Gaines’ 2016 Bale Count Tops Out at 448,156

February 24, 2017

Gaines County’s lone operating gin following last Friday’s (Feb. 17) bale count polling conducted by the Seminole Sentinel announced they had ceased operations on Wednesday of this past week, in polling conducted Friday morning by the publication.

With the 2016 cotton harvest season officially closed for Gaines County’s eight operational gins, the Sentinel’s unofficial bale count topped out at 448,156 processed bales of cotton.…

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Gaines’ 2016 Harvest Season Nears Completion; Over 438K Bales Processed

February 17, 2017

One Gaines County cotton gin remains in operation for the 2016 harvest season, as the local bale count surpassed the 438,000 processed bale mark, according to a weekly polling conducted by the Seminole Sentinel on Friday.

Through 10:30 a.m. Friday morning, 438,342 bales of cotton had passed through Gaines County gins, as two ginning operations announced they had ceased operations within the past week.…

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LEUWCD Essay Scholarship Contest Deadline Approaching

February 14, 2017

A “final call” for entries in the Llano Estacado Underground Water Conservation District’s annual scholarship essay contest has been issued by LEUWCD officials, according to a press release from the municipal entity this week.

All LEUWCD area seniors who are seeking to advance their education are encouraged to submit an essay entry.  Principals, counselors, and teachers were notified in October of the upcoming contest topic as well as submission guidelines.  One first place and one second place winner will be selected from qualifying entries received from each high school within each district, with the  LEUWCD awarding $1,000 for first place and $500 for second place to winners from each high school.…

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Sandyland Ag Conference Slated for Feb. 22 in Seminole

February 13, 2017

The annual Sandyland Agricultural Conference is slated to be held at the Gaines County Civic Building on Wednesday, Feb. 22, according to a press release issued by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service earlier this week.
Registration for the Feb. 22 conference will begin at 8 a.m. at the Gaines County Civic Building, located at 402 N.W.…

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Study: ‘Wild Pig Population Steadily Growing’

February 6, 2017

Increases Reported Locally in Gaines County, Area

A new study predicts that invasive wild pigs — also commonly called feral hogs — could soon be a major problem from coast to coast.

The study, published in “The Journal of Applied Ecology,” last week found the United States’ wild pig population is steadily growing and predicts that the animals could inhabit most counties in the continental U.S.…

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USDA-NRCS Announces RCPP Funding Availability

February 2, 2017

LUBBOCK — The United States Department of Agriculture – Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS) has announced an estimated $300,000 in annual funding for the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) in the Panhandle-South Plains region.

High Plains Underground Water Conservation District (HPWD) in Lubbock will serve as the lead partner for the five-year program (2016-2020).…

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Friday Deadline Approaches for CSP Signup

February 2, 2017

Farmers and ranchers who want to take their conservation efforts to the next level have until this Friday (Feb. 3) to sign up for the nation’s largest conservation program, with 70 million acres enrolled.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) helps farmers and ranchers build on existing conservation efforts while strengthening their operation.…

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Pecan Farmers See Record-High Prices for Crop

January 24, 2017

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico and West Texas pecan farmers and backyard growers are receiving record-high prices for the crop.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports ( a new federal report for farmers in New Mexico, Arizona, and West Texas shows the price paid for a common variety of pecans is ranging between $2.88 to $3.05 per in-shell pound.…

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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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