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Developing rapid response methods for avian influenza A

TVMDL-led team to establish next-generation sequencing for pathogen detection PUBLISHED ON January 18, 2021 COLLEGE STATION, Texas — The U.S. poultry industry continues to be a critical part of the nation’s food supply. Although surveillance testing and biosafety measures have improved in recent decades, the multibillion-dollar industry still faces constant threat of infectious avian diseases. Through a newly funded project, the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory, TVMDL, is leading the effort to develop rapid next-generation sequencing procedures to assist in the detection and characterization of influenza A viruses, IAV,… Read More →

TSSWCB receives additional funding to address feral swine

Funds will support three additional pilot projects to control feral swine in Texas PUBLISHED ON January 18, 2021 TEMPLE, Texas — The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced it is awarding approximately $1.5 million to the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB) to fund three additional pilot projects to control feral swine in Texas. These projects are a part of the Feral Swine Control Pilot Program (FSCPP), which is a joint effort between USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Animal and Plant Health Inspection… Read More →

Capital Farm Credit announces Ag Law in the Field partnership

Ag Law in the Field is a podcast hosted by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Ag Law Specialist, Tiffany Lashmet PUBLISHED ON January 17, 2021 BRYAN, Texas — Capital Farm Credit recently announced its sponsorship of Ag Law in the Field, a podcast hosted by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Ag Law Specialist, Tiffany Lashmet. Ag Law in the Field has been discussing topics in agriculture law with guests and professionals since 2017. Capital Farm Credit is honored to sponsor this accredited resource for people in agriculture and rural communities…. Read More →

Livestock issues top concerns at AFBF policy meeting

TFB delegates gathered in Waco to participate in the virtual convention PUBLISHED ON January 17, 2021 WACO, Texas — Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) delegates weighed in on livestock market issues, crop insurance and feral hogs, among other issues, during the business session of the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) virtual convention Thursday. The Holcomb fire and the COVID-19 pandemic led to an increase in retail meat prices, while the price paid to ranchers fell significantly. It was a topic that led to much discussion among the delegates, which… Read More →

Farm Credit Bank of Texas appoints new CFO, promotes finance VP

Brandon Blaut succeeds Amie Pala as chief financial officer of the $27.3 billion bank PUBLISHED ON January 14, 2021 AUSTIN — Farm Credit Bank of Texas has named Brandon Blaut chief financial officer of the $27.3 billion bank. He succeeds Amie Pala, who was appointed chief executive officer, effective Jan. 1. Blaut has more than 20 years of banking experience and has worked in the Farm Credit System since 2006. Most recently, he was the bank’s vice president of finance and loan operations. Prior to joining Farm Credit… Read More →

Editorial: Rural Texas prepares for Legislative Session

by Hughes Abell, president, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association PUBLISHED ON January 13, 2021 AUSTIN — As 2021 gets underway, so too will the 87th Texas Legislative Session, and this one promises to be unlike any other in recent history. The coronavirus threat will loom large, dramatically changing both the topics considered by lawmakers and the process by which they do so. Legislators will likely spend much of the 140-day session working on public health issues directly related to COVID-19, but the virus will also shape other… Read More →

Texas Farm Bureau pursues legislative priorities in Austin

TFB will focus on 11 priorities established by the TFB board of directors PUBLISHED ON January 13, 2021 WACO, Texas — Texas Farm Bureau (TFB), the state’s largest general farm and ranch organization, is pursuing several legislative priorities to benefit Texas farmers, ranchers and rural areas in the 87th Texas Legislature that began today in Austin. TFB will focus during the 140-day regular session on 11 priorities established by the TFB board of directors. “Our key issue this session is making sure property owners’ rights are protected under… Read More →

Capital Farm Credit awards grants to 4-H, FFA programs

More than $6,000 was awarded by the Association to support community outreach projects PUBLISHED ON January 12, 2021 BRYAN, Texas — In an ongoing effort to support the next generation of agriculture and rural communities, Capital Farm Credit granted funding of outreach projects to eight Texas 4-H and FFA programs. More than $6,000 was awarded by the Association to support different community outreach projects across the state. Each 4-H club or FFA chapter will use the award to support a unique project that visibly improves their community. “It… Read More →

Texas Section Society for Range Management presents awards

Recognized ranchers and range managers at their annual meeting, held virtually PUBLISHED ON January 11, 2021 SAN ANGELO, Texas — Texas Section Society for Range Management recognized ranchers and range managers at their annual meeting that was held virtually last Monday.  Outstanding Achievement was awarded to Dr. Doug Tolleson, Associate Professor, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Rangeland, Wildlife, and Fisheries Management Department, Sonora, TX.  Fellow was awarded to Dr. Bill Fox, Associate Professor, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Rangeland, Wildlife, and Fisheries Management Department, Temple, TX.  Frank Price from Sterling… Read More →

USDA provides $5M to Texas to protect ag resources

USDA provides $5M to Texas to support projects that protect agriculture and natural resources PUBLISHED ON January 7, 2021