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Crop insurance has stood test of time

April 22nd, 2014

Ron Smith Photo:  BRANDON WILLIS, administrator, USDA Risk Management Agency, addresses the Plains Cotton Growers annual meeting in Lubbock Almost 296 million acres of U.S farmland were covered by crop insurance last year and because of that protection a lot of farms and jobs were saved. “We believe a lot of people are farming this  [more...]

Drought continues strangle-hold on much of Texas

April 22nd, 2014

Ron Smith Drought continues to exert a vise-like grip on much of Texas with the Panhandle taking the brunt of the long-term dry spell and showing a large expanse rated in extreme or exceptional drought status.  The area at the Southeast corner of the Panhandle, extending into Southwest Oklahoma, continues to display exceptional drought status.  [more...]

American Farm Bureau’s Stallman Calls for Tax Changes

April 15th, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 8, 2014 – Farmers and ranchers need tax certainty to thrive in a modern economy, and making permanent deductions that expired in 2013 is a good first step, the American Farm Bureau Federation told the House Ways and Means Committee today. “One of the major goals of tax reform should be to  [more...]

New farm bill: You’ll need to be better at managing risk

April 15th, 2014

“Don’t get terribly wrapped up in thinking that these programs are going to keep you in business.” Apr 14, 2014 Hembree Brandon | Delta Farm Press As you contemplate all the acronyms — ARC, PLC, STAX, etc. —and complexities of the new crop insurance-based farm legislation, Keith Coble has some cautionary advice for you: “Don’t get terribly  [more...]

Drought conditions worsen for most of Texas

April 10th, 2014

Ron Smith Drought conditions across Texas, with few exceptions, continue to worsen as winter gives way to spring and planting season. The latest Drought Monitor report from the Texas Water Development Board indicates that 25 percent of the state is now considered in extreme drought status—or worse. That’s twice as much of the state in  [more...]

Texas farmers, ranchers embrace technology

April 8th, 2014

Posted in From the Field, Texas Agriculture By Jessica Domel Technology is a part of who we are as Americans. We use it to connect with family, friends and people we haven’t seen in years. Many of us also use it professionally to promote ourselves, our businesses and our industries. But when it comes to  [more...]

USDA Empowers Citizens with the Knowledge to Prevent Invasive Pests

April 3rd, 2014

WASHINGTON, April 2, 2014—The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today proclaimed April as Invasive Plant Pest and Disease Awareness Month.  Each year during April, USDA amplifies its public outreach about the risks that invasive plant pests, diseases and harmful weeds pose to America’s crops and forests—and how the public can prevent their spread.  These non-native,  [more...]

Critical Need For Conservation as Panhandle Drought Conditions Become Worse

April 1st, 2014

LUBBOCK – As record drought conditions continue to deteriorate in the Texas Panhandle, Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples along with Texas Tech Chancellor Kent Hance and state Rep. Charles Perry are challenging all Texans to step up their daily water conservation efforts by utilizing the Texas Water Smart program. A public-private coalition, Texas Water Smart encourages households  [more...]

Glyphosate-resistant Palmer Amaranth Survey

March 25th, 2014

Glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth is becoming a new reality in the Texas High Plains. This pest has already caused costly impacts on cotton production in the Southeast and Mid-south. As part of our efforts to reduce its impact to cotton production in our area, we are conducting a survey to determine weed management systems commonly used  [more...]

Commissioner Staples to Salute Farmers, Ranchers During National Agriculture Week

March 25th, 2014

AUSTIN – Recognizing the critical role farmers and ranchers play in nourishing today’s population and future generations, Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples encourages Texans to join him in celebrating National Agriculture Week, March 23-29, and National Agriculture Day on March 25. This year’s National Ag Week theme is “Agriculture: 365 Sunrises and 7 Billion Mouths to Feed.”  [more...]

Spring Time

March 19th, 2014

By Justin Cabe - Well, spring is definitely upon us. We’ve had a time change and several haboobs or sandstorms, or dust storms or sand blizzards or what ever you want to call all this wind and sand blowing around.  With the lack of rainfall, the sandstorms seem worse this year than they have in  [more...]

Wheat crop below average; cotton planting delayed

March 19th, 2014

COLLEGE STATION –The Texas wheat crop remains below average, and very little cotton has been planted, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agronomist. Dry weather is the culprit for the poor wheat crop, while lower-than-normal soil temperatures have been the primary reason for the delay in the planting of spring crops, said Dr. Travis  [more...]

The American farmer: Growing capitalism

March 19th, 2014

Feral chickens, hand-pulled kale and a steer fed to perfection that is marketed in its home state. What do they all have in common? Capitalism. These products were introduced into a functioning market to better a company’s financial standing and to capitalize on a situation. They are also part of modern agriculture. Grocery stores of  [more...]

2014 farm bill changes to crop insurance detailed in new online resource

March 11th, 2014

As the 2014 Farm Bill was signed into law, questions have arisen about how this new legislation affects crop insurance and the farmers who rely on it.  A detailed analysis that will answer those questions, including major and minor policy changes, the introduction of new products including SCO and STAX and the link between the premium  [more...]

Farm Bill Educational Meetings

March 11th, 2014

The following meetings have been scheduled in the PCG service area to provide more information on the Agricultural Act of 2014, the Farm Bill: National Cotton Council  (co-sponsored by PCG and Texas Cotton Ginners Association)  Presenters: NCC Senior Staff March 17 – Lamesa, 9 a.m., Leroy Colgan Building, S. 10th St. & S. Houston St. at  [more...]