculture

Updated: 05/03/2012 - Kids have always faced the proverbial question of “what do I want to be when I grow up”, but today it might be more like “what do I want to be when I grow up to make sure I can find a job.”

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From the Ground Up - Lean Finely Textured Beef

Updated: 04/26/2012 - There’s been a recent controversy over a product called lean finely textured beef, a product that’s been consumed for the last twenty years, but some inaccurate reporting coupled with the fact that it didn’t look the way people thought it would when it first came out in public created quite a stir.

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From the Ground Up - USDA and Ag Research

Updated: 04/12/2012 - Throughout history in production agriculture, farmers and ranchers have been pressed to do more with less, to make larger crop yields with less land in production, and to produce more pounds of meat protein with less rangeland, and they continue to do so.

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From the Ground Up - Agriculture's Need for Water

Updated: 07/06/2012 - Agriculture faces many challenges every year, from the weather, to insects, to weeds, but a bigger battle is shaping up as cities demand for water continues to grow

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From the Ground Up - Future Water Needs For Texas

Updated: 03/22/2012 - In Texas we use an average of 17 billion gallons of water a day and with future growth it is expected for that consumption to increase while our supply of water is expected to decrease.

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From the Ground Up - Pre-Selling Corn

Updated: 03/15/2012 - For a farmer, marketing the commodities that he grows can be a tricky business. It involves analyzing prices, weather, and then the farmer taking a position based on what he believes is going to happen.

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From the Ground Up - Planting Corn

Updated: 03/08/2012 - What a difference a year makes. This time last year farmers were trying to decide if they were going to throw the dice and plant in ground that had little or no subsoil moisture.

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From the Ground Up - Planting Decisions

Updated: 02/23/2012 - With agricultural producers coming off the worst drought in recorded history, making plans for this year must have been difficult.

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From the Ground Up - Quality Counts

Updated: 02/16/2012 - For the last six years, an average of about 30,000 youth per year involved in 4-H and FFA have participated in a program called Quality Counts.

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From the Ground Up - Making Management Adjustments to the Drought

Updated: 02/09/2012 - The drought and the sell- off it produced to reduce cattle numbers in Texas along with a strong demand for beef has raised the price of beef to consumers, but it’s also had an effect in other sectors of the beef industry.

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From the Ground Up - Hay Stocks

Posted: 02/02/2012 - As of December 1st, nationally, there was about 90 million tons of hay on hand. Looking back at a 10- year average, 80 million tons of hay is fed between December 1st and May 1st.

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From the Ground Up - Falling Beef Cattle Numbers

Updated: 01/26/2012 - During 2011, the drought experienced in Texas was responsible for continuing a liquidation of cattle that had began a couple of years before during another dry spell.

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From the Ground Up - Budget Cuts for Agriculture

Updated: 01/12/2012 - It was no secret that there were budget woes during the 2011 session of the Texas Legislature, and when the final budget was approved for the next two years every state agency was impacted.

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From the Ground Up - Drought Impact On Trees

Updated: 01/05/2012 - The drought has taken a toll on cropland and pastureland across the state, but it’s also had a huge impact on trees, and not just those that are part of the timber industry, but trees in our cities and towns

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From the Ground Up - Wildfires

Updated: 12/29/2011 - Changes in land use across the state combined a new drought of record helped insure that 2011 will go down as the worst year for wildfires in recorded Texas history.

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From the Ground Up - The Texas Forestry Industry

Updated: 12/15/2011 - Texas is usually portrayed on the movie screen as a very large state made up of wide open spaces, but the reality is that Texas is home to sixty three million acres of forest land, and forestry is a huge industry in our state

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From the Ground Up - The Increasing Importance of Agriculture

Updated: 12/08/2011 - The Texas Ag Commissioner was in town this week and we were able to catch up with him and ask him to share his thoughts on some of the challenges agricultural producers are currently facing in the state of Texas.

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From the Ground Up - Cattle Theft

Updated: 12/01/2011 - Cattle theft has been a life- long problem for the beef industry, but the profiles of today’s cattle rustlers have expanded to include some people you’d probably not put at the top of your suspect list.

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