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USDA issues ‘Made in Rural America’ report

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released a new state-by-state “Made in Rural America” report.

A fact sheet on each state highlights specific USDA investments in rural businesses, manufacturing, energy, water and other infrastructure development.  Also outlined is how the USDA is helping rural communities attract businesses and families by investing in housing and broadband, according to a USDA news release.

For more information and the report for Texas, click here.

Drought-tolerant cotton improves economic solidity

The development of a more drought-tolerant cotton varieties is good for the world’s biggest cotton patch’s economic stability, reports Southwest Farm Press.

“The 2011 drought drove home how important cotton is to the economic stability of this area,” said Craig Bednarz, manager of the Bayer CropScience West Texas Breeding Program near Idalou.

He said drought-tolerant breeding efforts will focus on the Texas High Plains and Rolling Plains, including Southwest Oklahoma, “where the drought work is needed.” The Idalou facility has added a breeding position that will focus on the drought with native sources.

“Yield stability will be an important target and developing varieties that perform better under drought conditions will help reach that goal,” Bednarz said.


TFB resolutions by county Farm Bureaus due Oct. 24

Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) is a grassroots organization and its policies originate at the county level.  The policy development process provides TFB members a voice in determining the policies that guide the organization.

The deadline for county Farm Bureaus to submit policy resolutions to the state organization is Friday, Oct. 24.

For more information, contact the TFB Research, Education and Policy Development department at 254-751-2242.

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