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Banking On Conservation: USDA water quality specialist outlines NRCS programs available to farmers and ranchers

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Conservation programs made it into the most recent farm bill relatively unscathed. Funding for some programs was cut slightly, and some appeared under different names or headings, but most of the old ones survived the process and a few new ones were created.
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Three basics considerations are essential to the management of livestock forage

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When it comes to managing forages, Texas AgriLife Extension Forage Specialist Larry Redmon offers three basic considerations: water, fertilizer and protection. He detailed those considerations during the latest webinar from the Extension’s Range Management Series.
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Trap cropping takes some work but can be an important tool in a pest management program

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The idea of a farmer sacrificing one crop to pests in order save another — trap cropping — is not new, but it’s getting a new look from researchers and farmers as an alternative to pesticides, especially in fruit and vegetable crops.
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Sowing the seeds of sustainability is goal of new and diverse alliance, 'Field to Market'

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Farmers and ranchers who want to run a more sustainable operation but aren’t sure what sustainable means or how to measure it can look to a relatively new and diverse group of companies and organizations for some answers.
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The Sodium Solution: There’s a chemical that can help control feral hogs, but getting approval to let farmers use it will be difficult

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A bacon preservative might be a part of the ultimate solution to the feral hog problem in Texas, the rest of the country and in Australia, where feral swine have a firm hoof-hold and where researchers first confirmed how lethal sodium nitrite is to hogs.
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A Good Year For Texas Wine: Spring rains, dry summer were the right combination for this year's grape crop

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Thanks in no small part to this year's freakish weather patterns, Texas vineyards are in the process of a grape harvest that's shaping up as one of the best in recent history. The combination of heavy rain in late spring and a dry summer have growers and wineries believing that 2015 will go down as a very good year, indeed.
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Herd Health: Sure, it costs money to vaccinate cattle, but it can cost a lot more not to

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Cattle raisers are hypochondriacs to some extent, at least when it comes to the health of their cattle. They have to be. Cattle are susceptible to dozens of diseases, for which there are more than 100 vaccines. The vaccines are expensive, but the loss of cattle to respiratory or reproductive diseases costs the producer a lot more in the long run.
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Bits & Briefs: Notes and quotes on COOL attitudes, thinking like an 8-year-old, and a novel fatigue syndrome affecting feedlot cattle

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What you don't know might not hurt you, but it can affect how you feel about Country Of Origin Labeling (COOL) laws.
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Grain bin safety and entrapment rescue clinic set Sept. 3 in Paris

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PARIS — The dangers of working in grain bins hit home in Northeast Texas residents March 4 when Paul Chelius, 32, suffocated in a bin of soybeans. Family and friends of Chelius and area agencies have worked together to acquire rescue equipment and provide training to area first responders and farmers on grain bin safety and rescue.

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Jonathan Cobb’s future in farming was looking dark when a chance encounter opened his eyes to the future

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In the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year of 2011, Jonathan Cobb finally got around to telling his father, Leonard, that he didn’t want to quit farming but he couldn’t figure out a way to make things work for him and his wife.

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