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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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From the Ground Up - 2015 Crop Preparation Well Underway

Updated: 01/15/2015 - After Christmas, a lot of us start thinking about making New Year’s resolutions, and plans for the upcoming year. It might surprise you to learn that farmers in our area began preparing for their 2015 crop well before the new year arrived. Walter Vajdak is a dryland farmer in Burleson County.

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From the Ground Up - GMOs Necessary To Feed The World

Updated: 01/08/2015 - GMO is an abbreviation for a genetically modified organism whose genome has been altered by the techniques of genetic engineering so that its DNA contains one or more genes not normally found there.

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From The Ground Up - Ag Producing More with Less

Updated: 01/02/2015 - Year after year farmers are encouraged to produce bigger yields with less inputs and that includes everything from land and water to pesticides and fertilizer.

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From the Ground Up - Christmas and Agriculture

Posted: 12/26/2014 - Agricultural Producers not only provide us with the food we enjoy to celebrate holidays, but they also provide many of the raw materials that are used to make gifts that are given this time of the year.

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From the Ground Up - Meeting Texas’ Future Water Needs

Updated: 12/18/2014 - It’s projected that by 2060 the State of Texas will need 8.3 million acre feet of water that we don’t currently have, and the big question facing state officials and planners is where will that water come from?

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From the Ground Up - Ag’s Water Usage Trending Down

Updated: 12/18/2014 - In 1997 Texas began to develop a water plan at the state level that outlined the current and future needs for water and wastewater treatment projects for the next fifty years.

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From the Ground Up - Public Benefits of Large Tracts of Land

Updated: 12/18/2014 - The loss of large tracts of farm land can obviously affect the ability of the U.S. to continue to produce the amount of food and fiber to meet domestic and global demand, but it could also affect some unseen public benefits that most people don't think about.

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From the Ground Up - Thanksgiving

Updated: 12/18/2014 - When most of us go grocery shopping we just assume that whatever we're looking for will be there, and give little thought to the fact that none of the food we enjoy on holidays originates at a grocery store. Shel Winkley has more in this week's From The Ground Up.

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From the Ground Up - Proactive Water Planning Necessary For Texas

Posted: 11/07/2014 - Everyone’s heard the old adage “out of sight, out of mind”, and that seems to be the case when you talk to the average person about the future water needs for the state of Texas. It’s harder to get their attention after a good year like 2014, but the fact of the matter is that we need to be planning for a not so rainy day. Monty Dozier is a Regional Program Leader for Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Agricultural/Natural Resources Southeast District Nine.

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From the Ground Up - New Cotton Harvesting

Updated: 10/09/2014 - If you’ve been driving in rural areas, you’ve probably seen cotton being harvested. You may have also seen some round bales that at first glance, look like hay round bales.

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From the Ground Up - Cotton Harvest

Updated: 10/02/2014 - If you’ve been driving in rural areas, you’ve most likely seen some fields that are solid white. That means it’s harvest time for cotton

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From the Ground Up - It's Harvest Time

Updated: 09/18/2014 - This year got off to a dry start for area farmers, but there was enough moisture to get crops planted, and then the timely rains that we received throughout the summer turned this year’s crop yields into one of the best in recent memory.

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FSA's Livestock Forage Program

Updated: 09/11/2014 - Ranchers who suffered financial losses for the past few years due to drought may be eligible for some assistance through the Livestock Forage Disaster Program. Mike Krystinik ranches in Brazos County.

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Texas' Beef Check-off Begins Next Month

Updated: 09/04/2014 - The U.S Beef Check-Off Program was started in the nineteen eighties as a producer funded marketing and research program that assesses one-dollar per beef animal at the time the animal is sold.

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Young Ranchers Attend Texas A&M's Beef 706

Updated: 08/28/2014 - Earlier this month, Texas A&M Agrilife Extension hosted its Beef 706 course that zeroes in on how beef producers can produce a more consistent and high quality beef product.

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From the Ground Up - Rebuilding the Cow Herd

Updated: 07/31/2014 - The 2011 drought produced an unprecedented sell-off of cattle that severely reduced the size of the U.S. cow herd. It appears, at least in our part of the state, the rebuilding process is beginning to take place. Bobby Kurten is a Brazos County rancher.

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