Agriculture

Randy Boman / Texas A&M University

Texas produces about one quarter of the country’s cotton. So – what impact could climate change have on the multibillion dollar crop? A recent study from  Texas A&M University offers a forecast. 

Scientists expect the future to be warmer and dryer.

International Livestock Research Institute http://bit.ly/1eJNQXl

The history of the pig is indelibly intertwined with humanity's. The animal has been reviled by some cultures but embraced by others, why?

While smarter than dogs, the more enlightened animal may be the key to a sustainable protein source as populations swell. The problem in the U.S. is the national norm for raising swine has caused ecological harm to communities and harm to the animals themselves.

Guests:

Ryan E. Poppe

 

The state’s agriculture commissioner, Sid Miller, is celebrating his first six months in office by listing off a number of aggressive and somewhat controversial initiatives his office will be undertaking.  

  

 

In the annual State of Agriculture address on Wednesday, Miller said, “There’s three things we don’t tolerate at the TDA, we don’t tolerate horse thieves, cattle rustlers and cheats. We’ll come get you.”

 

 

 

Shipher Wu (photograph), Gee-way Lin (aphid provision), National Taiwan University / CC

HARLINGEN, Texas — Researchers suspect steady rains and other factors may be responsible for a drop in a tiny bug’s infestation of a grain crop so far this year.

Farmers in the Rio Grande Valley had feared the sugarcane aphid would again invade their sorghum crop following experts’ predictions they would come back in full force after an increase in population across the region last year, the Valley Morning Star reported.

The pests had swarmed the Valley’s sorghum fields, gnawing away at the plants in 2014.

The bugs also infested crops from Mississippi to southern Oklahoma while devastating Mexico’s sorghum crop, according to researchers.

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