TBWEF Auction Provides Significant
Return To Active Zones
LUBBOCK, November 19, 2004 By Shawn Wade
Sofar the success of the Texas Boll Weevil Eradication Program has been mostevident in the dramatic decrease in boll weevil populations and activity incotton fields across Texas.
Withthat success, has also come evolution as the program begins the process ofmoving many of the currently active zones out of the process of activeeradication and into the realm of suppression and monitoring.
Thesenew phases of the program require considerably less manpower and infrastructureto carry out. A by-product of this downsizing is scaling back the amount ofequipment used by the program.
OnOctober 9, headquarters staff of the Texas Boll Weevil Eradication Foundationconducted a one-day auction of surplus vehicles that netted big returns foreleven active eradication zones across the State.
Onthat day some 845 registered buyers from six states, the furthest away beingMinnesota, participated in the sale and contributed to the purchase of over 200vehicles, 100 other surplus pieces of equipment, such as mist blowers andhigh-cycles. The sale returned $917,177.04 to program accounts.
“TheFoundation staff is to be commended for the tremendous job they have done toconduct eradication programs in a cost-efficient and responsible manner,” notesPCG Vice President of Operations Roger Haldenby. ”Those efforts are underpinnedby good management of the financial and logistical aspects of the program.”
Haldenbynotes, with reduction in personnel and equipment needs in many active zonesnext year, the ability to auction off equipment that is no longer needed andcreate a cash infusion for each zone insures that producer funds are used totheir fullest.
Abreakdown of the money returned to the program is included in the table below.Funds credited to TBWEF Headquarters were derived from non-eradication USDAvehicles donated for the sale.
Texas Boll Weevil EradicationFoundation
October 9, 2004 Auction Breakdown
Amount Returned to Each Zone:
Northern High Plains
Northern Rolling Plains
Rolling Plains Central
Southern High Plains Caprock
Southern Rolling Plains
South Texas Wintergarden
Western High Plains
Due tothe Thanksgiving Holiday the next
issue of“Cotton News” will be published
Friday,December 3, 2004.
4th Ann. Texas Commodity Symposium Dec. 1
LUBBOCK, November 19, 2004 By Shawn Wade
TheFourth Annual Texas Commodity Symposium is right around the corner. Producersacross the High Plains and Panhandle region are invited to attend and hearupdates on important national and state legislative and regulatory issues.
TheSymposium, scheduled for Wednesday, December 1, 2004 in the Heritage Room atthe Amarillo Convention Center, is being held in conjunction with the AmarilloFarm and Ranch Show. The Amarillo Farm Show runs from November 30 throughDecember 2.
Sponsoredby Plains Cotton Growers, Inc., Texas Wheat Producers Association, CornProducers Association of Texas and the Texas Grain Sorghum Association, theTexas Commodity Symposium is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. on December 1.
Setto address the Symposium this year are: State Representative Rick Hardcastle ofVernon; State Representative David Swinford of Dumas; Mr. John Fuston, StateExecutive Director of the Texas Farm Service Agency; Dr. James Richardson,Co-Director of the Agricultural and Food Policy Center at Texas A&MUniversity; Dr. Joe Outlaw, Associate Professor and Extension Economist,Department of Agricultural Economics, Texas A&M University; and Mr. MerlinBartz, Regional Assistant Chief – Central, for the Natural ResourceConservation Service.
Invited,but not yet confirmed, is Ambassador Allen Johnson, Chief AgricultureNegotiator from the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office.
AmbassadorJohnson has been asked to discuss the current World Trade OrganizationAgriculture Negotiation and the goals and objectives that have been set forthby the USTR.
TexasA&M economists James Richardson and Joe Outlaw will provide additionaldiscussion of the current federal budget situation and the potential impact itwill have on farm program spending and the next Farm Bill.
Alsoon the agenda are:
• TexasLegislative Update- Representatives Hardcastle and Swinford will provide their thoughts on statelegislative issues in advance of the 2005 Legislative Session. They will alsodiscuss how issues such as water and school finance reform will impact thesession.
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• Conservation - NRCS programs and priorities willbe the main topics addressed by NRCS Assistant Regional Chief Milton Bartz.
• FSAUpdate - Reportingon Texas Farm Service Agency programs and activities will be State ExecutiveDirector John Fuston.
2004Amarillo Farm and Ranch Show
Set for Nov. 30 – Dec. 2
Texasfarmers and ranchers, interested in learning about the latest agriculturaltechnology and seeing the newest equipment options available, will want to takethe time to visit Amarillo and the Amarillo Farm and Ranch Show.
TheShow, which is held entirely indoors in the Amarillo Convention Center,provides visitors the chance to interact with more than 370 vendors and view825 exhibits.
Showhours are 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. November 30 and December 1 and 9:00 a.m. – 4:00p.m. December 2. Admission is free.
Inaddition to numerous exhibits and business opportunities, the show alsoprovides educational opportunities for agricultural producers.
Additionalinformation about the show and the educational seminars that will be conductedis available by phone or on the Internet. For more information call1-800-827-8007 or visit the show’s website at: www.farmshows.com/amarillo/
2005 EQIP PDG Sessions Scheduled
Farmersand ranchers have their opportunity to direct the flow of Environmental QualityIncentive Program funds in their County through participation in a series ofmeetings running through December 14.
Knownas Program Development Group (PDG) meetings, they offer farmers and ranchers anopportunity to offer their ideas and feedback on the EQIP program and how localfunds are prioritized.
This will be the second yearfor the PDG meetings to be held. Last year producer participation helped targetEQIP funds on high value investments such as cost-sharing the installation ofhigh efficiency drip irrigation and LEPA center pivots.
Times and locations of thePDG meetings are listed below.