Cotton, dairy fix in included in budget

February 12, 2018

By Jessica Domel, Texas Farm Bureau

Just before 5 a.m. Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a landmark multi-billion dollar budget deal that includes much-needed assistance for American cotton growers and dairy farmers.

“The Bipartisan Budget Act not only helps our government move forward, but ensures defense funding, which is essential, and incorporates long overdue disaster relief in hurricane-affected areas, among other necessary provisions,” Johnie Reed, president of Plains Cotton Growers, said.…

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EPA delays Obama’s WOTUS rule until 2020 while it writes its own version

February 5, 2018

by Chuck Abbott for Successful Farming

President Trump set out to erase the Obama-era Waters of the United States rule in his first weeks in office. Now the EPA has finalized an action that should keep the clean water rule from ever taking effect. Administrator Scott Pruitt has officially set the effective date of the so-called WOTUS rule for early 2020, long after the administration expects its replacement version to be in place.…

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Young Farmers meet, hear legislative updates

January 11, 2018

The West Texas Young Farmers met on Monday and heard updates on the changes in the crop insurance program, as well as hearing the latest updates on Farm Bill 2018 progress.

Seth Souder of Lance Insurance gave the insurance update. Changes in crop insurance this year have to do with the planting of “wildcat” cotton.…

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Ag groups see trade, Farm Bill among top challenges in 2018

January 11, 2018

International trade, a new farm bill, infrastructure and immigration are shaping up to be the big challenges facing U.S. agriculture in 2018. That’s according to an informal survey of the major farm organizations and several commodity groups that have been busy lobbying on these issues for months. Here’s how the different organizations are looking at the big issues in the new year.…

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Is 2017 looking like a bumper year for pecans?

January 2, 2018

by Logan Hawkes

Late summer is generally when pecan growers are sizing up their current crop, checking trees for nut load, overall development, and pest and disease pressures as they monitor markets for early signs of demand and nut prices.

Behind Georgia, New Mexico and Texas are the No. 2 and No.…

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Climate change will reduce wind power: Footprint of wind power across U.S. expected to decline

December 27, 2017

A new study from the University of Colorado shows carbon emissions could reduce how much wind is available for making electricity, with the strongest impact in the central United States.

The study’s lead author, Kris Karnauskas, assistant professor of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the University of Colorado, cites the rapidly warming Arctic for a decrease in wind power.…

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Dicamba training requirement

December 26, 2017

Just a reminder to producers planning to use dicamba in the next year: New regulations for use require a mandatory training for every person who will be applying dicamba to any crop.

Texas Department of Ag has approved the auxin-specific herbicide training for applicators that will be provided through Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and Allied Industry.…

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FB leaders at meeting

December 26, 2017

Local leaders discuss, pass policy at annual meeting

Terry County was represented at the meeting of the state’s largest farm organization in December. Delegates from Terry County Farm Bureau traveled to Frisco where they helped shape the future of Texas Farm Bureau (TFB).

“Texas Farm Bureau is a grassroots organization. Every county matters, and the needs of the entire state are considered by the voting body as a whole,” Mark Wilkes, Terry County Farm Bureau president, said.…

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SPUWCD Offers Valuable Program

December 19, 2017

Landowners in the Southern High Plains of Texas who use groundwater from the Ogallala Aquifer for irrigation farming may claim a cost in water depletion allowance on their federal income tax return.  The District has offered this service since 1999.   In order to participate, the District must follow the strict guidelines of the Internal Revenue Service.…

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Terry County FSA news

December 13, 2017

Terry County FSA Office

Office Notes & Dates to Remember:

December 20, 2017- last day to request peanut loans for guarantee payment before January 1, 2017.

January 15, 2018- Deadline to report Fall planted Small Grains ( Wheat, Barley, Rye), Grapes.

March 15, 2018- Deadline to report pecans

March 15, 2018- Deadline to purchase NAP of Fruits and Vegetables & Hay grazer.…

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