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‘Abnormally Dry’ Conditions Work Back into Southern Gaines County

October 30, 2017

“Abnormally dry” conditions are beginning to creep into the southern portions of Gaines County, according to the latest report of the U.S. Drought Monitor, which was released on Thursday of last week by a four-agency government cooperative.

According to the weekly report, just over 19-percent of the State of Texas is under some form of drought designation, with 1.74-percent of the state falling under “Moderate Drought” conditions.…

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Deadline for Pasture, Range and Forage Insurance sign-up Nov. 15

October 26, 2017

AMARILLO – Texas landowners who rely on perennial forage to feed their livestock may want to purchase Pasture, Rangeland and Forage Insurance to protect the income potential of these acres, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert.

DeDe Jones, AgriLife Extension risk management specialist in Amarillo, said the U.S.…

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High Plains, Rolling Plains cotton seeing premature defoliation

October 12, 2017

AMARILLO – Cotton fields in the High Plains and Rolling Plains of Texas are experiencing browning or bronzing of the foliage, often accompanied by premature defoliation, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts are reporting.

Dr. Jason Woodward, AgriLife Extension plant pathologist in Lubbock, said he’s had more phone calls from farmers in the last 10 days to two weeks on this issue than any other before.…

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U.S. peanut farmers optimistic as China’s demand rises

October 5, 2017

China is buying more peanuts from the U.S, and farmers are feeling optimistic as exports rise.

In the first seven months of 2017, the U.S. sold $29 million worth of peanuts to China from Texas, Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, Virginia and other states, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).…

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Goodlatte unveils plan for new ag guestworker program

October 5, 2017

There’s a new plan to replace the current agriculture guestworker program.

Judiciary Committee Chair Bob Goodlatte of Virginia introduced the Agriculture Guestworker Act Monday. The legislation, called the Ag Act, would replace the current H-2A program for agriculture.

“For far too long, the broken H-2A guestworker program has buried American farmers in red tape and excessive costs without delivering access to a stable and reliable workforce,” Goodlatte said.…

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Agriculture Officials Make Fact-Finding Stop in Dawson County

September 25, 2017

Ag Secretary Perdue, Chairman Conaway, Sen. Cruz Among Those in Attendance

LAMESA — By the very devastation it brought to the Texas Gulf coast, Hurricane Harvey could play a role in bringing relief to financially-strapped cotton farmers in West Texas.

That was part of the message delivered by a trio of top officials in Washington, D.C., who made agriculture their focus during a visit to Dawson County on Friday.…

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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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