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Cotton Assistance Removed from Federal Spending Bill

May 4, 2017

WASHINGTON — Area cotton farmers were left in a cloud of dust this past week, as negotiations related to financial assistance from the federal government related to cotton seed policy developed by the U.S. cotton industry and members of Congress was omitted from the $1 trillion spending bill pushed through Capitol Hill earlier this week.…

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Senate set to confirm Sonny Perdue as agriculture secretary

April 24, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — After months of delay, the Senate is expected to confirm former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue as agriculture secretary.

Perdue would be the first Southerner in the post in more than two decades. He’s the son of a farmer and has owned several agricultural companies. The Senate plans to vote on his nomination Monday.…

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Sunday Storms Miss Seminole, Seagraves Communities; ‘Dry’ Conditions Remain

April 17, 2017

Sandwiched between a pair of thunderstorm cells on Sunday evening, the Seminole and Seagraves communities saw no recorded rainfall totals, as storms worked their way through the South Plains and Permian Basin regions.

Sunday’s slow-moving systems dumped heavy rainfall totals in Lynn and Terry counties, where reports of ping-pong sized hail stones were reported.…

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Conaway Addresses PCG Group; Discusses 2018 Farm Bill

April 10, 2017

LUBBOCK — At the 60th Annual Meeting of Plains Cotton Growers, Incorporated, held last Friday in the Hub City, House Ag Committee Chairman Mike Conaway, Representative from the 11th District found a receptive audience anxious to hear what he had to say, primarily about Farm Bill 2018, but also on the ongoing investigation in Washington.…

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Congressional Roundtable Closes Forum at WPGA Conference

April 3, 2017

Following a keynote address in which U.S. House Agriculture Chairman, Mike Conaway (R-Midland) addressed aspects of the planned 2018 Farm Bill at the Seminole Community Center on Thursday, the seven-term legislator joined fellow Republican Congressmen in a roundtable discussion on a variety of topics. Included in the panel were Freshman 19th District Representative Jodey Arrington (R-Lubbock) and Hobbs resident — Rep.…

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‘Sooner, Rather Than Later’

March 31, 2017

House Ag Chair Vows to Have 2018 Farm Bill Passed On Time

(Editor’s Note: This story is the first of a two-part story related to Friday’s Western Peanut Growers “Ag Issues Conference” held in Seminole)

With his background as an certified public accountant, U.S. House Ag Chairman Mike Conaway (R-Midland) admitted to a large crowd of onlookers Friday he was adamant in ensuring there were no delays in the path to passage of the next Farm Bill, being targeted for 2018.…

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RRC: 1.85M Barrels of Oil Produced in January by Gaines Wells

March 30, 2017

Gaines County oil wells produced 1.85 million barrels of oil in the first month of the 2017 calendar year, according to a preliminary report from the Texas Railroad Commission on Wednesday.

January 2017’s estimated total production is down just over 53,500 barrels from December 2016’s adjusted production total of 1.90 million barrels of oil, based on RRC statistics reviewed by the Seminole Sentinel.…

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U.S. Drought Monitor: Dry Conditions Continue to Expand in Region

March 28, 2017

The spring winds which weave their way out of the mountains of West Texas and southeastern New Mexico and across the South Plains and Permian Basin region have made their presence known in the early stages of the 2017 spring season.

Paired with just 1.50 inches of rainfall through the first quarter of the 2017 calendar year and above-average temperatures, drought-like conditions have grown — both within the region and in Gaines County, specifically.…

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2018 Farm Bill Keynote Event, Roundtable Slated for Friday

March 28, 2017

Area Congressmen, Former Ag Chair to Converge on Seminole for Discussions

Western Peanut Growers Assoc. officials are anticipating a large turnout Friday at the Seminole Conference Center, as the group will play host to an agriculture roundtable featuring three sitting members of the U.S. House of Representatives and a former chairman of the U.S.…

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New Cotton Technologies Add to Grower Responsibilities

March 24, 2017

LUBBOCK – From a cotton farming standpoint, it may be more important now than ever to know your surroundings, said a pair of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialists at Lubbock.

In the past, farmers used to plant brown bag seed and had few postemergence herbicide options, said Dr. Seth Byrd, AgriLife Extension agronomist.…

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