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US pecan growers seek to break out of the pie shell

April 25, 2018

FORT WORTH (AP) — The humble pecan is being rebranded as more than just pie.

Pecan growers and suppliers are hoping to sell U.S. consumers on the virtues of North America’s only native nut as a hedge against a potential trade war with China, the pecan’s largest export market.

The pecan industry is also trying to crack the fast-growing snack-food industry.…

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After brief relief, forecasts indicate drought will continue

April 24, 2018
Dry weather will prolong the wildfire threat through summer in the southwestern United States, even though weekend showers temporarily relieved drought conditions in parts of the area, forecasters said Monday.

The drought is rooted in a dry spell that began in October and is considered “extreme” from southern California to central Kansas.…

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AgTexas Farm Credit recognizes AgYouth honorees

April 23, 2018

LUBBOCK — Outstanding 4-H and FFA high school students are earning prominent recognition for their dedication to agriculture through AgTexas Farm Credit Services’ AgYouth of the Month program at a banquet on Tuesday evening, April 24, at the Kitalou Gin in Lubbock at 6:30 p.m.

“We are honoring some of the best and brightest young minds in Texas with this program,” says AgTexas Farm Credit CEO Tim McDonald.…

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Farm Bill Clears House Ag Committee Vote

April 19, 2018

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bitterly-divided House panel Wednesday approved new work and job training requirements for food stamps as part of a five-year renewal of federal farm and nutrition policy.

The GOP-run Agriculture Committee approved the measure strictly along party lines after a contentious, five-hour hearing in which Democrats blasted the legislation, charging it would toss up to 2 million people off of food stamps and warning that it will never pass Congress.…

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Seminole FFA Members Fare Well at Rodeo Austin Livestock Show

April 18, 2018

AUSTIN – Seven Seminole FFA members spent part of their spring break competing in the 8th largest junior livestock show in North America at Austin. More than 6,000 youth from across Texas travel to compete with their animals in hopes of placing top in their division and earning a place in the youth auction at Rodeo Austin.…

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House GOP seeks stricter work requirements on food stamps

April 13, 2018

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans controlling the House are proposing sweeping new work mandates on the nation’s more than 40 million food stamp recipients as they kick off debate on a politically-freighted election-year overhaul of the government’s food and farm programs.

Legislation released Thursday would require able-bodied adults aged 18-59 to work or participate in job training for 20 hours a week in order to receive food stamp benefits that average about $450 a month for a family of four.…

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House Ag Committee Releases Proposed Farm Bill Language

April 13, 2018

Highly anticipated by those associated with the agriculture industry, Congressional leaders on Thursday publicly released their proposed text of the 2018 Farm Bill.

A release which has some applauding the language of the U.S. House Agricultural Committee’s bill language, while having others voice their disapproval.

“Building on pro-agriculture tax cuts and regulatory relief, as well as the recently passed legislation to restore the safety net status of cotton, the 2018 Farm Bill will help ensure a strong and vibrant West Texas,” said Rep.…

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NRCS Announces 2018 Deadline for Conservation Assistance Funding

April 9, 2018

TEMPLE — The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Texas has announced the first funding application deadline of April 20, 2018 for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).

Applications are taken year around for NRCS programs, but deadlines are announced to rank and fund eligible conservation projects.  Producers interested in signing up for EQIP should submit applications to their local USDA service center or if already a USDA client, on-line via Conservation Client Gateway (CCG).…

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Last Week’s Rains Scale Back Gaines Area Drought Conditions

April 5, 2018

For the first time in several weeks, Gaines County, as well as portions of the northwestern Permian Basin region, saw a slight reversal of drought conditions.

How long that trend will last will be determined on if the area will receive precipitation in the long-term, especially heading into the late-spring and early summer months.…

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Gaines Listed as ‘Contiguous’ County in Recent Drought Disaster Declaration

April 5, 2018

USDA: Farm, Ranch Assistance Available Under Designation

To say Gaines County is parched and in dire need of long-term moisture relief is an understatement.

And, relief from the weather doesn’t appear to be on the horizon — at least for the short-term.

Relief, however, was extended near the Gaines County area on Thursday, as the U.S.…

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