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5 Honored at 2017 Ag, Oil Appreciation Day

September 21, 2017

Five Gaines County agriculture producers were bestowed honors on Thursday in association with the 2017 Gaines County Ag/Oil Appreciation Day Celebration, held at the Gaines County Civic Building.

Gaines County farmer Benny Teichroeb took home Thursday’s top agricultural honor, as he was named the 2017 Farmer of the Year.

Other award winners from Thursday’s awards ceremony included: Peter Bergen, Peanut Farmer of the Year; Nicholas and James Neufeld, Young Farmers of the Year, and; Brett Wood, Soil Conservationist of the Year.…

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Gaines, Area Farmers Can Measure Peanut Maturity in Tuesday Seminar

September 7, 2017

A Tuesday morning seminar featuring information on when is the right time to dig peanuts will be presented to Gaines County area farmers, according to officials with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension’s Gaines County office.

The meeting, which will be held in the livestock barn area of the Gaines County Civic Building, will be held from 9 a.m.…

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Heifer Show Tags Must be Purchased by Friday, Sept. 15

September 7, 2017

To show heifers at any major livestock show in the State of Texas, or the upcoming 2018 Gaines County Junior Livestock Show in January,  junior showmen are required to  order validation tags, according to a press release issued by the Gaines County AgriLife Extension Service.  “Please contact your FFA supervisor or your County Extension Agent by Friday, Sept.…

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Swine Tags Need to be Purchased by Sept. 25 for Upcoming Show Season

September 7, 2017

To show swine at any major livestock show in the State of Texas, or the upcoming 2018 Gaines County Junior Livestock Show in January,  junior showmen are required to  order validation tags, according to a press release issued by the Gaines County AgriLife Extension Service.  “Please contact your FFA supervisor or your County Extension Agent by Monday, Sept.…

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Letkeman Delivers Gaines’ 1st Bale of 2017

September 5, 2017

For roughly two weeks, Gaines County farmer Billy Letkeman was anxious.

On Tuesday afternoon, the farmer was breathing a sigh of relief as he delivered the 2017 First Bale of Gaines County to the lobby of West Texas National Bank at 1 p.m.

Letkeman, who delivered the first bale of cotton in Gaines County back in the 2013 growing season, harvested the 2017 first bale off of roughly four acres of irrigated land located near the intersection of CR 426 and FM 1788, in southeastern Gaines County.…

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GCSO Looking to Update Livestock Ownership List

August 31, 2017

On an all-too-often basis, emergency dispatchers with the Gaines County Law Enforcement Center receive phone calls of stray livestock roaming loose along county and state roadways.

And, as a potential roadway hazard — to both the livestock themselves and the passenger vehicles that travel the roadways — officials with the Gaines County Sheriff’s Dept.…

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Oilfield sand miners encroaching on threatened West Texas lizard

August 15, 2017

A voluntary plan the state of Texas crafted to protect a tiny West Texas reptile — and avoid its listing as an endangered species — is facing a significant threat from companies that mine the fine-grain sand oil producers use for hydraulic fracturing.  

That’s the central message of a letter Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar’s office sent late last week to the U.S.…

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Seminole’s Rainfall Total Increases to 8.17 Inches for 2017 Calendar Year

August 14, 2017

Welcomed rainfall over the weekend helped push August’s precipitation total to a shade under 2-inches  for the month, following weekend showers which blanketed the West Texas and southeastern New Mexico region.

According to Texas Tech’s mesonet weather monitoring system, 0.47 inches of precipitation was officially recorded in the City of Seminole on Saturday, while 0.63 inches of precipitation was received in the Seagraves community.…

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Farmers Give Their Input for the 2018 Farm Bill at Angelo Forum

August 1, 2017

SAN ANGELO — Generational farmers, ranchers and others invested in agriculture showed up to be heard during a committee listening session hosted by U.S. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway (R-Midland) and Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-Minnesota) on Monday.

The 3-hour session titled, “The Next Farm Bill, Conversations in the Field,” was at Angelo State University’s C.J.…

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Cottonseed Provisions Part of FY18 Ag Appropriations Bill

July 21, 2017

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The 2018 fiscal year’s federal Agriculture Appropriations bill approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee Thursday includes a number of key provisions from the industry’s cottonseed proposal to help provide economic relief to cotton producers until a new farm bill is in place.

The bill includes report language about adding a cottonseed policy under Title 1 of the 2014 Farm Bill, according to bill language and several news outlets.…

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