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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: 07/17/2014 - 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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High Commodity Prices - From the Ground Up

Updated: 02/10/2011 - Commodities like cotton, corn, wheat, and soybeans are at historical highs on the future’s boards, and in this week’s From The Ground Up, Ashley Batey tells us that farmers say there is also a down side to these high prices.

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Planting Decisions- From the Ground Up

Updated: 02/07/2011 - With December 2011 cotton prices at almost unbelievable historical highs, one has to wonder if we’ll be seeing the fluffy white fiber will win the race for acres being planted here in the Brazos Valley. Bob French has more in this week’s From The Ground Up.

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Rural Veterinarian Shortage - From the Ground Up

Posted: 01/20/2011 - It’s not a problem for ranchers here in the Brazos Valley, but in more rural parts of the state there is a shortage of veterinarians with large animal practices dealing with food animals.

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East Texas Farmers Giving Up on Sweet Potatoes

Posted: 01/17/2011 - Many East Texas farmers are giving up on sweet potatoes, saying it's become hard to find properties that are big enough and they must fend off wild hogs and weevils that can devastate their crop.

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Being Competitive in the Ag Sector - From the Ground Up

Posted: 01/13/2011 - Today’s farmers and ranchers are better bankers, better users of information technology, and better marketers than their predecessors, not because they’re any smarter, but because the global marketplace requires all of this for them to be competitive.

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Expectations For 2011 - From the Ground Up

Updated: 01/06/2011 - After a pretty successful 2010, local agricultural producers are beginning to implement their strategies for the new year, and as usual, everything revolves around the weather.

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Reflections on 2010- From the Ground Up

Updated: 01/03/2011 - Overall, 2010 was a better year than the previous one for most Brazos Valley ag producers, and as usual, it was Mother Nature that was calling the shots. Ashley Batey has more in this week’s From The Ground Up.

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The Estate Tax and Agriculture

Posted: 12/23/2010 - Last week the congress passed a tax bill that contained a change in the estate tax for the 2011 and 2012 tax years.

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Land Owner’s Liabilities - From the Ground Up

Updated: 12/09/2010 - In Texas, the vast majority of land is privately held, and several years ago the Texas legislature recognized state law that covered a landowner’s liability for accidents and injuries that might take place on a piece of property was limiting the access that the state’s population would have for recreational use of private property.

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Organic vs Non-Organic

Updated: 12/02/2010 - For years there has been on on-going debate on whether organically produced food is better than food produced using all the newest technologies available to the American farmer.

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Forwarded Cotton Contracts - From the Ground Up

Updated: 11/18/2010 - When farmers pre-sell all or a portion of their crop, the price they receive is whatever is on the futures board at the time they sign their contract.

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2011 Cotton Acreage- From the Ground Up

Posted: 11/11/2010 - Recent historical high cotton prices might make those of us who aren’t involved in agriculture why local farmers wouldn’t just plant all of their land with cotton in 2011. In this week’s From The Ground Up, Ashley Batey tells us it’s not as simple a decision as it seems.

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Cotton Prices - From the Ground Up

Updated: 11/04/2010 - When we hear about high commodity prices for corn, wheat, or the recent historical high reached by cotton, it’s easy to see why people would think that farmers were making lots of money.

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