Arrington Appointed to Ag Committee

January 11, 2017

WASHINGTON D.C. — West Texas scored another victory, especially those involved in the agriculture industry, as freshman Dist. 19 Congressman Jodey Arrington fulfilled his commitment to the people of West Texas and was officially appointed to the House Committee on Agriculture.

Agriculture was a central theme for Arrington both personally and professionally, as displayed in his 2016 campaign to congress.…

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Seminole’s Foote Attends National FFA Convention

January 11, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS- Jarrot Foote attended the 89th National FFA Convention and Expo along with Agricultural Science Teacher, Mary Savage, in Indianapolis, Indiana representing Seminole High School FFA. Foote qualified in the Swine Production Placement Agricultural Proficiency Event by being named the state champion this past summer at the State FFA Convention in Dallas.…

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Seminole Finishes 2016 Year with Above Average Rainfall

January 5, 2017

Above average rainfall for the month of August helped propel the Seminole community to an above average rainfall total for the 2016 calendar year, according to weather data compiled by the National Weather Service and Texas Tech University’s mesonet weather monitoring system.

At the close of last calendar year, the Seminole community received 23.26 inches of precipitation, which is 4.90 inches above the community’s average yearly rainfall total of 18.36 inches.…

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Llano Estacado Water District Offers Valuable Program

January 5, 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, according to a press release issued by the Llano Estacado Underground Water Conservation District on Thursday.  

According to the press release, the LEUWCD has offered this service since 2003.…

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Texas winegrowers fear new herbicides will wipe out industry

January 2, 2017

As Paul Bonarrigo watched his grapevines dwindle, he was confident that heavy-duty herbicides, probably sprayed on crops by a nearby farmer, were drifting into his vineyards. For the past two years, his 44 acres in Hale County — once sprawling vineyards providing fruit for Bonarrigo’s Messina Hof Winery — have not produced any grapes as they wither from chemical damage.…

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Gaines Bale Count Surpasses 277,000 Mark for 2016 Growing Season

December 29, 2016

Through Thursday morning, Gaines County’s eight cotton gins remained in operation, as the county’s processed bale count for the 2016 harvest season began to close in on the 300,000 bale mark.

According to polling conducted by the Seminole Sentinel on Thursday, 277,059 bales of cotton had been processed, which was up from 215,052 bales reported by the Sentinel on Dec.…

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US officials will review status of lesser prairie chicken

November 30, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal wildlife officials on Tuesday agreed to reconsider the status of a grouse found in pockets across the Great Plains — including portions of Gaines County — as environmentalists fight to return the bird to the list of protected species.

The lesser prairie chicken was removed from the threatened and endangered species list earlier this year following court rulings in Texas and a decision by government lawyers not to pursue an appeal.…

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TPWD: Rattlesnakes Remain on the Move

November 15, 2016

Experts from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department are warning Texans and visitors to the Lone Star State to look out for rattlesnakes late into the fall season because they’re not ready to hibernate yet.

TPWD officials say extreme rains over the past few years have caused the rodent population to boom and with more rodents to feast on, the rattlesnakes are hanging around to get their fill.…

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EPA proposes expanded use of new herbicide, Enlist Duo

November 4, 2016

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed more than doubling the number of states allowed to use a new version of a popular weed killer on genetically modified crops despite its earlier concerns.

Environmentalists are outraged with the proposal to increase from 15 to 34 the number of states that could use Enlist Duo, saying the EPA sought court authority last year to withdraw approval of the weed killer.…

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Gaines Ag Producers Miss Hail Damage from Wednesday Storms

November 3, 2016

For the most part, Gaines County agriculture producers dodged a major bullet Wednesday evening and early Thursday morning, as reports of crop damage from passing thunderstorms were reported within the West Texas region.

According to officials with the National Weather Service’s Midland regional office and other are media outlets, hail damages to crops in the area — primarily cotton — were reported in neighboring Dawson County, in an area encompassing the Welch, O’Donnell and Lamesa area.…

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