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Thursday, March 9th, 2017

Should ‘made in Texas’ mean 100 percent Texas grapes? Texas grape growers split on Jason Isaac’s wine bill

A bill in the state Legislature would require that Texas-labeled wines be made from 100 percent Texas-grown grapes, rather than 75 percent under current law.

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

Trump water directive cheered by ranchers, blasted by environmentalists

State leaders and agriculture groups applauded an executive order issued by President Trump on Tuesday that suggests the controversial "Waters of the U.S." rule finalized under President Obama could be reversed.

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

Texas farmers skeptical about trade future with Cuba

They are not particularly optimistic that Congress will lift the trade embargo

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Ongoing drought pushes beef prices to record levels

As Texas enters its fourth year of record-setting drought, ranchers, along with economic and agriculture experts, are concerned about increasing food prices

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

LCRA approves plan that could cut water for rice farmers

After a contentious meeting over its latest drought management plan, which is almost sure to cut off water for coastal rice farmers in the lower Colorado River Basin for the third year in a row, the Lower...

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

USDA: Border cattle inspection sites will remain closed

Federal officials said this week they have no plans to reopen a cattle inspection site across the border from Presidio, citing continuing safety concerns in the Mexican town of Ojinaga, Chihuahua.

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

Video: Aquaponics matures into movement

A visitor could get lost in Rob Nash’s greenhouse. Swiss chard and tomato plants create a maze. The smell of basil is overwhelming, and the leaves are as big as a human hand.

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

Audio: Drought eases in Texas but state still feeling others’ pain

In a twist of fate for Texas, where dry conditions wreaked havoc last year, much of the state has pulled out of the drought just as the rest of the country has entered into it. But that...

Sunday, July 15th, 2012

Video: Dunbar Gardens brings residents closer to their food

Sustainable San Marcos volunteer AUSTIN VAN ZANT talks about the Dunbar Garden projects which allows residents to claim a plot of land to grow their own produce.

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Audio: Amid cattle deaths in Central Texas, an agricultural mystery

The sudden death of 15 cows on a Central Texas pasture in May was more than a tragedy for the rancher. It marked the beginning of a search for answers that has pointed directly to the grass...

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