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Old 03-03-2021, 05:03 PM   #1
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Default Texas Agriculture Got Hit Hard.

Some of you know better than others how hard that artic blast hit our farmers and ranchers. This article breaks down the impact on our Texas agriculture.

https://texasfarmbureau.org/winter-s...-in-ag-losses/

They’re tough and resilient and most will overcome but they’ve got a long row to hoe.
Prayers and blessing for our farmers and ranchers.
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Old 03-03-2021, 05:12 PM   #2
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Been on lobbying calls all day today......4 more tomorrow. Bipartisan letter to Tom Vilsack from Congress is making its rounds also. USDA disaster designation would speed up access to assistance and loans.

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Old 03-03-2021, 06:10 PM   #3
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Old 03-03-2021, 06:31 PM   #4
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God Bless, our Farmers and Ranchers......................
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Old 03-03-2021, 06:45 PM   #5
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The damage to the citrus industry will be significantly higher than what that article is claiming. Producers are looking at little to no production this next growing season on top of the direct losses from this season. I feel for anyone who owns a citrus grove.
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Old 03-03-2021, 07:09 PM   #6
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God Bless, our Farmers and Ranchers......................
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If you are or have ever been one, or have one in your family, you might agree with me that years ago Paul Harvey said it best with his "So God made a farmer" speech. Part of it went like this:

God needed a caretaker for the land He created. He thought, "I need somebody with arms strong enough to wrestle a calf and yet gentle enough to deliver his own grandchild; somebody to call hogs, tame cantankerous machinery, come home hungry, have to await lunch until his wife's done feeding visiting ladies, then tell the ladies to be sure and come back real soon, and mean it.” So God made a farmer.

God bless our farmers and ranchers.
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Old 03-03-2021, 07:59 PM   #7
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I was driving around today and noticed how many live oaks are bare and other trees that really look dead. More dead mockingbirds - they are staving to death because there are no bugs for them to eat. I'm tempted to go to the pet store and buy all the live crickets and put them into a tub to feed the mockingbirds.
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Old 03-03-2021, 08:12 PM   #8
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We took a big hit on tillage radishes in the fields, same with lots of winter forage on the trees and brush , rye made it through both snows, radish through the 1st snow but the last storm was just to brutal
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Dumped nearly 40,000 pounds of milk and only lost 5 newborns and 1 cow in production. The calf part I feared would be far worse
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Old 03-04-2021, 07:30 AM   #10
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Dumped nearly 40,000 pounds of milk and only lost 5 newborns and 1 cow in production. The calf part I feared would be far worse
I don’t envy a dairy farmer at all. My mom grew up on a small dairy and cotton farm and it sounds like non-stop work, can never leave without someone who knows everything covering for you. Lots of respect for you guys that live that life. I know there are positives about it, but it takes a special person to do it.
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Dumped nearly 40,000 pounds of milk and only lost 5 newborns and 1 cow in production. The calf part I feared would be far worse
Yes, dairy producers took it on the chin BIG TIME as the trucks could not pick up the milk. Hopefully political jousting does not get in the way of significant assistance.

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Old 03-04-2021, 08:42 AM   #12
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Yes, dairy producers took it on the chin BIG TIME as the trucks could not pick up the milk. Hopefully political jousting does not get in the way of significant assistance.

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I’m being a bit nosey, but the lobbying calls you are on, is this part of your work with SCI?
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Old 03-04-2021, 09:35 AM   #13
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Do farmers and ranchers and such carry insurance to cover their loses?

I'm a capitalist and I don't believe in bailouts.
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Do farmers and ranchers and such carry insurance to cover their loses?

I'm a capitalist and I don't believe in bailouts.
The trucking companies and processing plants will come up and adjust “something” to compensate I’m sure. Nothing has been stated yet on our loss
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I too hate bail outs. It keeps those in that don’t need to be in... In
And keeps the market from ever balancing out.
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Old 03-04-2021, 09:53 AM   #16
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I’m being a bit nosey, but the lobbying calls you are on, is this part of your work with SCI?
No worries. These zoom calls (usually done in person in DC) are in support of Land Grant Universities.....our nationwide network of Ag Schools specifically. I am the current CARET chairman (volunteer supporter) for Land Grants across the southern region/states. It is amazing that Clemson, Ok State, North Carolina A&T, etc all have like issues with funding of core programs. Just another way to give back and support our ag producers & universities with more than words.

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Old 03-04-2021, 09:59 AM   #17
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Probably longer than that, when LCRA stopped the flow of water for rice so Austin could grow, lots of folks belly upped
Between lack of water and technology costs on seed and chemicals
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Old 03-04-2021, 10:44 AM   #18
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A 3 inch rain would be a good place to start for the climb out of this hole I fell in
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Old 03-04-2021, 10:59 AM   #19
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Probably longer than that, when LCRA stopped the flow of water for rice so Austin could grow, lots of folks belly upped
Between lack of water and technology costs on seed and chemicals
Not necessarily true. Most of the rice farmers I know that were shut off from LCRA qualified for preventative planting (insurance). They were paid on average around $600 per planted acre based off their annual planted acre history. That's $600 revenue per acre without crop or market risk. Many of them bought new equipment while they waited things out. By the way, you cant make close to $600 per acre by growing a really good crop of rice.
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Old 03-04-2021, 11:29 AM   #20
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Old 03-04-2021, 12:18 PM   #21
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Different industry but I strongly agree with this!
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