Farm and Ranch
  • F1 Hereford - Brahman heifers graze on Tifton 85 Bermuda grass at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Overton. All replacement cattle are bringing record prices as livestock producer consider rebuilding herds. (Texas A&M AgriLife Communications photo by Robert Burns)
  • According to Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger Toney Hurley, the warrant stemmed from Jacob Thompson purchasing nearly 200 head of cattle in September 2013 from the Sulphur Springs Livestock Auction without attempting to make any type of payment for the $159,498 worth of cattle.
  • Rain in July makes things look more optimistic for wheat and stocker cattle operators, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist. (Texas A&M AgriLife Communications photo by Kay Ledbetter)
  • On October 16 and 17, The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Collin County will be hosting the 2014 Collin County Open Commercial Heifer Show and Sale. The show and sale is open to producers who may be interested in participating from the North Texas area.
  • Do you like feeding your livestock hay from August to March? Do you realize you have a choice in this matter? Well, you do. Here is a step by step process which you can follow that will help you make some good decisions for managing your livestock operation so you donít have to feed so much hay and grow close to the same amount of beef but with more profit.
  • The program will focus on issues within the beef industry today including topics such as: Beef- Better and Different Times Ahead, Forage Recovery, Can a $2500 Cow Breakeven, Leased Grazing Options, Evaluating Replacement Cattle Options, and Bull Selection.
  • Please contact the Extension Office to RSVP for the training at 903-583-7453 or email cody.maxwell@ag.tamu.edu. Due to availability of training materials, we will be limiting this course to 15 people.
  • The Fannin Soil and Water Conservation District # 520 and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) invite the public and any agencies with an interest in conservation issues to participate in a Local Work Group meeting to be held at 2504 North Center St, Bonham, TX in the USDA Service Center.
  • To enter the hay show, participants will need to bring their samples to the Derrell Hall Education Center at 2505 N. Center St. in Bonham by September 5, 2014. Samples will be delivered to the Noble Foundation in Ardmore, Oklahoma for forage analysis. Classes offered for the hay show will include Legumes, Summer Annuals, Bermudagrass, Small Grains/Ryegrass/Winter Annuals, and Others.
  • Dr. Mark Burow and Ratan Chopra, Texas Tech graduate student, survey potted peanuts in their Lubbock greenhouse. (Texas A&M AgriLife photo)
  • Eligible producers can borrow up to $300,000 in direct farm ownership loans to buy or enlarge a farm, construct new farm buildings or improve structures, pay closing costs, or promote soil and water conservation and protection. The interest rate on select loans can be as low as 1.5 percent with up to 40 years to repay.
  • The global market for organic food reaches 62.9 billion US dollars, which is 4 billion more than reported for 2010.