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Youth Leadership Conference sign-up deadline is May 1

The deadline for high school juniors and seniors to sign up to attend the annual Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) Youth Leadership Conference (YLC) is May 1.

YLC will be held June 15-19 at Tarleton State University in Stephenville.

Attendees will gain a better understanding of the various forms of government and their responsibilities as citizens. Comparisons of the different kinds of economic systems are outlined.

Students are selected by county Farm Bureaus. Transportation, rooms, meals and a small tuition fee are financed by the sponsoring county Farm Bureaus. YLC attendance is the first step for students to participate in the Free Enterprise Speech Contest, in which scholarships are awarded.

For more information, contact your local county Farm Bureau or visit the TFB website.

Global 2015 beef exports projected to set record

Global 2015 beef exports will reach a record 10.2 million tons, according to the latest Livestock and Poultry World Markets and Trade report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

According to Drovers Cattle Network, the global beef exports estimate is up 3 percent from the last report issued in October 2014.  U.S. beef production is up 2 percent from the October report to 11.1 million tons. This is primarily based on heavier cattle weights. U.S. beef exports are revised 5 percent lower to 1.1 million tons due to a stronger dollar.

In breaking out exports by country, the report shows India increasing its lead over Brazil as the world’s largest exporter of beef. Much of India’s beef production and exports come from Buffalo, rather than cattle. Australia is the third largest beef exporter, followed by the United States.

Click here for USDA’s full world markets and trade report.

AgriLife fields more Quail Appreciation Days in May and June

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service (AgriLife) will conduct a third set of Quail Appreciation Days across Texas this spring for landowners, naturalists and others interested in actively stopping the decline of wild native quail through proper quail management, according to AgriLife Today.

“These quail appreciation days are each a one-day workshop covering a wide array of topics related to quail management,” said Becky Ruzicka, AgriLife Extension wildlife associate.

All the workshops share similar agendas, though each will be tailored to fit the area for each of the particular appreciation day. Workshops begin with registration at 8:30 a.m. and conclude by 4:30 p.m.

Individual preregistration is $10 and is due one week prior to the workshop and $20 thereafter and at the door. Two Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units will be offered at each workshop.

Dates and the counties conducting the workshops include:

– May 1, Jones/Haskell counties
– May 21, Roberts County
– May 28, Garza County
– June 2, Knox County
– June 3, Wichita County

Click here for more information on quail management. Specifics for the workshops are available through the AgriLife Extension offices in the respective hosting counties.


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