Category Archives: Agriculture News & Information

Blinn Livestock Judging Team Earns Reserve Champion Honors at Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo

The Blinn College livestock judging team was named reserve champion at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. Blinn’s Agricultural Sciences Program is one of the largest in the nation with almost 800 students enrolled – roughly four times the size of any other two-year agricultural program in the state.

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The Ag Paradox: Farm Incomes And Equipment Purchases Tank While John Deere’s Stock Soars

Last week the U.S Department of Agriculture’s latest biannual report of farm incomes painted a very bleak picture for the American farmer. In its first forecast for 2017, the USDA saw real farm cash receipts down 14% versus 2015 and 36% from the previous high set in 2012 as farm debt continued to soar and leverage surged to all-time highs.

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Johnnie Schroeder Retires After 46 Years With Blinn’s Agricultural Sciences Department

Much has changed since 1970, when Johnnie Schroeder came to Blinn College as an instructor. But his commitment to student success has remained a constant presence in the Agricultural Sciences Department. After teaching engines, welding, engineering, and wood construction for 46 years, Schroeder announced his retirement from full-time work in December.

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AgriLife Extension Offers Tips For Avoiding Zika

The mosquito-transmitted Zika virus is a potential threat to the health of unborn babies in Texas and other states, and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has stepped up efforts to educate the public on ways to protect themselves from this new menace, said agency entomologists. Share This ArticleFacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedinemail

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Bluebonnet Master Gardeners Host Kid’s Summer Garden Program

The Bluebonnet Master Gardeners are pleased to present a children’s garden program for Austin County beginning on Monday, June 27 thru Friday, July 1, 2016, at the Sealy Church of Christ, 201 6th Street, Sealy, Texas.  Classes start at 8 AM each morning and finish at Noon each day. Share This ArticleFacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedinemail

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USDA Extends Deadline for Recording Farm Structure

USDA announced a one-time, 30-day extension to the June 1 deadline for recording farm organization structures related to Actively Engaged in Farming determinations. This date is used to determine the level of interest an individual holds in a legal entity for the applicable program year. Farming operations will now have until July 1 to complete their restructuring or finalize any operational change. Share […]

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USDA Unveils Improvement to Streamline Crop Reporting

Farmers and ranchers filing crop acreage reports with the Farm Service Agency (FSA) and participating insurance providers approved by the Risk Management Agency (RMA) now can provide the common information from their acreage reports at one office and the information will be electronically shared with the other location.  Share This ArticleFacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedinemail

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Austin County Soil & Water Conservation District #347 2016 Banquet Of Champions

The Austin County Soil & Water Conservation District held its 2016 Banquet of Champions on Thursday, May 19, 2016, at the Cat Spring Agricultural Society Hall. The Master of Ceremonies for the evening was Charles Goeke. Pastor Kevin Haug of St. John Lutheran Church, Cat Spring, gave the invocation and benediction. Share This ArticleFacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedinemail

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AgriLife Research Investigators Study Effects Of Aflatoxins On Quail Reproduction [VIDEO]

UVALDE – In an effort to find what’s causing the decline of Texas wild quail populations, Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists investigated whether regular ingestion of low levels of aflatoxins by bobwhite and scaled quail may impact their ability to reproduce. Share This ArticleFacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedinemail

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Running Out of Agricultural Land

Fear that we are running out of important resources is perpetual. Oil is a favorite thing to worry about; landfill space is another, and trees yet another. I could continue listing things (coal, copper, iron ore, even tin) that people have worried would soon be exhausted, and I plan to discuss the persistent fear of resource exhaustion in future columns. […]

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