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June 12, 2017

The Terry County FSA Service Center is working diligently to better serve producers. We need customers to come in before the last day rush. Please call for an appointment so we can prepare for your visit for items such as:
1) Report spring crops before July 15 deadline.
2) Enrolling your farm in the ARC/PLC farm program before August 1
3) Complete enrollment by providing us current leases and owner signatures
4) Provide 2017 adjusted gross income forms for all producers requesting USDA FSA program benefits
5) Report completion of any CRP mid-management practices.…

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Thrips on rise

June 12, 2017

By Suhas Vyavhare, Texas AgriLife Extension

Cotton ranges from seed just placed in soil to four true leaf stage in South Plains region. In most areas thrips pressure remains low, however, we are seeing some hotspots in counties north of Lubbock where thrips numbers are well beyond economically damaging levels.

As the wheat is drying down and becoming an unfavorable host for thrips, adults are taking flight on breezes and winds to young cotton plants.…

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Texas guar production for 2017

June 12, 2017

by Calvin Trostle, Texas AgriLife Agronomist

Guar production in Texas has fluctuated from only a few thousand acres to over 100,000 acres in recent years.  Currently world guar gum prices are quite low due to the downturn in crude oil prices which has led to a major reduction in oilfield drilling/fracking of new wells or reduced renovation/fracking of existing wells.  When guar prices have been in their historical price range (e.g., gum at $2-3/lb), the value of guar imports through the Port of Houston has exceeded $1 billion annually (USDA Agricultural Marketing Service, 2011).…

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Farm family fights peanut allergy

June 12, 2017

Traci Seaton Ferguson grew up in Terry County. She has been around farming her entire life. Then she married Anthony Ferguson, a farmer. The farming family life was passed down to another generation. Anthony and Traci mostly grew cotton and peanuts until a few years back when grapes entered their lives in a big way.…

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BPI and ABC News Go to Court Over ‘Pink Slime’

June 5, 2017

Jury selection starts this week for a lawsuit filed by Dakota Dunes-based Beef Products Inc. in 2012 against ABC News and correspondent Jim Avila over “pink slime.” BPI is seeking $1 billion in defamation charges, claiming that ABC made its product — beef that has had the fat removed and then ammonia gas added to kill bacteria — seem unsafe to consume.…

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Equipment Sales Show Optimism Tied to Policy Promises

May 31, 2017

Weak commodity prices continue to hurt farms and hamper growth in rural economies, but new industry reports show some signs of improvement in agriculture, fueled by discussions over federal tax and regulatory reform, and increasing sales as farmers replace aging equipment.

Policy experts are hopeful the momentum will continue, especially if Congress makes sound decisions regarding farm policy, which provides a foundation for the rural economy.…

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When Farmers succeed, America succeeds

May 22, 2017

An opinion piece by US Representative Kevin Brady

With increasing competition around the world and an increasingly burdensome tax and regulatory environment in the United States, America’s farmers and ranchers need pro-growth policies that will help them compete and win across the globe – but especially here at home. Working with President Trump, that’s exactly the kind of agenda we’re moving forward in the House Ways and Means Committee.…

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Perdue Unveils Plan to Reorganize USDA

May 15, 2017

By Chuck Abbott

Two weeks into the job, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue proposed today the first reorganization of USDA since 1994, a rapid start to President Trump’s instructions to the cabinet to increase federal efficiency. The Perdue package creates a new position, undersecretary for trade; this abolishes the undersecretary for rural development so Perdue would directly oversee economic development programs and puts one undersecretary in charge of farm subsidies and land stewardship, responsibilities now split between two undersecretaries.…

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Latest rains bring more smiles

May 15, 2017

“He will also send you rain for the seed you place in the ground. And the food which comes from your land will be plentiful. In that day, your cattle will graze in lush meadows.” Isaiah 30:23

He has indeed sent rain for our seed this year. It is not that we have seen so much rain.…

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Herbicide drift and yield loss

May 8, 2017

Cotton injury from herbicide drift and potential yield loss has been a hot topic recently, both among producers and in the popular press.  It is important

to note that this is a complex issue and a definite answer to “How much yield will I lose?” is difficult if not impossible to accurately predict.…

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