Copperheads striking out for water
It is a common myth that southern copperhead snakes travel in pairs.
Local resident Jerry Cass isn’t so sure about that particular fiction anymore.
At the end of a busy day in early July, Jerry and Kyle were looking for the rancher’s lost cell phone. While Kyle called the phone, Jerry listened and scanned the ground in his pasture for any signs of light. Full Story
Closing date for at risk plants is Sept. 1
Purchasing insurance is easy way to practice risk management
COLLEGE STATION—USDA Texas Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Juan M. Garcia, urges producers who want to purchase coverage through the Noninsurable Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) to do so before the sales closing date of Sept. 1. Full Story
Agricultural exemption not affected by drought
Farmers and ranchers will not lose their agricultural valuation due to the drought. Patricia J. Moraw, Milam County Appraisal District Chief Appraiser, said the district will not remove ag valuation from any propert y owners who already have that designation. Full Story
State officials urging extra rabies precautions
The Texas Department of State Health Services is urging precautions to reduce the risk of contracting rabies. There has been a higher than usual number of animal rabies cases in Texas this year, particularly in Central Texas and the North Texas region. Protect yourself by avoiding wild animals and animals acting strangely, and by vaccinating your family pets. Full Story
Local angus breeder recognized in 2011 fall sire report
Fluharty Farms LLC, located near Gause, owns one bull listed in the 2011 Fall Sire Evaluation Report published by the American Angus Association® in Saint Joseph, Mo. Issued in both the spring and fall, the new report features the latest performance information available on 5,921 sires, and is currently accessible at www.angussiresearch.com. Full Story
USDA seek s comments on improved disease traceability of U. S. livestock
Ability to track diseased animals is critical
The U. S. Depar tment of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Ser v ice (APHIS) issued a proposed rule on August 11 to establish general regulations for improving the traceability of U. S. livestock moving interstate if an animal disease event takes place. Full Story
AG AND OUTDOORS BRIEFS
Renew brands, but not before August 31st
The Milam County Clerk’s Office will begin the process of renewals of brands, in accordance with the state Agriculture Code, according to Jodi Morgan, deputy county clerk. Full Story
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