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From the Ground Up - Producers Brace For Threat of Avian Flu This Fall

Updated: 07/23/2015 - While we appear to be on the backside of the curve for the outbreak of avian flu that occurred across the Midwest this spring and caused egg shortages and higher prices, producers are bracing themselves for another threat this fall, as wild birds migrate for the winter. Craig Coufal is a Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Poultry Specialist.

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From the Ground Up - Changes in the Texas Dairy Industry

Updated: 07/16/2015 - The Texas Dairy Industry has grown tremendously over the last several years, but with that growth has also come major changes. Michael Tomaszewski is a visiting professor and professor emeritus of dairy science in Texas A&M’s Department of Animal Science.

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From the Ground Up - Mixed Expectations For This Year’s Corn Crop

Updated: 07/09/2015 - Normally this time of the year when you drive through the rural parts of our area, you’ll notice that the corn stalks are beginning to dry down, signaling that the corn is close to being ready to harvest. Harvest will be a little later this year.

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From the Ground Up - Wheat Harvest

Updated: 06/11/2015 - After several days of sunshine many farmers are busy in the field with an overdue wheat harvest that was delayed by excessive rains in May. Glenn Hegar farms in Hockley.

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From the Ground Up - Ranchers Struggle With Excessive Rains

Posted: 06/04/2015 - After what the 2011 drought did to the cattle industry, you might think that one of Mother Nature’s winners so far this year would be ranchers, but the excessive amount of rain we’ve received produces a different set of problems.

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From the Ground Up - Rains Too Much Of A Good Thing?

Updated: 05/21/2015 - With the new drought of record being as recent as 2011, it’s hard to find an agricultural producer who’s eager to complain about the amount of rainfall we’ve received, but some locations in our area have received more than seventy-five per cent of our normal rainfall in the first five months of this year.

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From the Ground Up - Blinn College Agricultural Mechanics Show

Updated: 05/08/2015 - More than two- hundred projects were submitted by FFA and 4-H students from across the state during Blinn College’s Fourteenth Annual Ag Mechanics Project Show that was held last week in Brenham. Johnnie Schroeder teaches agricultural mechanics and engineering at Blinn College.

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From the Ground Up: Healthy Fat in Beef has Health Benefits

Updated: 04/09/2015 - In the 1980s some studies showed that oleic acid would decrease bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol. The question that then began to be asked was what could be done to beef to change fatty acid composition, and increase the amount of oleic acid.

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From the Ground Up: Planting Corn

Posted: 04/02/2015 - Wherever you are in Central Texas, it’s a safe bet you’re ahead on rainfall for the year. That‘s delayed the planting of the 2015 corn crop. Dale Hoelscher farms with his brother in Bell, Milam, Falls, and Robertson Counties.

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From the Ground Up - Food Security and Food Safety

Posted: 03/26/2015 - A country that has food security is one with a population that has enough to eat. A country that has food safety enjoys a food supply that is safe to eat. Thanks to a robust agricultural industry, U.S. consumers have experienced the benefits of both food security and food safety for a very long time. Larry Combest served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1985 until 2003.

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From the Ground Up - Former Congressman Calls For More Ag Education

Updated: 04/28/2015 - While the agriculture industry has finally begun to take steps to address the disconnect that exists between consumers and agricultural producers, at least one former congressman believes that more agricultural education in our schools should be part of the solution. Charles Stenholm served in the U.S. House of Representatives for twenty-six years.

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From the Ground Up - Growin On Faith Farm

Updated: 03/06/2015 - Last week, the Texas Department of Agriculture was in town to present a grant to a young local rancher. She’s going to use the money to help implement an ambitious business plan. Erin Pilosi-Kimbrough and her husband John operate the Growin On Faith Farm south of College Station.

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From The Ground Up - A Face Of Agriculture

Updated: 02/26/2015 - What we have found, especially in the poultry side of our business, is the consumer has become more and more concerned about how their food is produced, and how it’s handled.

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From the Ground Up - Cattle Census Shows Increased Numbers

Updated: 02/12/2015 - At the end of January, the USDA released its annual cattle inventory report. It showed a full two per cent increase in cattle numbers across the United States, and even more in Texas. David Anderson is a Texas A&M Agrilife Extension economist

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From the Ground Up - Should Consumers Care About Farm Level Prices

Updated: 02/05/2015 - Most consumers pay no attention to farm commodity prices. After all, how much wheat really is there in a loaf of bread? So even if wheat prices are high, it really shouldn’t have that dramatic of an effect on how much that bread costs. But what if the price was so low, nobody planted wheat? Then, it might matter to us what the price of that wheat was at the farm level. Mark Welch is a Texas A&M Agrilife Extension economist.

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From the Ground Up - Farming Requires Optimism

Updated: 01/29/2015 - From the Ground Up - Farming Requires Optimism Most of us who work for a living would find it hard to go to work every day if the boss called us in and told us he couldn’t promise us that we were always going to get a pay check. That’s a risk farmers take every year. Mark Welch is a Texas A&M Agrilife Extension economist.

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From the Ground Up - Crop Inputs Lower For 2015

Updated: 01/22/2015 - The good news for farmers in 2015 is that many of the inputs that they use to grow their crops have gone done in price. The bad news is that most commodity prices have gone down as well. Jason Wendler is a Brazos Valley farmer and rancher.

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