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Resources for cotton producers

April 18, 2018

by Shelley Huguley for Southwest Farm Press

In February of 2018 cotton made history by being reinstated into the 2014 Farm Bill. To clarify the changes and the decisions needed to be made, cotton organizations are utilizing online resources, conference calls and informational sessions to update growers.

“This is pretty unprecedented.…

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First Farm Bill Markup Expected Next Week

April 16, 2018

by Gil Gulickson for Successful Farming

If you’re wondering what the 2018 farm bill might look like, you may get a chance next week on April 18. That’s if the U.S.

House of Representatives Agriculture Committee releases its markup. However, there’s a big difference between the first markup being released and the 2018 farm bill being passed by Congress and signed by President Trump.…

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ELD waiver for ag transport

March 28, 2018

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced additional steps to address the unique needs of the country’s agriculture industries and provided further guidance to assist in the effective implementation of the Congressionally-mandated electronic logging device (ELD) rule without impeding commerce or safety.

The Agency is announcing an additional 90-day temporary waiver from the ELD rule for agriculture related transportation.…

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Latest news from the Ag industry

March 28, 2018

Trump Announces New Tariffs on Chinese Goods—On March 22, President Trump announced that the Office of the United States Trade Representative had concluded its investigation into China’s practices regarding the transfers of intellectual property and technology. Under the rarely invoked Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974, the federal government has the authority to take action against practices by foreign governments that violate international trade agreements or burden American commerce.…

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Honoring Agriculture

March 28, 2018

“Burn down your cities and leave our farms, and your cities will spring up again as if by magic; but destroy our farms and the grass will grow in the streets of every city in the country.” William Jennings Bryan

Recognizing that agriculture is our bread and butter, literally, in Terry County, the Brownfield Chamber of Commerce is hosting a breakfast honoring our Terry County producers.…

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Insurance premium and subsidies

March 26, 2018

Cost of Federal Crop Insurance is an on-going farm policy issue. President Trump proposed several changes to reduce its cost in his Fiscal Year 2019 budget. The changes include reducing the all insurance program subsidy from the 62% rate of recent years to 48%.

A long standing goal of crop insurance is to insure a large share of acres to reduce demand for ad hoc disaster assistance.…

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Emergency farm loan applications being accepted

March 21, 2018

Applications for emergency farm loans for losses by drought are being accepted at the Farm Service Agency office.

Terry County is one of 60 primary counties in Texas recently named by Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue eligible for loans to cover part of actual production and/or physical losses resulting from drought occurring November 14, 2017 and continuing.…

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Does an Early Fungicide Application Pay in Wheat?

March 19, 2018

by Dr. Clark Neely, Statewide Small Grains Extension Specialist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

Dr. Tom Isakeit, Extension Field Crops Pathologist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

Rust levels appear to be low at this time for most of the wheat acres in the state. However, I still receive questions on whether a topdress or pre-flag leaf application of fungicide is a good idea.…

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National Groundwater Awareness Week March 11-17, 2018

March 14, 2018

South Plains Underground Water Conservation District (SPUWCD) joins the National Groundwater Awareness Week (#GWAW2018), an annual observance established to highlight the responsible development, management, and use of water. Established in 1999, National Groundwater Awareness Week provides an opportunity for people to learn about the importance of groundwater and how the resource impacts lives.…

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Dry conditions continue to hamper wheat progress

March 13, 2018

by Kay Ledbetter, Texas AgriLife Extension

As wheat comes out of dormancy across much of the state, the crop is suffering and expected to see reduced yields, even if some timely rains do fall, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts.

“If you average out the state, wheat is not great,” said Dr.…

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