Category Archives: Morning Ag Clips

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

USDA announces South Texas Onion Referendum results

Referendum is required every six years to determine producers’ level of support for the program PUBLISHED ON January 6, 2021 WASHINGTON — The South Texas Onion Committee will hold a public meeting to discuss results of the continuance referendum conducted Sept. 21 through Oct. 13, 2020. Referendum results show the marketing order is not favored by two-thirds of the producers voting, or by two-thirds of the representative onion volume, which is required for the program to continue. The marketing order authorizes the committee to establish grade, size, quality,… Read More →

Meeting on Big Sandy Creek Dam project set for January 14

Meeting will discuss a proposed dam rehabilitation project in Wise County, Texas PUBLISHED ON January 5, 2021 TEMPLE, Texas — The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Wise County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), Wise County Water Control and Improvement District (WCID) and Wise County Commissioners Court, Wise County, Texas, are sponsoring a public scoping meeting at 2:00 p.m. on Jan. 14, 2021, to discuss a proposed dam rehabilitation project in Wise County, Texas. Dam No. 26 provides flood protection to residents of Wise County and the adjacent… Read More →

Texas ‘wild pig wars’ leader assumes role in national task force

AgriLife Extension’s Tomeček named chair-elect of National Wild Pig Task Force PUBLISHED ON January 3, 2021 COLLEGE STATION, Texas — When it comes to “wild pig wars,” John Tomeček, Ph.D, has been leading the charge in Texas. Now he’s been tapped to take his leadership skills to the national level as the chair-elect of the National Wild Pig Task Force. Tomeček, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service wildlife specialist in the Department of Rangeland, Wildlife and Fisheries Management, Thrall, said AgriLife Extension and its predecessor agencies have been leaders in wild pig… Read More →