Agriculture http://tpr.org en AgriLife Extension Says Texas Pecan Yield Recovering From Drought http://tpr.org/post/agrilife-extension-says-texas-pecan-yield-recovering-drought <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Agriculture forecasters at Texas A&amp;M </span>AgriLife<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Extension are predicting a medium-size pecan crop for the state in 2014. Experts say this year’s production will be better than the last three, but still under capacity.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Texas A&amp;M </span>AgriLife<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Extension Service estimates farmers will produce between 50 million and 55 million pounds of pecans in 2014. </span></p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 15:16:55 +0000 Ryan Poppe 34452 at http://tpr.org AgriLife Extension Says Texas Pecan Yield Recovering From Drought Harvard Study Advances Knowledge Of Colony Collapse Disorder, Honeybee Die-Off http://tpr.org/post/harvard-study-advances-knowledge-colony-collapse-disorder-honeybee-die <p>A new study by Harvard University explains a little more about colony collapse disorder (CCD), the name given to the sudden and widespread die-off of the honeybees that our food supply depends on for pollination.<br /><br />The findings may also explain why Texas bee hives are doing better than those in other parts of the country.<br /><br />Scientists have suspected for some time that a class of pesticides known as neonicotinoids is responsible for CCD.<br /> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 16:24:01 +0000 Eileen Pace 33048 at http://tpr.org Harvard Study Advances Knowledge Of Colony Collapse Disorder, Honeybee Die-Off During A Traffic Stop, What Questions Do You Have To Answer? http://tpr.org/post/during-traffic-stop-what-questions-do-you-have-answer <p><strong>Fronteras:</strong> If you're questioned by law enforcement at a traffic stop, what are you required to answer? As demographics change across the nation and in Texas, there’s growing concern about Alzheimer’s disease among Mexican-Americans—a population that continues to age. More minors from south of the border are making the dangerous journey to the U.S. illegally and alone. We visit Joint Base San Antonio Lackland where many of those minors are being housed.</p><p></p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 19:50:41 +0000 Crystal Chavez 32980 at http://tpr.org During A Traffic Stop, What Questions Do You Have To Answer? Will This Planned West Texas Clean Coal Project Be A Game Changer? http://tpr.org/post/will-planned-west-texas-clean-coal-project-be-game-changer <p><strong>Fronteras:</strong> The Democrat facing newly-nominated Republican Dan Patrick in the Texas lieutenant governor race says Sen. Patrick’s pledge to campaign in the minority community is “insulting.” New EPA rules to cut carbon emissions are expected to be unveiled soon. The new rules are expected to spur the use of a so-called clean coal technology. There are fewer than 100 fluent speakers of Kumeyaay left in Southern California and northern Baja California, where they once dominated. Efforts are now underway to preserve the endangered language.</p><p></p> Fri, 30 May 2014 18:53:10 +0000 Crystal Chavez 32596 at http://tpr.org Will This Planned West Texas Clean Coal Project Be A Game Changer? Olive Oil Is Far From Being The Next Boom In Texas, But The Industry Is Growing http://tpr.org/post/olive-oil-far-being-next-boom-texas-industry-growing <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the last five years the number of olive trees in Texas has increased rapidly, but even with tremendous growth several farmers say it’s not enough to call it the next oil boom.</span></p> Wed, 28 May 2014 18:11:27 +0000 Ryan Poppe 32457 at http://tpr.org Olive Oil Is Far From Being The Next Boom In Texas, But The Industry Is Growing The Source: Is Texas Missing Out On Record Beef Prices? http://tpr.org/post/source-texas-missing-out-record-beef-prices <p>The drought that caused several Texas ranchers to sell off their herds in the past three years is also a culprit in the current surge in red meat prices.</p><p>According to several economists the prices are setting records. The demand for beef in Asia as well as increased feed prices -- as corn increasingly heads to ethanol refiners -- are also to blame for the current state of high prices.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:11:28 +0000 Paul Flahive 30213 at http://tpr.org The Source: Is Texas Missing Out On Record Beef Prices? The Return Of Bracken Bats Is Good News For Texas Farmers http://tpr.org/post/return-bracken-bats-good-news-texas-farmers <p>After their winter trip south, Mexican free-tailed bats are returning to the Bracken Bat Cave in Central Texas in larger numbers, which is good news for South Texas agriculture.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Millions of Mexican free-tailed bats make their summer home at the Bracken Cave just north of San Antonio, and farmers in South Texas rely on them to swarm across their farmland and eat the insects that can destroy crops.</span></p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 21:51:32 +0000 Eileen Pace 28807 at http://tpr.org The Return Of Bracken Bats Is Good News For Texas Farmers Energy Boom, Light Pollution Threaten Astronomy In West Texas http://tpr.org/post/energy-boom-light-pollution-threaten-astronomy-west-texas <p><strong>Fronteras: </strong>The energy boom in Texas and New Mexico is inadvertently compromising the jet-black night skies that astronomers need to do their research. After several decades in the doldrums, the Mexican film industry is seeing some light on the horizon. There’s been a rise of federal immigration crimes -- we speak to an expert from Pew Research about what’s driving that growth. Farmers and ranchers from across the nation are calling for action on immigration reform and the Texas Farm Bureau is asking Congress to “get ‘er done” to help farmers compete.</p><p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 18:43:53 +0000 Crystal Chavez 28678 at http://tpr.org Energy Boom, Light Pollution Threaten Astronomy In West Texas Farmers, Ranchers Calling For Immigration Reform http://tpr.org/post/farmers-ranchers-calling-immigration-reform <p>Farmers and ranchers from across the United States are calling for action on immigration reform. The Texas Farm Bureau is asking Congress to “get ‘er done” to help farmers compete.<br /><br />Texas Farm Bureau State Director Russell Boening runs a dairy farm just south of San Antonio. But this week he is in Washington, D.C., at the National Press Club talking about immigration reform.<br /><br />“Some of our labor is going to have to be imported or more of our food is going to be imported. So I hope we can get that message across to all of our leaders," he said.<br /> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 17:19:20 +0000 David Martin Davies 28541 at http://tpr.org Concern Rising In Truth Or Consequences, N.M., About Abundance Of Healing Hot Springs http://tpr.org/post/concern-rising-truth-or-consequences-nm-about-abundance-healing-hot-springs <p><strong>Fronteras:</strong> Tourists love the hot springs baths in the town of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. But just how plentiful are these waters? Medical debt affects one in four families in America and many will continue to experience financial burdens, despite increased access to health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. We look at access to healthcare and medical debt in the second of a two part series. On this Valentine’s Day, Fronteras commentator Yvette Benavides talks about her love of being bilingual.</p><p><em>&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>&nbsp;</em></p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 19:46:34 +0000 Crystal Chavez 26748 at http://tpr.org Concern Rising In Truth Or Consequences, N.M., About Abundance Of Healing Hot Springs