Farm and Ranch News

Harlan places second at State FFA LDE performance

Slaton High School senior Wyatt Harlan placed second at the Texas FFA State Job Interview Leadership Development Event Contest last weekend in Huntsville. Harlan competed against more than 600 FFA members across the state. “He represented us at an incredibly high level, and out of over 600 FFA members across the state of Texas competing…

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FFA students earn trip to Area

Slaton Future Farmers of America students have advanced to the area round of the UIL Area I Leadership Development Event this weekend after teams won first place in various categories at the District contest. Senior Wyatt Harlan, along with sophomores  Rachyl Kitten, Kyle Murphy and Tara Musser claimed first place in ag advocacy to reach…

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Market shows more of the same as Hurricane Florence looms

For the past three weeks, December cotton futures have traded within the range of 80.60 to 84.25 cents per pound, and this week was no different. Trading volumes were heavier Tuesday and Friday, but failed to set a new direction. After falling to the bottom of the recent trading range on both Tuesday and Friday…

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Texas Plains growers begin to prepare for harvest; PCG officers visit DC

By Mary Jane Buerkle, Plains Cotton Growers, Inc It won’t be long now before cotton harvesters are running on the Texas High Plains, and although the first bale hasn’t yet been harvested, that is expected to come within the next few weeks. Overall, it’s certainly still safe to use the word “mixed” to describe the…

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Bayer closes Monsanto acquisition

Bayer successfully completed the acquisition of Monsanto on Thursday (June 7). Shares in the U.S. company will no longer be traded on the New York Stock Exchange, with Bayer now the sole owner of Monsanto Company. Monsanto shareholders are being paid 128 U.S. dollars per share. J.P. Morgan assisted Bayer with processing the purchase price payment for the largest acquisition…

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Online certificate program will teach latest in beef production, industry practices

by Blair Fannin, b-fannin@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Applications for the inaugural Texas A&M University International Beef Academy are being accepted. The academy, available exclusively online, will begin in September and continue through July 2019. “The International Beef Academy will offer an exclusive, customized and advanced learning experience tailored to the educational and professional needs of each participant,” said…

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Recent rains help planting conditions, but drought persists in some areas

Writer: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, adam.russell@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Gaylon Morgan,  gdmorgan@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Recent rainfall has set up much of the state for spring crop planting, but other areas continue to experience drought, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Cotton planting in irrigated fields began more than a week ago in the Rio…

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TWDB presents the ’12 Days of Water’

From the Texas Water Development Board   Water is a year-round priority for the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB), as it is for many Texans. But we understand that there can be many competing priorities during the holiday season. That’s why we’ve outlined 12 simple ways to keep water top of mind—and to make it…

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Mobile Farmers Pantry headed for Slaton Saturday

Juicy Lucy’s Mobile Farmers Pantry will be parked in front of Multiplicity Art Gallery on the west side of the square Saturday (Dec. 2) beginning at 4 p.m. Products available will include spaghetti squash, acorn squash, butternut squash, salad greens, garlic, farm-raised pork, duck and quail eggs, jams, hot sauce and maple syrup. The truck makes…

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