Agriculture

Challenges and uncertainties are synonymous with farming and ranching. To say these are challenging, uncertain times is an understatement. But, as is their inherent nature, farmers and ranchers will certainly adapt and persevere, and we at USDA are here to help them.   Our USDA Service Centers are...
Cotton – we touch it every day. From clothes to medical supplies to animal feed, cotton continues to increase in quality. A recent collaborative, including Texas A&M researchers, is making sure this amazing crop, and thus the products made from it, will continue to be efficiently bred, grown...
The Gray County 4-H is making some changes to their Annual Spring Geraniums Fund Raiser this year.   Due to COVID-19, we will be taking orders by e-mail and phone and Credit/Debit Card payments only.   The orders have to be placed with the Gray County Extension Office no later than May 13th.  ...
WASHINGTON, April 9, 2020 – Agricultural producers now have more time to repay Marketing Assistance Loans (MAL) as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s implementation of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020. The loans now mature at 12 months rather than...
Part II of III: Disruptions to the nation’s supply chain and final destinations for meat and milk products due to COVID-19 are causing anxiety from farms to markets, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. David Anderson, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension economist, College Station, said...
Part III of III: People need to eat, so grain farmers must keep planting, plowing and harvesting in spite of COVID-19. But a volatile grain market in reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic has economists and producers working overtime to plan for this summer’s growing season, according to Texas A&M...
In the Texas High Plains grain markets the bulk of bids were 12 to 13 cents lower on grain sorghum; 3 to 5 cents lower on wheat; 7 cents lower on corn.   The May contract closed 6.75 cents lower on corn, and 4.25 cents lower on May on KC wheat.  Prices paid or bid to producers delivered to country...
COVID-19 has people looking for self-sufficient ways, like egg production, to put food on the table. Purchases of hens for egg production increased as the pandemic created food scarcity issues at local markets. Here are some tips from Craig Coufal, Ph.D., Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service...
In the Texas High Plains grain markets the bulk of bids were 2 to 4 cents lower on grain sorghum; 5 to 6 cents higher on wheat; 1 to 3 cents lower on corn.   The May contract closed 1.50 cents lower on corn, and 4.75 cents higher on May on KC wheat.  Prices paid or bid to producers delivered to...
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will offer its award-winning Ranchers Agricultural Leasing Workshop as an online course available anytime. “Given the popularity of our live Ranchers Leasing Workshop events, we receive more requests for and interest in programs than we are able to...

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