Central Texas Farm and Ranch News


Oil and gas leases, drought among topics for 2011 South Texas Farm and Ranch Show
Strategies in dealing with oil and gas issues, plus the ongoing drought, will be among the topics to be discussed at the 2011 South Texas Farm and Ranch Show Oct. 26-27 at the Victoria Community Center, 2905 E. North St., in Victoria.
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New AgriLife Extension publication helps 'spell out' economic variables of irrigation systems
The irrigation world has become an alphabet soup - LESA, MESA, LEPA, SDI - but a new Texas AgriLife Extension Service publication can help producers "spell out" feasibility, efficiency and water savings by selecting the right system for their operation.
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AgriLife Research beef cattle studies focus on residual-feed intake, evaluate feed efficiency
Feed efficiency in beef cattle is getting a closer look by a Texas AgriLife Research scientist, who is evaluating both feedlot performance and feed intake to improve profitability and reduce the environmental impact of beef production systems.
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Rice insects not as "boring" in Texas, Louisiana, researchers say
Way and a colleague, Dr. Gene Reagan, entomology professor with the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, joined forces a decade ago - though the Mexican rice borer was found only partly across the Texas rice belt and not in neighboring Louisiana - in hopes of getting ahead of the damaging, yield-reducing pest.
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Texas ranchers, farmers, seeing record losses in grip of drought, say, 'These are desperate times'
Agricultural losses attributed to the drought have reached a record $5.2 billion, according to a report prepared by Texas A&M System's AgriLife Extension Service. Livestock losses alone are $2.06 billion. After factoring in losses for elevators, processing plants and other businesses that serve farmers and ranchers, the total economic impact hits $8.7 billion.
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New sales tax exemption registration for agricultural producers
Farmers, ranchers and timber operators who produce agricultural and timber products for sale will need a special registration number to claim sales tax exemption on purchased taxable products used for their operations beginning Jan. 1.
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Waiver Extension Assists Ranchers Devastated by Drought
Texas ranchers suffering from the worst one-year drought on record can continue to count on a hay transportation waiver to help feed their dwindling herds. At the request of Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples, Gov. Rick Perry extended the waiver from August 4 to September 1 with the possibility of further extensions every 30 days as long as the drought continues. The waiver relaxes certain restrictions and permitting requirements in order to expedite the transport of hay.
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FSA accepting emergency loan applications
FSA Farm Loan Manager, Raecene Randall, Farm Loan Manager, is urging farmers who are interested in receiving an emergency loan to submit their applications into FSA as soon as possible. Randall said, "We hope farmers will get their applications in early rather than waiting until near the deadline, which is 02/24/2012. The longer they wait, the more chance there is for long delays. If the applications come in early, we can avoid backlogs and speed up the process."
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Wind in the Wires
Many Texans like wind power. Few want electric transmission lines running through their ranches.
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Prickly Problem: Too much of a good thing?
Like most things in life, the prickly pear cactus has it pros and its cons. For anyone who has ever had a brush with prickly pear glochids, those tiny, barbed spines that can inflict a world of hurt, it might be difficult to envision particular positives at that moment.
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Fire Ant Control Reminder
Plateau finds the key time for imported red fire ant (IRFA) control is now through June, before the heat of summer hits.
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Hunt and Fish Free - Forever
This is your chance to win a Lifetime Super Combo License, giving you the right to hunt and fish in Texas without ever having to buy another state license or stamp.
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Texas Deer Association Makes Tracks Across The State
San Antonio,Tx — More than 300 deer enthusiasts, land owners, exhibitors, hunters and students from across the state converged on Grapevine March 5-6 for the Texas Deer Association's (TDA) 2nd Annual Spring Gala and Superior Genetics Whitetail Deer Auction.
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April 13th webinar in Austin to address small-acreage crops
AUSTIN — A free "Small Acreage Horticultural Crops" Web seminar for residents of Travis and surrounding counties will take place from 10 a.m.-noon on April 13 at the Texas AgriLife Extension Service office in Travis County, 1600-B Smith Rd., Austin.
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13 State Parks to Host Go Fish! Events This Spring
AUSTIN — The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department wants to make it easier for Texans to go fishing and this year has renamed and expanded its learn-to-fish initiative to include dozens of special springtime events being held at 13 state parks throughout Texas.
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$400M project springs up in Hays
Austin Business Journal
by A.J. Mistretta

Greg Rich sees tremendous untapped promise in the quiet Hays County community of Dripping Springs.
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