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South Texas Farm and Ranch Show set for Oct. 22-23, Victoria

The South Texas Farm and Ranch Show will run Oct. 22-23 in Victoria.  The show will celebrate its 30th anniversary and will be host to many exhibits, about 25 speakers focusing on local agricultural issues and will offer 12 pesticide continuing education units.

According to AgriLife Today, admission to the show’s exhibits will be free, but a fee of $20—which includes a lunch ticket—will be charged to attend the educational programs each day. Proceeds will go to fund future shows and scholarships for local and area high school students who are pursuing agriculture-related degrees.

More than 125 exhibitors, about $3 million in farm and ranch machinery and the latest information and technology will be on display at the show.  For a complete list of exhibitors, visit the show’s website at www.southtexasfarmandranchshow.com.

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Services (AgriLife) will help host education programs, which include management and promotion of livestock and wildlife health, habitat and diversity; cattle genetics; beef nutrition; beef promotions; calving problems; crops management; Texas Department of Agriculture license recertification on pesticides application; and sessions on horticulture and gardening.

For more information on the education programs, call the AgriLife office in Victoria at 361-575-4581.

2014-crop sugar loan rates posted

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) recently announced loan rates for the 2014 sugar crop and 2015 domestic sugar program provisions.

According to a USDA release, Texas’ 2014-crop (FY 2015) rate in cents per pound of cane sugar, raw value is 18.49. The 2014-crop national average loan rate is 18.75 cents per pound for raw cane sugar and 24.09 cents per pound for refined beet sugar, the same as last year. These national loan rates are adjusted regionally to reflect marketing cost differentials.

Sugar and in-process sugar loans are available Oct. 1 for the 2014 crop.

The CCC has not modified the fiscal year 2015 raw sugar loan schedule of premiums and discounts because the raw cane sugar loan rate has not changed. These schedules can be found in the Farm Service Agency (FSA) handbook 10-SU, available at http://go.usa.gov/dTZ9, or at a local FSA office.


AFBF offers educational videos on ag tech data-analysis

The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) has released four concise educational videos to help farmers and ranchers understand the rewards and risks of data-analysis technologies.   

“Modern data technology offers great benefits for America’s farmers and ranchers, but these new advantages don’t come without some risks,” AFBF President Bob Stallman said in an AFBF release.    

From collecting weather data to analyzing nutrient applications and seed varieties, agricultural technology providers collect data that helps farmers increase efficiency and yield higher profits. But many questions remain unanswered regarding who owns and controls this information once it is collected. AFBF is helping farmers get answers to these questions and secure their business data.   

“Farmers must understand the issues being raised now, before they sign an agreement with an ag tech provider,” Mary Kay Thatcher, senior director of Congressional Relations for AFBF, said. Ownership of data is often misunderstood, but this educational tool is an important introduction for farmers and ranchers considering signing on with ag tech providers.   

The videos are available at: http://bit.ly/1sl1G88.

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