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A Big Year for Spam & Pulses: Foodies predict retro dishes like edible grain legumes and Hormel's mystery meat will be big in 2016

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We don't know what food will be the trendiest this year. Kale, bacon and cupcakes have all had a turn in the foodie spotlight, but the smart money, at least in early 2016, is on beans. Or pulses, as certain scientists and the United Nations (UN) call them.
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Predicting the future of weather still an inexact science, but not as inexact as it was just a few years ago

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State Climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon doesn’t believe that climate change is necessarily the farmer’s friend, but he does believe that farmers can use what we know about climate change to create opportunities based on that knowledge.
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Drones And Data: A year later, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Big Data are still ag’s ‘Next Big Thing’

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We’re going to hear a lot about the weather, economics and politics as they relate to agriculture in 2016, but the brave new world of technology will give us hundreds of other things to think about or deal with in the coming year.
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Looking Back at 2015: From droughts to floods and a tumultuous 1st term for the state ag commissioner, what a year it’s been

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If we take the most recent definition of Texas weather — one long drought broken by the occasional flood — 2015 was a typical year.
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Industry exec: If livestock producers are so bad at antibiotic stewarship, why does U.S. have world’s safest food supply?

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Livestock and the people who raise them have at least one thing in common. Their respective medical professionals often use antibiotics — sometimes the same antibiotics — to treat health problems.
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Veterinary group’s president says new VFD will have positive effect on use of antibiotics

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While some have bemoaned new federal regulations regarding the use of antibiotics in cattle operations, John Davidson, president of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP), is not one of them.
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Expired Registration: EPA cancels popular pesticide and herbicide, but manufacturer expects ‘prompt resolution of all outstanding issues’

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has cancelled the registration of one insecticide and withdrawn approval for a popular herbicide combo, but Dow AgroSciences, which manufactures both products, is confident that both will be available next year.
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Researcher says olives and olive oil production are ripe for the picking in the Eagle Ford Shale region

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About the time the last oil boom went bust, bumper stickers showed up in and around the oil patches: “Lord, just give us one more oil boom, and we promise we won’t blow it this time.”
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Notes and Quotes: School district in Mason County launches first high school viticulture program in the state of Texas

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In recognition of the growth of the wine and grape-growing industry in Texas, the Mason Independent School District has launched the first high school-level viticulture program in the state.
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Texas agriculture has depended on the Ogallala for more than a century, but the aquifer is in trouble

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In the late fall of 1909, D.L. McDonald dug a pit at the bottom of the Frio Draw south of Hereford. A decade into the 20th century, people were just then settling the Texas plains, of which those early settlers knew little. For one thing, they didn’t realize how arid and drought-prone the region could be.
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