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From the Ground Up - Smaller Corn Crop Could Affect Prices

Updated: 04/17/2014 - When a farmer makes his plans for planting in any given year, he has to consider many things that are completely beyond his control, not the least being the weather and market prices, and while expert predictions are available for consideration, those are also vulnerable to changes that take place that affect their original assumptions.

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From the Ground Up - Farm Bill Changes

Updated: 03/06/2014 - The Farm Bill that was passed in February is the result of three and a half years of Congressional debate about what would provide the best safety net for agricultural producers going forward.

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From the Ground Up - Planting Decisions

Updated: 02/27/2014 - Corn is the first crop that gets planted in a new year, and around Valentine’s Day, farmers in our area who are going to plant corn begin to pay very close attention to the weather.

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From the Ground Up - Does Cold Weather Impact Insects?

Updated: 02/20/2014 - When we’ve been experiencing a mild winter, how many times have you heard someone comment that we need to have some freezing weather to kill some of the bugs that had been pestering us during the fall and summer?

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From the Ground Up - Economics of Farming

Updated: 01/02/2014 - Farmers operate on very thin margins, and with the capital required to farm today, it would be easy to understand why some might choose a different career path, but thankfully enough people choose to farm, and that’s what keeps the rest of us fed.

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From the Ground Up: Rain and Fall Planting

Updated: 12/05/2013 - The heavy rains we’ve received this fall have filled up lakes and ponds and helped to replenish sub soil moisture, but we wondered if maybe it could be a case of getting too much of a good thing. Billy Pagach farms in Milam County.

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From the Ground Up - Heifer Project International

Updated: 11/21/2013 - Heifer Project International is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping poor families around the world receive training and gifts of animals that help them become self-reliant. Their CEO, Pierre Ferrari, delivered a couple of lectures on the Texas A&M campus last week.

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Low Cattle Numbers Challenge Beef Infrastructre

Updated: 11/07/2013 - High prices that beef calves are bringing at the sale barns are welcomed by ranchers, but those prices don’t automatically translate to good news for the beef industry as a whole.

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