Farm and Ranch
  • Data must be gathered from Texas A&M AgriLife Research wheat breeding plots across the state. (Texas A&M AgriLife Research photo by Kay Ledbetter)
  • United States and Canadian cattle inventory up 2 percent
  • The recent Head of the River Ranch fire, attributed to a lightning strike, devours forage near Christoval. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Dr. Morgan Russell)
  • Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden 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.
  • The dangers of working in grain bins hit home to Northeast Texas residents on March 4 when 32-year-old Paul Chelius suffocated in a bin of soybeans, said Mike Morrow, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent for Lamar County.
  • Beef producers can get free training to help them become more competitive in the industry by attending a Texas Beef Quality Producer (TBQP) program Aug. 29 at the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas.
  • Fish kills in farm ponds and lakes can be caused by many factors, but the most common during summer is weather related, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Robert Burns)
  • This program will be free to attend and drinks and snacks will be provided. If you are interested in attending this program, please call the Fannin County Extension Office at 903-583-7453 or email cody.maxwell@ag.tamu.edu to RSVP.
  • Cattle theft has continued to increase as market prices have risen in conjunction with the drought, according to the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association. With a single animal worth from $1,500 to $3,000, cattle rustling nearly always constitutes felony theft. (Texas A&M AgriLife Communications photo by Robert Burns)
  • While we have cancelled the bale hauling and decoration, we have not cancelled the "do it yourself" 2015 Fannin County Bale Trail. If you have the ability to procure, place and decorate a hay bale, we encourage you to do so. If you register your bale, the Bonham Chamber will provide a map so people can find your bale and a small sign that explains the purpose of the bales. Please display this sign near your bale. In addition, you may also make your own sign that "names" or describes your bale.
  • We had an outstanding market with all buyers in attendance. Next sheep/goat sale is Saturday, September 26. Sheep and Goat sale is the FOURTH Saturday of every month!
  • Texas had 167 auction markets in 1969 and only 92 auction markets were left in the state by 2013, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service study. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Blair Fannin)