Farm and Ranch
  • Members of the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Horseback Team recently apprehended approximately 300 head of stray and feral cattle originally from Mexico along the Rio Grande River near Langtry, located in Val Verde County.
  • All area farmers and or ranchers are encouraged to attend an ARC/PLC Farm Bill meeting at Lamar County Fairgrounds Thursday, October 2. Joe Outlaw, Extension Economist, will speak on the different aspects of the new farm program and provide essential information to assist producers in deciding which program to participate in.
  • End of direct payments represents one of the most significant farm policy reforms in decades
  • Aquaponic systems include a circular pattern in which the water from a fish tank flows to a soilless plant growing container. Waste from the fish supplies nutrients to the plants which purifies the water before it returns to the fish tank.
  • Commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 3.80 billion pounds in August, down 10 percent from the 4.20 billion pounds produced in August 2013.
  • September Farm Prices Received Index decreased 3 points
  • Denton County is the self-proclaimed Lexington, Kentucky of Texas when it comes to the equine industry, according to Brandon Boughen, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent for the county.
  • The Fannin County Extension Office will be hosting the 2014 Fannin County Hay Show and Program on Thursday, October 2 at 6:00 p.m at the Derrell Hall Education Center, 2505 North Center Street in Bonham. This program will offer 2 CEU’s to those with a pesticide applicator license. James Locke, soil fertility specialist from the Noble Foundation will be speaking on weed control and fertilization, and Allan Knutson, Extension Entomologist, will be speaking on grasshopper, armyworm, and sugarcane aphid control.
  • This will be an in-the-field, close-up, hands-on program where you can see and learn about electric fence basics. Dwain Christophersen, Gallagher Territory Manager, will be displaying different types of electric fence components and set ups. Learn how to choose the right fence charger, how to set up and maintain electric fences, and much more practical information. He will also be displaying the industries newest systems and features. (Recommended to bring own folding/sports chair.)
  • Cody Wayne Blalock, 28, of Ardmore Okla., surrendered himself to authorities Thursday on a felony warrant for knowingly concealing stolen property. Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Special Ranger Bart Perrier and Carter County Sheriff’s Office, Lt. Derek Helmke led the investigation. TSCRA Special Ranger Ben Eggleston assisted with the investigation.
  • Dr. John Robinson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist, inspects cotton near College Station. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Blair Fannin)
  • New tool will assist with 2014 farm bill program decisions