House Ag Chair to Speak at WPGA’s Annual Meeting, Conference March 28

March 15, 2018

The top ranking Agriculture Committee member of the U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to be in attendance for an annual conference hosted by the Western Peanut Growers Association, according to a press release issued by the ag advocacy organization on Wednesday.

The WPGA will host an Ag Issues Conference inviting the area to “Learn the Latest Information Regarding the 2018 Farm Bill,” on Wednesday, March 28, at the Seminole Community Center, 801 North Main Street in Seminole.…

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Consumers Urged to Be Conscientious if Purchasing Live Animals for Easter

March 13, 2018

Bunnies, chicks, and ducklings are often associated with spring and newness of life.  Over the years they have also become much requested Easter gifts.

Despite their popularity many end up in animal shelters once children tire of their cute, little new pets. That’s why many animal welfare advocates and humane societies advise sticking to chocolate, in the strongest possible terms, and others encourage educated, responsible rabbit and chicken adoption during the Easter holidays.…

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Thursday AM Grassfire Claims ‘Several Sections’ of SW Gaines Land; Drought Conditions Worsen

March 8, 2018

“Several sections” of land were scorched early Thursday morning, as area fire agencies worked just over four hours to extinguish the flames.
According to officials with the Gaines County Sheriff’s Office, members of the Seminole Volunteer Fire Dept. were dispatched to an area near CR 341 and south of Nadine Rd., in rural southwestern Gaines County, in reference to a grass fire call.…

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USDA Helps Cotton Producers Maintain, Expand Domestic Market

March 5, 2018

USDA for Providing Assistance to Cotton Producers Through Cotton Ginning Cost Share Program for 2016 Crop 

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, on Saturday, announced at the 66th Annual Mid-South Farm and Gin Show the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is taking action to assist cotton producers through a Cotton Ginning Cost Share (CGCS) program in order to expand and maintain the domestic marketing of cotton.…

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Despite Moisture Chances, Gaines Continues to See Drying Pattern

March 1, 2018

Despite receiving light rainfall totals, drought conditions within Gaines County remain in a “severe” stage, according to a weekly U.S. Drought Monitor report issued earlier this week.

On Thursday, Gaines County had an average Keetch-Byrum Drought Index reading of 452 points on the 0-to-800 point system used by the Texas A&M Forest Service to determine wildfire potential.…

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PCG to Host Informational Seed Cotton Program Meeting Monday at Gaines Co. Park

March 1, 2018

An informational meeting related to recently authorized Seed Cotton Program will be held Monday morning at the Gaines County Park’s Community Building, according to officials with the Plains Cotton Growers, Inc., the host for the local meeting.

Local and area cotton producers interested in the free informational session will see the meeting start at 8:30 a.m.…

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Local Drought Conditions Remain in Severe Designation

February 22, 2018

Severe drought conditions within Gaines County remained virtually unchanged this week, despite the return of light rainfall totals last weekend and patches of frozen precipitation on Wednesday and Thursday of this week.

According to the weekly U.S. Drought Monitor report issued by a four-agency cooperative, all but extreme southwestern Gaines County remained under a “severe drought” designation, along with roughly 38-percent of the State of Texas.…

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70-Plus Days Without Rain and Counting

February 16, 2018

Drought Conditions Continue to Worsen in Gaines, Region

Some Gaines County residents might have woke up Friday morning with dust-spotted windshields, which showed a glimmering hope that some precipitation had fell during the overnight hours on an already parched landscape.

However, no measurable rainfall was officially reported as of presstime Friday out of the best possible rain chances — 15-percent forecasted overnight between Thursday evening and Friday morning — seen by the Seminole area in several weeks.…

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Crucial Dicamba Training Slated for Wednesday in Seminole

February 16, 2018

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently revised pesticide labels for three dicamba products including Engenia, FeXapan, and XtendiMax, approved for use on dicamba-tolerant cotton varieties last fall.  

One of these label changes included a mandate that anyone making applications of one of these dicamba products must receive auxin-specific training prior to applying them.…

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Legislation Brings Cotton Back into Title I of the Farm Bills

February 9, 2018

Area cotton insiders are praising Congress’ passage of a Bipartisan Budget Act, which includes a pathway of placing cotton back as a Title I commodity in the proposed 2018 Farm Bill.

President Donald Trump, on Friday, signed a $400 billion budget deal that sharply boosts spending and swells the federal deficit, ending a brief federal government shutdown that happened while most Americans were sleeping and most government offices were closed, anyway.…

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