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Challenges With The Next Farm Bill

Posted: 07/01/2011 - Discussion of a new farm bill has begun in Washington and although the nation’s budget deficit will play a major factor in what the final legislation looks like, it’s not the only challenge faced by agricultural producers who hope to preserve some kind of safety net for the industry.

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From the Ground Up - Managing Through The Drought

Updated: 06/16/2011 - There has been an unprecedented sell-off of cattle in the past few months here in the Brazos Valley, and with no relief from the drought in sight, we're liable to see cattle numbers continue to dwindle.

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From the Ground Up - Brazos Valley Cotton & Corn

Updated: 06/13/2011 - If you've been traveling the countryside this spring you may have noticed a change in the rural landscape that has been brought about by the prolonged drought; less cattle, very little corn, and more cotton.

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From the Ground Up - Clearing Brush

Updated: 06/13/2011 - In the past, clearing a piece of land that was overgrown with brush usually involved a bulldozer and some burn piles, but today there's another alternative.

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From the Ground Up - Growing Hay With Irrigation

Updated: 06/13/2011 - Over 80% of the cropland in the local Brazos River bottom is irrigated and has been for some time, but growing hay locally using irrigation is a relatively new practice.

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Managing Cattle In A Drought - From the Ground Up

Updated: 06/13/2011 - Making a living in production agriculture can be tough, even when you get cooperation from Mother Nature, and trying to do it during a drought presents its own set of management challenges.

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Recent Drought Losses in Billions

Posted: 05/18/2011 - Agriculture officials in Texas say preliminary numbers show that the worst drought in decades has brought $1.5 billion in losses and could easily surpass the single-year record.

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Drought - From the Ground Up

Updated: 06/13/2011 - With prices of many commodities at or near historical highs many farmers were looking forward to a good year financially that would help make up for some of those not- so- good years in the past.

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Producing Beef - From The Ground Up

Updated: 03/31/2011 - In this week’s From The Ground Up we take a look at what it takes to produce the beef today that many of us enjoy.

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Invasive Species Threatens Prickly Pear

Updated: 03/28/2011 - An invasive species of moth that eats prickly pear cactus is moving across the Gulf Coast toward Texas - and that's prompting action by the U.S. and Mexican governments.

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Youth Livestock Shows - From the Ground Up

Updated: 03/24/2011 - Spring marks the beginning of many county youth livestock shows, and in Robertson County, this is the 4th year they’ve had a commercial heifer show. We talked to some of this year’s show participants, as Ashley Batey tells us in this week’s From The Ground Up.

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Communicating With Consumers - From the Ground Up

Updated: 03/17/2011 - A group of farmers from different states visited Bryan College Station recently and we had the opportunity to ask them what they would like to say to consumers if they had the chance. Ashley Batey has more in this week’s From The Ground Up.

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The Texas Beef Council/Beef Check-Off - From the Ground Up

Updated: 03/10/2011 - The Texas Beef Council was created as a result of the 1985 beef promotion and research act and is made up of a 20 member board representing nine different Texas cattle and beef organizations. One of the Beef Council’s chief responsibilities is to insure compliance with the beef check-off program that requires that one dollar be collected from the proceeds of the sale of every beef animal.

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Obstacles to Expansion of the National Cow Herd - From the Ground Up

Updated: 03/03/2011 - With our national beef numbers down, a strong domestic demand for beef, and strong export markets, demand continues to lag behind supply. There are several contributing factors that have led both to the shortage of beef and are also hindering the rebuilding of the cow herd, but in this week’s From The Ground Up, Ashley Batey tells us that the biggest factor is the weather.

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When Will The National Cow Herd Expand? - From the Ground Up

Posted: 05/19/2011 - With record high feed costs, essentially record high fuel costs, and a high demand and short supply of beef, consumers are seeing high prices at the meat counter. Insiders in the beef industry are beginning to ask what it will take for beef producers to start to retain some heifers to rebuild the national beef herd. Ashley Batey has more in this week’s From The Ground Up.

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Shrinkage of the U.S. Beef Cattle Herd

Updated: 02/17/2011 - The USDA’s semi-annual cattle inventory report came out at the end of January and it showed a continuation of a reduction in the nation’s beef cattle herd that began in 2007. Ashley Batey has more in this week’s From The Ground Up.

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