Farm and Ranch

Senate coronavirus legislation helps Texas farmers, ranchers


“Texas Farm Bureau applauds today’s efforts by the U.S. Senate,” said Texas Farm Bureau President Russell Boeing following yesterday’s passage of the “Phase Three” CoronaVirus legislation. “The ‘Phase Three’ legislation provides important relief to a wide range of Texans and businesses, including Texas farm and ranch families. “The legislation provides emergency funding for U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to […]

USDA stands up new team to better serve beginning farmers and ranchers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is standing up a new team of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) staff that will lead a departmentwide effort focused on serving beginning farmers and ranchers. “More than a quarter of producers are beginning farmers,” said USDA Deputy Secretary Stephen Censky. “We need to support the next generation of agricultural producers who we will […]


I know all of us are, in some way, effected by what’s going on in this world. I urge everyone to pray for our leaders. Pray for our mayor, our Governor, our Senators, our President, our nation, our world. Please pray for those out of work and those who are working hard to keep things running as smoothly as possible. […]

Butch and Chope

On the Edge of Common Sense

Butch has a theory about hardcore born-to-rope ropers; as soon as they build a loop and take one swing, it kicks their brain out of gear. To demonstrate how this theory works he told me about a friend of his. We’ll call him ‘Chope’, for short. Butch was runnin’ a ranch in the wilds of New Mexico east of Las […]

Tomatoes in the garden

Plant Q & A

Q. My son visited us last year and tried growing tomatoes in our yard. Even though he added manure, mulch, and good potting soil, the tomato production was marginal. The expert at the local nursery said that the ground was not right for tomato production without added nutrients. I am planning a raised bed for growing vegetables. Do you have […]

Senator Zaffirini delivers FFA Week proclamation to Tilden FFA

Senator Judith Zaffirini (SD21) hand delivered a senate proclamation to local students and ag advisors of Tilden FFA in honor of National FFA week. The proclamation was signed by both Senator Zaffirini and Senator Pete Flores (SD19) who have a great bipartisan relationship in the Texas Senate. The Senator spent more than an hour sharing her experiences and asking and […]

Poteet FFA participated at the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo

February 5-7 Poteet FFA participated in the San Antonio Purebred and Crossbred Gilt show. The results are as follows: Cutter Blagg – 10th Place Class 5 Cross Gilt; Julia Smith – 2nd Place Class 17 Cross Gilt; Arianna Hernandez – 6th Place Class 17 Cross Gilt; Julia Smith – 3rd Place Class 46 Spot Gilt; and Arianna Hernandez – 6th […]

Equal opportunity cowboy

On the Edge of Common Sense

Betty Lynne is a cowboy. If you don’t believe it ask her husband to show you the snapshot of her bruise. Last summer they had a cow killed by lightening on their ranch. They figgered they’d better bring in the orphaned calf. The afternoon of the rescue, Betty Lynne saddled ol’ Frosty, a reliable ex-Appaloosa race horse. That allowed Sean, […]

Attention Texas State Park visitors

Texas State Parks Visitors, We appreciate your loyalty and trust. With the uncertain and evolving health situation in the U.S., our highest priority is the health and well-being of our visitors, volunteers and employees. Texas State Parks are open, and our staff is ready to welcome you for the day or for overnight stays. Outdoor spaces are well suited to […]

USDA to open signup March 16 for Conservation Reserve Program Grasslands

Farmers and ranchers may apply to enroll grasslands in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Grasslands signup beginning March 16. The signup runs through May 15. “Through this CRP Grasslands signup, farmers and ranchers can protect grasslands, rangelands and pastures, while maintaining the land as working grazing lands,” said Gary Six, State Executive Director, Farm Service Agency- Texas. “The program emphasizes […]

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