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Chronic Wasting Disease has yet to infect wild white-tailed deer in Texas, and state officials want to keep it that way

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John Tomecek has been busy this fall traveling the state and making presentations on a wide range of subjects as a wildlife specialist for Texas AgriLife Extension.
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The Thirsty Mule’s not on the Texas Wine Trail, but that hasn’t hurt business at the state’s only wine-tasting bar

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The Thirsty Mule winery outside of Liberty Hill isn’t on the official Texas Wine Trail — it’s on the wrong side of U.S. Highway 183 by a couple of hundred yards — but that doesn’t seem to have hurt business. The Thirsty Mule is the only wine tasting bar in the state, and it draws a diverse — and thirsty — group of customers Wednesdays through Saturdays.
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South Texas orchard may have biggest nest of leafcutter ants in the world, owner suspects

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Sandy Winokur has about 11,000 trees at her Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard south of San Antonio. She would have closer to 12,000 trees if leafcutter ants hadn’t taken out nearly 500 of them.
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Right As Rain: There are certain things you need to know if you’re going to try making hay while the sun’s not shining

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Among the keys to producing quality hay are growing the right kind of forage, harvesting it at the right time and storing it properly, Texas AgriLife Extension forage specialist Vanessa Corriher-Olson told producers at the Central Texas Hay Show earlier this month.
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Pond Scum: Identifying and managing clever aquatic vegetation can be both tricky and complicated

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Landowners with a pond that they hope to use as something other than a breeding ground for mosquitoes should control vegetation in that pond or risk losing it, according to Todd Sink, a fisheries specialist with Texas AgriLife Extension. And the key to managing aquatic vegetation is identifying it.
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Grand Prairie Farmers Market rated most popular in Texas by American Farmland Trust

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Voters in American Farmland Trust's (AFT) Farmers Market Celebration picked the Grand Prairie Farmers Market as the most popular farmers market in the state in five categories and the eighth most popular market in the country. AFT is a non-profit organization dedicated to conserving and preserving America's farmland.
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Size Matters: Beef industry has moved to bigger cattle, but some are too big to fit the landscape

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A lot of cow-calf producers don't know how much their cattle weigh. Even some who think they are bucking the trend of bigger cattle find out they're very much in the mainstream after they put their cattle on a scale.
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Judge sides with Texas Akaushi breeder in lawsuit against Colorado billionaire

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A Texas federal judge awarded Flatonia-based HeartBrand Beef Inc. $1.825 million in punitive damages in a court case involving HeartBrand's prized Akaushi cattle and Colorado billionaire Bill Koch's Bear Ranch. The court found that the ranch obtained hundreds of full-blood Akaushi by fraud.
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The Scoop On Soil: Healthy pastures, healthy cattle, healthy people – it all starts with healthy soil

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Betsy Ross believes there is a difference between soil and dirt. “When you take care of the land, it’s soil,” she told a group of Master Gardeners in Williamson County recently. “When you don’t, it’s dirt.”
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Learning to Adapt: In today’s market, cow-calf producers need to be flexible to be profitable

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Analysts at a recent CattleFax webinar projected a huge increase in the beef cow inventory next year, the result of improving weather conditions in most of the country and record high prices. But they warn that times are changing and cow-calf producers will have to be flexible to be profitable.
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