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Agriculture

Bulls feed on a fattener feed that includes corn. (credit: Brandi Simons/Getty Images)

Texas Now Trails Nebraska In Cattle Feeding

Federal statistics say that Nebraska has now surpassed Texas in the number of cattle on feed in the state. Recent drought conditions in Texas have been blamed for the drop.

02/25/2014

Rain falls on drought-damaged corn on July 17, 2012 near Somerville, Indiana. The corn and soybean belt in the middle of the nation is experiencing one of the worst droughts in more than five decades. Indiana was the nation's fourth largest corn producer in 2011. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Report Shows More Farms In Texas

A new federal report shows that while the number of farms in Texas grew slightly over the last five years, the number of acres under production saw a minor drop.

02/20/2014

The dry banks of a river are pictured on July 14, 2010. (credit: ROBERT MICHAEL/AFP/Getty Images)

Impacts Of Historic Drought Linger In Texas

Almost three years have passed since the rains returned and Texas emerged from a historic drought. Yet there still isn’t enough water.

02/13/2014

I have a thing for trees...especially at sunset. (Photo's by Tasha Stevens, CBSDFW.com All rights reserved)

New Program Shows How Trees Help Keep Texas Homes Cool

A new online tool developed at Texas A&M could help Texas homeowners save money and energy based on where they plant trees.

09/24/2013

A ranch hand drives cattle. (credit: John Moore/Getty Images)

Texas Ag Commissioner: Cattle Rustling Crimes On The Rise

Today’s Texas rancher not only faces the challenges of a lingering drought but must still battle the age-old problem of cattle rustling — a problem that has plagued the industry for more than a century.

CBSDFW.COM–05/14/2013

A cotton boll waits to be harvested on October 19, 2003 near Clarksdale, Mississippi. (credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Texas Cotton Plantings Expected To Drop

State officials said that cotton plantings this year may drop by as much as 25 percent. A survey revealed that Texas farmers intend to plant about 4.9 million acres this year.

03/04/2013

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The Local Food Myth: Why Locavores May Be Getting It Wrong

Hitching health and greener planet hopes to the local food movement? You may want to reconsider.

02/20/2013

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North Texas Trees Leveled For New Home Development

They were like old friends cut down in the prime of life. Dozens of trees, some more than 30 years old, were torn down in Plano on Friday, to make way for a luxury home development. Residents knew the day was coming, but many still weren’t prepared.

CBS 11–08/20/2012

A severe drought has caused a number of dry-land (non-irrigated) crops in Texas to fail. (credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Texas Agriculture Is Aging

Farming and ranching is attracting fewer young people. The most recent data shows that farm operators over the age of 65 outnumber those under the age of 35 by a 6-to-1 ratio.

06/04/2012

A severe drought has caused a number of dry-land (non-irrigated) crops in Texas to fail. (credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

West Texas Needs Soaking Rains Soon

As West Texas cotton producers await planting next month, they’re hoping for a weather forecast that calls for above-normal rainfall.

04/26/2012

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Research Finds Fire Ants Harming Prairie Chickens

Fire ants have damaged agriculture, soil and wildlife in the southeastern United States, costing the Texas economy about $1.2 billion annually.

04/06/2012

Agriculture plots at Moss Haven Elementary School. (credit: CBSDFW.COM)

Dallas Students Prepare To Farm School Agriculture Plots

Moss Haven Elementary School in Dallas is celebrating its history by unveiling a series of sub-irrigation systems that will form a new educational program about agriculture and the environment.

03/23/2012

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