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Texas Grain Producer Indemnity Fund referendum ahead

Texas Grain Producer Indemnity Fund referendum ahead

By Gary Joiner

Texas farmers purchase crop insurance to protect against losses in the field. It’s a critical management tool.

But there’s also risk after harvest. At the first point of sale. If a grain buyer fails to pay the farmer due to bankruptcy or theft of grain, the grower is left holding the bag.

A great solution to manage this risk is the Texas Grain Producer Indemnity Fund. The program mitigates 85 percent of the financial losses suffered by growers of corn, sorghum, soybeans and wheat when grain buyers fail to pay for grain.

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Texas farmers look at replanting options

Texas farmers look at replanting options

By Julie Tomascik

Too much. Or not enough.

It’s the never-ending challenge with moisture and agriculture.

And Mother Nature’s version of March Madness took a toll on some Texas farmers. Late winter and early spring rains were slightly unpredictable, devastating and just what the farmer ordered. Sometimes all at the same time.

But it’s the devastating part that really hurts.

Farmers across the state were in the field. Working long hours to get seeds in the ground. Praying for rain, sunshine and favorable growing conditions year-round.

Then the rains came. And came.

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Profit is not a four-letter word

Profit is not a four-letter word

This blog was originally posted on Dec. 10, 2012. 

By Mike Barnett

Your profitability as a farmer or rancher ranks low on the list of concerns of those who consume your products. I call them customers.

I’ve noted this fact in a survey or two and was reminded of it the other day when a Facebook friend posted some tidbits he had read from an article in the excellent publication Livestock Weekly.

According to the article, consumers believe the priorities for those farmers and ranchers who genuinely try to make a living from agriculture should, from first to last, be:

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Ag exports important to all Texans

Ag exports important to all Texans

By Mike Barnett

What’s more boring than talking about international trade?

Watching paint dry. Maybe.

But it’s a subject that should grab attention. From farmers and consumers.

Because it directly affects you. Exports add value to Texas agriculture. All Texas crops and livestock were sold for $20 billion in 2012, according to the Texas Department of Agriculture. About a third of that was exported to other nations. Over $6.5 billion worth in 2012. That’s not pocket change.

Those dollars flow into rural Texas. To support local businesses. Fund local schools. Maintain rural infrastructure.

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5 family farm facts you should know

5 family farm facts you should know

By Mike Barnett

Family farm. Two words Americans love. With good reason.

Family means many things. Loving. Caring. Nurturing.

All apply to the family farmers I know. Too bad there are many misconceptions about what family farms are and aren’t.

Could be many of us are far removed from farm life. Some think of family farms as idyllic—a small place where the sun always shines, with chickens and cows, a patch of corn and a vegetable garden.

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