Oilfield sand miners encroaching on threatened West Texas lizard

August 15, 2017

A voluntary plan the state of Texas crafted to protect a tiny West Texas reptile — and avoid its listing as an endangered species — is facing a significant threat from companies that mine the fine-grain sand oil producers use for hydraulic fracturing.  

That’s the central message of a letter Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar’s office sent late last week to the U.S.…

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Seminole’s Rainfall Total Increases to 8.17 Inches for 2017 Calendar Year

August 14, 2017

Welcomed rainfall over the weekend helped push August’s precipitation total to a shade under 2-inches  for the month, following weekend showers which blanketed the West Texas and southeastern New Mexico region.

According to Texas Tech’s mesonet weather monitoring system, 0.47 inches of precipitation was officially recorded in the City of Seminole on Saturday, while 0.63 inches of precipitation was received in the Seagraves community.…

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Farmers Give Their Input for the 2018 Farm Bill at Angelo Forum

August 1, 2017

SAN ANGELO — Generational farmers, ranchers and others invested in agriculture showed up to be heard during a committee listening session hosted by U.S. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway (R-Midland) and Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-Minnesota) on Monday.

The 3-hour session titled, “The Next Farm Bill, Conversations in the Field,” was at Angelo State University’s C.J.…

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Cottonseed Provisions Part of FY18 Ag Appropriations Bill

July 21, 2017

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The 2018 fiscal year’s federal Agriculture Appropriations bill approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee Thursday includes a number of key provisions from the industry’s cottonseed proposal to help provide economic relief to cotton producers until a new farm bill is in place.

The bill includes report language about adding a cottonseed policy under Title 1 of the 2014 Farm Bill, according to bill language and several news outlets.…

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Texas officials warn of increase in food-borne illness

July 19, 2017

AUSTIN (AP) — State health officials are warning of an increase in Texas in the number of people who’ve contracted a food-borne illness often linked to imported produce.

The Department of State Health Services says 68 cases of cyclosporiasis have been reported in the last month and officials are asking health care providers to pursue testing and report any additional cases.…

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Texas cotton, soybean acreage up, others down

July 6, 2017

Cotton is once again king in Texas. Farmers are expected to plant at least 17 percent more upland cotton this year, according to the June Acreage Report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

Texas farmers are forecast to plant around 6.6 million acres of upland cotton and about 17,000 acres of Pima cotton.…

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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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