NASS: Gaines Ranks 2nd Nationally in Cotton Production for 2017

May 18, 2018

“King Cotton” thrived in the Texas High Plains region in the 2017 calendar year, especially in Gaines County, where federal figures projected 380,200 bales of cotton were produced as part of the 2017 crop season.
Officials with the National Agricultural Statistics Service — a sub-department of the U.S. Department of Agriculture — recently released the national cotton growth figures, which stated counties configures within the Texas High Plains region — which includes Gaines County — had produced about  5.4 million bales of cotton in 2017.…

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Conservative revolt over immigration sinks House farm bill

May 18, 2018
WASHINGTON (AP) — In an embarrassment for House Republican leaders, conservatives on Friday scuttled a bill that combines stricter work and job training requirements for food stamp recipients with a renewal of farm subsidies popular in GOP-leaning farm country.

Hard-right conservatives upset over the party’s stalled immigration agenda opposed the measure, which failed by a 213-198 vote.…

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Farm Bill Moves Over Major House Hurdle, Scheduled to Face Friday Floor Vote

May 18, 2018

WASHINGTON (AP) — West Texas farmers saw another step in the right direction taken on Thursday toward the implementation of a favorable farm bill, as members of the U.S. House — backing the U.S. sugar industry — won an easier-than-expected victory over food processors, soft drink manufacturers and candy makers.

A a decisive 278-137 victory vote in amendment hearings held on Capitol Hill in which opposition supporters were trying to rewrite the government’s much-criticized sugar program, a web of price supports, loans and tariffs that props up prices for the commodity, spearheaded by Rep.…

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Report: US winter wheat forecast down amid drought, surplus

May 11, 2018
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — U.S. farmers are expected to harvest their smallest winter wheat crop in more than a decade amid an ongoing drought that has devastated fields across the nation’s breadbasket and a global surplus of the grain that has depressed prices, according to government report released Thursday.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service forecast the size of the nation’s 2018 wheat crop at 1.19 billion bushels.…

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Farm Bill Effects on Cotton Producers Topic of Upcoming Area Meetings

May 10, 2018

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will host a series of cotton meetings in the South Plains and High Plains this Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, to explain the new cotton provisions in the proposed 2018 Farm Bill.  

Jackie Smith, AgriLife Extension economist in Lubbock, and DeDe Jones, AgriLife Extension risk management program specialist in Amarillo, said they’ve invited Dr.…

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Rains Fall Within Region, However, Gaines Co. Remains Dry

May 3, 2018

Thunderstorms built over Gaines County and produced precipitation off in the distance on Wednesday evening, teasing local residents with a slight possibility of relief from the ever drying conditions which have crippled the area.

No measurable rainfall totals were reported Wednesday, continuing a streak of 37 days without moisture — through presstime Friday — and no signs of relief in the area’s short-term forecast.…

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Gaines County Farm Bureau Donates $1,000 to Support SOCOP Mobile Education Trailer Project

April 27, 2018

In early March, Education & Outreach Coordinator for Llano Estacado Underground Water Conservation District, Michelle Cooper, met with local Gaines County Farm Bureau Board of Directors to ask for their support of a project the Southern Ogallala Conservation and Outreach Program (SOCOP) has been working on for quite some time.

Board President, James Caldwell, local agent Callan Halsell, as well as several other board members listened to a presentation with details about the development, design, construction, and cost of museum quality exhibits being placed inside a trailer to become the only exhibit of its kind used to promote water conservation and wise use of natural resources west of the I-35 corridor.…

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Gaines Soil, Water Conservation District Promotes Soil and Water Stewardship Week

April 27, 2018

As a part of the Gaines County Community, the Gaines County SWCD wants to remind you that each of us has a connection to natural resources. The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) is celebrating the 63rd year of Stewardship week April 29 – May 6, 2018.

The 2018 Stewardship Week is themed “Watersheds: Our Water, Our Home.”    

“Clean water is important to everyone,” says National Association of Conservation Districts Past President Earl Garber.  “Watersheds come in all shapes and sizes.…

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Area’s Drying Pattern Continues After Late March Rain Relief

April 26, 2018

Slight Rain Chances in Seminole’s Forecast Beginning Sunday

While late March rains helped lessen the drought designation within Gaines County and portions of the West Texas and southeastern New Mexico region, the lack of moisture since has all but erased the precipitation’s impact.

On Thursday, Gaines County again inched closer toward a “severe drought” designation, according to the latest weekly report of the U.S.…

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Drought, wildfires force ranchers to scramble for feed

April 25, 2018

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Ongoing drought and wildfires have cattle ranchers in at least five Southwestern U.S. states scrambling for hay or pastureland, while others are selling off some of their herds.

Extreme and exceptional drought conditions have contributed to wildfires in Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico, delaying the growth of or destroying grass and wheat used to feed cattle in spring.…

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