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GCJLA busy with fundraisers

Chuck Morris, President of the Garza County Junior Livestock Association, has been busy this year with fundraisers to help with annual stock show and sale coming up in January. GCJLA recently held their first cornhole tournament and along with a Barbeque dinner and dance at the rodeo grounds which raised around $7,000. Morris said “The…

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Cotton prices rally amid speculative buying

By Adam Russel, Communication Specialist Texas A&M AgriLife Cotton futures rose rapidly over recent weeks as speculators began buying for potentially big profits based on expectations that prices would go up, according to John Robinson, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension cotton marketing economist, Bryan-College Station. The rally has been good for Texas cotton growers who have negotiated…

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Garza County 4-H celebrate National 4-H Week

Staff Reports Garza County 4-H members gathered on Monday, October 4 for their annual awards and banquet/cookout to launch National 4-H Week.   National 4-H Week and the local banquet showcases the incredible experiences that 4-H offers young people and highlights the remarkable 4-H youth in our community who work each day to make a…

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Area Fishing Report 10/15/2021

Alan Henry – FAIR. Water clear; 70 degrees; 1.75 feet low. Fall fishing is in full swing, and the bite is good. Black bass, spotted bass, and largemouth bass are booming using brim-colored football jigs and trolling with crankbaits. Fish are schooling with a consistent topwater bite from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. using topwater poppers.…

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2021 Harvest Season arrives for Texas High Plains cotton

By Shawn Wade Plains Cotton Growers   Cotton producers and ginners throughout the High Plains region are ramping up harvest and ginning activity on the 2021 cotton crop after receiving almost ideal weather to finish out the crop over the past month and a half. Generally open weather in September and October allowed producers to…

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USDA announces final 2020 Price Loss Coverage Payment Rate

By Kody Bessent Plains Cotton Growers   USDA has published the final 2020 Price Loss Coverage (PLC) payment rates for all covered commodities except rice, based on effective reference prices for the 2020 market year. Accordingly, the 2020 PLC payment rate for Seed Cotton has been finalized at $0.0277 cents per pound. To calculate the…

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Higher loan limit now available for USDA guaranteed farm loans

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is announcing a higher loan limit will be available for borrowers seeking a guaranteed farm loan starting Oct. 1, 2021, from $1.776 million to $1.825 million. “Farm loans are critical for our customers’ annual operating and family living expenses, emergency needs, and cash flow,” FSA Administrator Zach Ducheneaux said.…

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USDA offers options for signing and sharing documents online

Farmers and ranchers working with USDA’s Farm Service Agency or Natural Resources Conservation Service can now sign and share documents online in just a few clicks. By using Box or OneSpan, producers can digitally complete business transactions without leaving their homes or agricultural operations. Both services are free, secure, and available for multiple FSA and…

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NRCS announces 2022 Deadlines for Conservation Assistance Funding

TEMPLE, TX— The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Texas has announced the first funding application deadline of October 29, 2021, for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). A second funding application deadline will be February 11, 2022. Applications are taken year-round for NRCS programs, but deadlines are announced to rank and fund eligible conservation…

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Cotton harvest season approaches area farmers

By Whitney Curry Plains Cotton Growers   Harvest is just around the corner in the Plains Cotton Growers, Inc. service area and producers have been blessed with relatively warm, sunny weather over the past couple of weeks. Though the crop has been accumulating much needed heat units, a timely rain earlier in September would have…

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