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Working the night shift – bats play an important role in pollinating crops

Most people associate pollination with bees and birds but often forget the work of their furry colleagues: bats. Bats take the night shift, playing a major role in pollinating crops and spreading seeds. One important bat is the Mexican long-nose bat, which dwells in large colonies in Texas, California, New Mexico and Arizona. Some states […]

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House to vote on bill requiring EPA to share scientific basis for regulations

The House will vote on legislation preventing the Environmental Protection Agency from issuing regulations, unless all scientific data to support implementation is publicly available. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. did not specify when the House would vote, saying only that it would be “soon.” The House will return to Washington on Nov. 12. Read […]

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As Texas grows, will highways meet demand?

In Tuesday (Nov. 4), Texas voters will be asked to redirect some state oil and gas production tax revenue destined for the state’s Rainy Day Fund to instead pay for roadways. This proposed constitutional amendment is just the latest in a series of mechanisms Texas has used to finance transportation. Read the latest issue of […]

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Emergency assistance program covers transport of water in drought, fever tick treatment

The Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) provides payments to eligible producers of livestock, honeybees, and farm-raised fish to help to compensate for losses due to disease (including cattle tick fever), adverse weather, or other conditions, such as blizzards and wildfires, as determined by the secretary of agriculture.  ELAP provides assistance […]

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Legislators consider ways to stop feral hogs

In recent years, the Texas Legislature has passed or tried to pass legislation aimed at reducing the rapidly growing feral hog population in the state. But so far little has worked. It looks like the legislature will try something new when it is back in session in mid-January. Two Texas House committees met last Friday […]

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It's what's for dinner: Autumn harvest braised brisket

Now that the weather’s turning cooler, try this brisket with a fall flair. Read more at beefitswhatsfordinner.com…

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CDC shares data on E. Coli and Salmonella in beef

A widely held belief among food safety experts is that the U.S. beef industry has made enormous strides in the past two decades to reduce outbreaks and recalls associated with beef. One of the many measures initiated by industry to help reduce illness associated with beef has been the Beef Safety Conference, held each year […]

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Corn prices expected to edge up, could pressure fed cattle bids in 2015

Recent lower prices in corn could translate into fewer planted acres in 2015, potentially putting pressure on bids for beef cattle next year, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist. However, Dr. Mark Welch, AgriLife Extension grains marketing economist in College Station, told attendees at the recent Brazos Valley Beef and Forage Expo that a lot of things would have to come into play for this situation to develop. 

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Texas crop, weather, for Oct. 29, 2014

Though the sugarcane aphid is manageable, it’s likely here to stay in South Texas and the rest of the state. The aphid became a pest of sorghum for the first time in South Texas in 2013. The same year, outbreaks occurred in South and East Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Missouri. Today, the pest has been reported damaging sorghum and other crops in 11 southern states and several states in Mexico. 

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How to avoid common deer hunting violations

The general deer season opens Nov. 1 and ends Jan. 4 (North Zone) and Jan.18 (South Zone). Each hunter is responsible for knowing the specific regulations for the county in which he or she is hunting. Bag limits for white-tailed deer vary by county, and some counties have antler restrictions in place. Do you know the most common deer hinting violation? Hint: It has nothing to do with antlers.

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