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Average Precipitation Has Been Increasing Across The State

Average annual precipitation has been steadily increasing across the state, from the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex to the Texas Hill Country. An increase in rainfall can be a temporary blessing for any rancher, but what if you could stretch the blessing to seasons of drought, too? Take advantage of rising precipitation levels by harvesting rainwater! 

Why Should I Collect Rainwater?

According to NOAA, most Texas regions have experienced a .50 - 1.0-inch increase in average annual rainfall. Victor Murphy, the climate service program manager for the National Weather Service’s southern regional headquarters in Fort Worth, explains that the “new normal” of Texas weather could create a…

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With its beautiful ranch properties, rolling hills and hardy pine forests, Texas is an ideal place to buy land.

But finding the perfect property is just the beginning of the land buying process. In order to know how to buy land in Texas, there are a number of state-specific trends and regulations to understand.

Here are the answers to some common questions Texas land buyers ask:

What does rural land in Texas typically cost?

It's wise to keep in mind that land values can vary vastly depending on features of the specific property you're considering, such as location, access, special amenities and natural features. However, the Real Estate Center of Texas A&M University has a website dedicated to data on purchasing rural land in Texas,…

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When it comes to hunting, the ethics debate rages hot and heavy – and will likely continue ad infinitum. The fact is, hunting is a major sport all over the world, and in many cases, the industry contributes massively to the economy of a large number of third-world countries.

For example, hunting tourism is big business across the African continent. It brings in plenty of people from across the globe who are looking to take down one of the Big Five. The money they bring with them goes to the country’s GDP and to the conservation parks that organize the hunts. In addition, that money and the act of hunting helps the conservation parks to control the number of animals they have.

If you would like to get into hunting we can assist by taking a look…

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) has already caused significant disruptions to global travel, business, and people's consumption habits. But what does this mean for the U.S. agricultural sector, and especially farmers in Texas?

With a lot of stress around the world about the outbreak, is there any reason that those in the agriculture business should worry?

First, let’s cover some basic information about the virus and then we can explore how it may affect US agriculture in the coming months.

Information About Coronavirus:

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Where did the Coronavirus Start?

The Coronavirus outbreak started in the Hubei province of China.

According to the Center for Disease Control, it started in a live animal market in Wuhan City and then mutated so that it passes…

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Mineral leasing is the act or process of granting the rights to extract minerals (including gas and oil) from the owner of those rights, to a third party, usually a company.

Mineral leasing can be a daunting and complicated process but has its opportunities, specifically the significant profits for mineral rights holders for minimal risk and effort.

Read on to learn about some of the issues involved in mineral leasing Texas land or ranch properties. Our mineral leasing tips for beginners are below...

Step 1: Look at All Your Options

If a company approaches you with an offer for leasing minerals off your land, be sure and consider the fact that if one company is interested, there is a high chance that they aren’t the only ones.

Look for…

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The Numbers 

2020 is set to have the highest annual income for farms since 2013 when the market peaked at $139.1 billion. Following that year, the market crashed and this upcoming year is expected to have the first upturn in profit since. This year, it is projected that US farms will bring in a total of $96.7 billion, a 3.3% rise from last year. 

Though this gap between 2013 and now seems large, if this prediction is correct the net income would be $5.1 billion more than the average from 2000 to 2018. Steady growth in the farm industry is a very good thing at this point following 2014’s market decline.

Since Texas provides a massive proportion of United States agriculture, this is great news for Texas landowners who farm or for those who…

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In the past century, cotton acreage in the United States has fluctuated immensely. From 46 million acres set aside for cotton in 1925, to only 10.8 million acres in the mid-eighties, the amount of cotton within the United States has definitely seen its ups and downs. 

As of 2019, there were approximately 14 million acres across the country dedicated to cotton, about 6 million of these acres within Texas alone. Now though, there is a fear that in the upcoming years cotton acres will begin to plummet.

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How big of a decline will that be?

Professor John Robinson, who teaches at Texas A&M University and specializes in cotton marketing, has predicted a decline of 2 or even 3 million acres within the next year. This would bring the size of the…

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Often you will hear people argue against eating meat based on the treatment of animals and the negative environmental impacts that some companies make while producing their livestock. There has recently been a greater push for purchasing sustainably-sourced products, including beef and other meats, as opposed to vetoing meat entirely.

Here are some reasons as to why you should sustainably raise cattle as well as ways that you can do so within Texas.

What Does it Mean to be Sustainable?

From the definition as determined by natural scientists, to be sustainable means that you are living, or in this case producing, without draining the environment of its natural resources. This means taking steps to reduce waste and keep the ecological damage to…

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Texas has been kicked out of the number 1 spot on U-Haul’s annual growth report for the first time since 2015. 

Since 2015, Texas has been sitting in the no. 1 spot on U-Haul’s annual Growth State Report. They take this measurement by analyzing the amount of U-Haul trucks that leave and enter each state in the US (excluding Hawaii) each year. In the past few years, Texas has had around 50.4% of the one-way U-Haul traffic in the state result from arrivals. Now, Florida has passed that arrival percentage with 50.6% of its one-way traffic coming into the state.

 

How accurate is this measure?

 

Although Florida may have the most relative U-Haul traffic coming into the state, it was not the fastest-growing state in the country. In fact,…

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The beginning of 2020 shows a promising outlook for the U.S. housing market.

Within the span of 7 years (2012 to 2019) 5.9 million homes were built within the United States. During that same time period, over 9.8 million new households were formed within the US.

Although some of these households have been able to purchase homes from families moving out of the US or from unoccupied homes, there is still a rather significant deficit between the number of homes built and the number of people needing homes within America.

Explaining The U.S. Housing Deficit

Why is the housing deficit so large though?

As expected, the main culprit seems to be the great recession in 2008. In the years leading up to the market crash, loans were being granted to…

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