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Special offers for TFB members

Texas Farm Bureau members may take advantage of two special offers: an additional 17 percent discount from Dell and free tickets to the State Fair of Texas. 

As Company of the Week, Dell is offering special pricing for members of the Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) for one week only, Sept. 19-26, 2014.  TFB members will received a 17 percent discount, in addition to TFB member pricing, on the purchase of a wide variety of Dell personal computers and tablets.

To take advantage of the Dell offer, follow these steps:

 • Call 888-243-9964 and mention Texas Farm Bureau as the “Company of the Week”
 • Provide the member ID GS125591388
 • The telephone sales representative will apply a 17% discount and place the order

 Before you call, you may visit www.Dell.com/mpp/TXFarmBureau to shop.  This way you will be able to tell the Dell representative on the phone what you would like to purchase. 

Also, members may receive up to four tickets to the State Fair of Texas, compliments of Chevrolet. Tickets, subject to availability, will be mailed to TFB members.  Have your membership number handy and complete the online request form at http://www.texasfarmbureau.org/base.aspx?page=verify&park=chevy.

Please note that a valid member number in the name of the person requesting the tickets is required. Ticket requests are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Study shows different perspectives of sustainable agriculture

The latest BASF Farm Perspectives study found that consumers and farmers from around the globe say they care a lot about sustainability in agriculture.  However, the two groups have a very different understanding of what sustainability means.

Farmers see sustainability as a detailed, multi-dimensional issue, while consumers tend to define it mainly in the context of environmental aspects, reports Ag Professional.  The study analyzed answers from 2,100 farmers and 7,000 consumers in seven different countries regarding their perceptions on a range of topics related to food production. 

The results were compared to the 2011 study and revealed how attitudes regarding agriculture differ greatly, not only between farmers and consumers, but also from country to country.

“These results help us to better understand the different perceptions regarding sustainable agriculture,” said Dr. Kristina Winzen, vice president of Global Communications and Public Government Affairs for BASF’s Crop Protection division. “Growers and consumers do not understand sustainability in the same way and that makes it quite challenging for farmers to fulfill the requirements from society.”

Rebuilding beef herd program set for Sept. 25, Franklin

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service (AgriLife) will host a rebuilding beef herd program on Sept. 25 in Franklin at the Camp Cooley Ranch to provide tips on developing a sound restocking plan, according to AgriLife Today.

Open to cattle ranchers throughout the Brazos Valley area, Rebuilding the Beef Herd: Planning to Capture the Opportunities program will be held from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The Brazos Valley area includes the counties of Brazos, Burleson, Madison, Leon, Limestone, Freestone, Falls, Milam and Robertson.

Program speakers include Dr. Ron Gill, Jason Cleere, Larry Redmon and Stan Bevers, who will discuss cattle market outlook, forage and stocking management, replacement cow/heifer options, resource use and leased grazing considerations. 

Various agribusinesses will exhibit and door prizes will be given throughout the day.  Cost is $25 and attendees are urged to preregister as the program includes lunch and program materials.

To preregister, call 979-828-4270, or for more information visit the AgriLife Extension for Robertson County Facebook Page at http://on.fb.me/1qJGc2e.

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