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‘Navigating Agriculture Through the Water-Energy-Food Nexus’ designed to ‘move from conflict to cooperation’

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The time has come to talk of three things: water, energy and food. They form what Texas A&M University professor Rabi Mohtar calls the Water-Energy-Food Nexus, or WEF Nexus.
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American Blues: Docile nature, muscle development and other factors make this a winning breed

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There’s more to American Blue cattle than meets the eye, and there’s plenty of a Belgian blue cow or bull to see. They have a lot more muscle than the average cow. People have called them the Arnold Schwarzenegger of cattle, but that’s not the only reason some producers are partial to them.
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The FDA is seeking help in defining what the term ‘natural’ should mean on food labels

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What does the word “natural” on a food label mean to you? The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants to know.
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Viva Mangalitsas! These fat, hairy pigs may look strange, but chefs rave about the flavor of their lard and meat

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Why would anyone want a big, fat, hairy pig? For the taste, of course.
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The CCD Question: Researchers are still searching for answers to explain why bees keep disappearing

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Clint Walker, a third-generation Texas beekeeper, opened this year’s Texas Beekeepers Association convention by criticizing the lack of progress in solving the mystery of why bees are disappearing from viruses not caused by trachea mites and varroa mites.
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The soils of Texas vary widely, but they’re all among our most precious resources

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Now is a fitting and proper time, during the International Year of the Soils, to take a look at the soils of Texas, beginning with the Texas State Soil.
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Honey’s Sweet Spot: Beekeepers may need to focus on more creative ways to market and diversify their products

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With apologies to Charles Dickens, this is the best of times and the worst of times for beekeepers and purveyors of local honey.
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Texas farmers can save money by using nitrogen buried deep within the soil

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Farmers in Texas know there is no such thing as a “normal” year, but this year has taken abnormality to a new level. Record spring rainfall gave way to the driest two months most of the state ever saw. The wet spring delayed planting, and the dry months that followed delivered the final part of an agronomic one-two punch.
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‘Hunting Heritage’ coalition dedicated to keeping wildlife wild, supporting values, ethics of hunters

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The people who formed Texans to Save Our Hunting Heritage in 2014 had been concerned for several years before that with the direction deer breeding in the state was headed. The tipping point was the 2011 legislative session, which featured 17 bills that, if passed, would have essentially deregulated the deer breeding industry.
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Texas has become ground zero in wheat growers’ battle against rust disease

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Texas is ground zero in the fight against wheat rust. The fungi that cause stem rust, leaf rust and stripe rust is a Winter Texan that catches the prevailing southern winds in the spring and travels north to Oklahoma, Kansas and the Midwest, all the way to Canada, spreading rust disease as it goes.
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