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USDA unveils Women in Agriculture Mentoring Network

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) launched the Women in Agriculture Mentoring Network, according to AgriMarketing.

“To be a woman in agriculture is to face a unique set of challenges. And because I know all too well the trials that women can face as they look to take on leadership roles, I made it a goal as USDA's Deputy Secretary to start a community for women leaders in agriculture,” said USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden.

The Women in Agriculture Mentoring Network is a newly established network designed to support and engage women across all areas of agriculture and to foster professional partnerships between women with shared backgrounds, interests and professional goals.

An email address, agwomenlead@usda.gov, has been created to share suggestions, stories and other snippets on how to build a new generation of women leaders in agriculture.  Send an email to be automatically added to the Women in Agriculture Mentoring Network.


Good cattle prices expected for 2015

LSU AgCenter beef cattle economist Ross Pruitt gives cattle producers a thumbs-up, saying “cattle prices should remain strong for 2015, after a brief dip during the past two months,” reports Drovers CattleNetwork.

“Auction barn prices have been down, but they’ve rebounded over the past couple of weeks,” said Pruitt.

He said current price forecasts show up to a $2 per pound increase for 500-pound cattle this year, although seasonal price variations could be more of a factor this year than in the past few years when prices did not make the usual decline in the third quarter.

Pruitt said the high beef prices have been driven by a large sell-off in recent years because of drought and lack of profitability. Improved pasture conditions last year allowed producers the ability to expand their herds which further fueled the rise in prices.

Strawberry Field Day set for March 5, Weslaco

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service (AgriLife) will host a Strawberry Field Day–beginning with strawberry research and following with a field tour–on March 5 in Weslaco, according AgriLife Today.
The field day begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 11:30 a.m. It is free and open to the public, and of special interest to home gardeners, farmers market growers and commercial growers, according to Dr. Juan Anciso, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service fruit and vegetable specialist.

Anciso has been growing strawberries as part of a grant from the National Strawberry Sustainability Initiative and is part of the Texas Strawberry Project Team, whose goal is to make strawberries a mainstream Texas-produced delicacy.

For more information, contact Anciso at 956-968-5581.

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