Farm and Ranch
  • Historic high prices in the cattle market and future trends will be one of many important topics discussed in-depth at the 2015 Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course scheduled Aug. 3-5 at Texas A&M University in College Station.
  • Fullcircle Farms in Trenton, Texas is open for blackberry picking. Weekday hours are 6 pm to dusk and weekend hours are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • The Blackland Income Growth Conference coordinating committee (front row, left to right) Terry Coufal, Bell County, cotton; Kathy Swetland, McLennan County, family nutrition; Robin Liebe, McLennan County, Blackland Income Growth chairman; Mike Garrett, Falls County, forage. (Back Row, left to right) Ron Woolley, BIG coordinator, Stephenville; Gary Phillips, Bosque County, wildlife; Don Griffin, McLennan County, horse; Jason Embry, Limestone County, beef; Bob Carroll, Navarro County, rural land management; Louie McDaniel, McLennan County, horticulture; Steve Beakley, Ellis County, grain. Not pictured are Bill Foshea, BIG vice chairman and Justin Richard, BIG treasurer. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Blair Fannin)
  • Local offices issue receipts for services provided
  • A canola field in full bloom near College Station. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Dr. Clark Neely.)
  • Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden today announced that starting July 1, 2015, dairy farmers can enroll in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Margin Protection Program for coverage in 2016. The voluntary program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides financial assistance to participating dairy operations when the margin – the difference between the price of milk and feed costs – falls below the coverage level selected by the farmer. Harden made the announcement while visiting Wolfe’s Neck Farm and dairy school in Freeport, Maine.
  • Water law in Texas can be complicated. For an overview of Texas water laws as well as recent legal cases, attend a July 2 webinar taught by Tiffany Dowell Lashmet, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist and assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Texas A&M University.
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) today announced interest rates for July 2015. The CCC borrowing rate-based charge for July is 0.250 percent, unchanged from 0.250 percent in June.
  • Karoline Plunk, left, and Jody Philley of Overton show off peaches that Philley’s husband grew. Philley said though they had good crop, it wasn’t a bumper crop because of disease problems caused by continual rains throughout much of the growing season. (Texas A&M AgriLife Communications photo by Robert Burns)
  • Farm Service Agency stands ready to assist agricultural producers slammed by recent heavy rains
  • May farm Prices Received Index up 3.9 percent
  • Results of sale Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 1411 head. No sale July 2.