Protect your pets, plants and pipes The first cold snap is here, and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service wants to remind you to protect your pets, plants and pipes from low temperatures. Temperatures are expected to dip below freezing and into the 20s and teens overnight, through the weekend and into early next week in... Read More →
Transplant tips to establish, spur production Establishing fruit trees in Texas takes some effort, but these time-tested tips from a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert can guide the way from transplant to production. When it comes to fruit trees, Larry Stein, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension fruit specialist, Uvalde, said to plant in late December through... Read More →
Happy Friday! Here are some of the agricultural law stories in the news over the past couple of weeks.
*Solar sheep? NPR recently ran an article looking at the potential use of sheep in conjunction with solar farms. In the Northeast, there have been farmers who contract with solar farms to graze their sheep under the panels. Not all companies will consider this, but it might be an option to discuss if you are looking at signing a solar lease or have animals and are seeking grazing land. I’d certainly recommend a written contract between the sheep owner and the solar company, and I’d advise the sheep owner to pay careful attention to terms related to liability for damage to equipment and indemnification in the event such damage occurred. [Read article here.]
*Farm insurance mistakes to avoid. As you know from last week’s blog post, I’m a big proponent having adequate insurance for farms and ranches. This article from Farm Progress offered some great tips on mistakes to avoid related to insurance. The most important is likely the annual review of one’s insurance policy and coverage. We’ve adopted the annual review policy and it has allowed us to catch a couple of different issues to ensure we have adequate coverage for all of the properties under our control. [Read article here.]
*PRF (Rainfall Insurance) deadline is November 15 for 2021 sign up. Did you know you can purchase rainfall insurance? Essentially, PRF insurance allows you to insure a percentage of normal rainfall for your area, and you trigger a payment if rainfall falls below your insured percentage. This can be a great risk management tool for livestock producers who have cattle on grass. You can purchase this product through your crop insurance agent. For more info, here is a prior podcast episode you can listen to where I interviewed Dr. Jason Johnson and here is a recent blog post that Dr. Justin Benavidez wrote on PRF insurance.
*My horse is my hero. This month, I wrote about our old quarter horse, Lou, in my Our Rural Roots column in Progressive Farmer magazine. From the feedback, it seems like lots of people have fond memories of a favorite horse. [Read article here.]
I’ve got a busy calendar next week. On Tuesday, I’ll be doing a presentation for Gillespie County Extension Office on hunting leases. On Wednesday, I’ll be speaking at the District 2 Judges and Commissioner’s Conference in Lubbock. On Thursday, I’ll be covering agricultural law for this week’s session of the TAMU Master Marketer course.
For a complete list of all of my upcoming presentations, click here.
Also–remember that our Online Ranchers Leasing Workshop course is available on demand! You can register and watch anytime, at you own pace. For more info, click here.
Donate one canned good for entry on Oct. 24-25 Texas A&M University’s Agronomy Society will host its annual Aggie Corn Maze event Oct. 24-25 to benefit The 12th Can, Texas A&M’s student-run food pantry. The corn maze, located at 2605 F&B Road in College Station, will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each... Read More →
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Texas A&M AgriLife shares leading research at global EarthX conference As the world’s population increases, scientists and agriculturalists face a growing challenge to produce more, higher quality food for consumers while using fewer natural resources and taking care to appropriately manage and conserve the resources that still exist. Patrick Stover, Ph.D., vice chancellor for... Read More →
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Genetics tools to speed hybridization in the works Texas A&M AgriLife Research plant breeders are collaborating with an international, interdisciplinary group of scientists to enhance a genetics tool set that could be a game-changer for breeding new varieties of polyploid plants such as potatoes, wheat and turfgrass. David Byrne, Ph.D., AgriLife Research rose breeder and... Read More →
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Lampasas, Mills counties event to address Texas native grass seeds The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will be holding the annual Lampasas and Mills Counties Range Tour virtually this year. The Nov. 10 event will run from 10 a.m.-noon on the Zoom meeting platform and will cover an array of range topics. The event is... Read More →
Texas A&M AgriLife experts say awareness, preparedness, precautions reduce risk While the COVID-19 pandemic has kept many people at home, the fall and winter holidays traditionally are a time for friends and family to gather, and that isn’t expected to change in 2020. But Texas A&M AgriLife experts say it is important to understand the... Read More →
Farber, Kezar named to Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research 2020-2023 cohort Two students from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University were named fellows in the 2020 Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) Fellows Program. Charles Farber, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, and Sarah Kezer, Department of Soil and... Read More →
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Haying, grazing protection available Pasture, Rangeland and Forage, or PRF, insurance is a risk policy designed to provide annual protection for farmers and ranchers who rely on forage products to support their cattle operations, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. “In the face of uncertain weather conditions, insurance becomes a critical component in... Read More →
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