TBWEF Makes Final Revision To 2008
Billing/Payment Schedule For Assessments

Friday, August 29, 2008                           By Shawn Wade

      The Texas Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation Board of Directors, at its August 27-28 Board meeting earlier this week, approved what should be the final revision to the TBWEF's billing and payment schedule for the 2008 growing season.

      The final revisions alter slightly the revised billing and payment schedule approved by the TBWEF Board in June to accommodate the USDA Farm Service Agency's decision to move the 2008 crop acreage certification deadline to August 15.

      The TBWEF Board's final billing and payment schedule creates a uniform billing and assessment schedule for all Texas eradication zones except the Lower Rio Grande Valley, South Texas/Winter Garden, and Upper Coastal Bend zones.

      For cotton producers in the six eradication zones that span Plains Cotton Growers, Inc.'s 41-county service area, 2008 TBWEF assessment notices are now anticipated to go in the mail September 11, with an assessment due date of October 14. Also part of the TBWEF Board action was setting September 29, 2008 as the cut-off date for growers to pay their accounts in full and receive a 2 percent discount on their assessment.

      A list of all currently active Texas boll weevil eradication zones and their anticipated assessment processing dates are included in the following table.

2008 Texas Boll Weevil Eradication Program

Key Assessment Dates

Zone

Anticipated Billing Date

2 Percent Discount Date

Assessment Due Date

Lower Rio Grande Valley

July 14

July 31

August 15

South Texas/Winter Garden

July 14

July 31

August 15

Upper Coastal Bend

July 14

July 31

August 15

Southern Blacklands

Sept. 11

Sept. 29

October 14

Northern Blacklands

Sept. 11

Sept. 29

October 14

El Paso/Trans Pecos

Sept. 11

Sept. 29

October 14

Southern Rolling Plains

Sept. 11

Sept. 29

October 14

Rolling Plains Central

Sept. 11

Sept. 29

October 14

Western High Plains

Sept. 11

Sept. 29

October 14

Permian Basin

Sept. 11

Sept. 29

October 14

St. Lawrence

Sept. 11

Sept. 29

October 14

Northwest Plains

Sept. 11

Sept. 29

October 14

Northern High Plains

Sept. 11

Sept. 29

October 14

Panhandle Zone

Sept. 11

Sept. 29

October 14

Southern High Plains/Caprock

Sept. 11

Sept. 29

October 14

Northern Rolling Plains

Sept. 11

Sept. 29

October 14

Source: Texas Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation

      Assessment calculations are based on information cotton producers provide the Farm Service Agency when they certify their crops. If growers find an error in the information on their billing, they will need to correct the information at their local FSA office and forward the corrected information to the Texas Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation.

      The 2008 assessment rates in the six High Plains zones are as shown on the following table.

 

2008 Boll Weevil Assessment Rates

High Plains Eradication Zones

Zone

Dryland Rate

Irrigated Rate

Northern High Plains

$1.50

$1.50

Northwest Plains

$2.00

$4.00

Panhandle

$3.00

$3.00

Permian Basin

$6.00

$12.00

Southern High Plains/Caprock

$2.00

$3.00

Western High Plains

$3.00

$6.00

Source: Texas Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation

      With the significant number of cotton acres lost so far, the 2008 failed acreage policies of the different High Plains eradication zones is also of interest to cotton growers. Those policies essentially break down two ways in 2008.

      In three of the six High Plains zones, Northwest Plains, Northern High Plains and Southern High Plains/Caprock, growers with failed acres are eligible to request and receive a 100 percent credit on their boll weevil assessment for any acreage destroyed during the growing season and not harvested.

      In the other three zones, Panhandle, Permian Basin, and Western High Plains, ONLY growers who failed their acreage prior to the final FSA acreage certification date of August 15 will be eligible to receive a 100 percent credit on the destroyed acres. Producers must certify failed acres with FSA and provide documentation to the TBWEF to receive the assessment credit.

      For more information contact the Foundation's Assessments Department in Abilene at (866) 672-2800.

TDA: September 9 Deadline Set For Director
Nominations In NHP Boll Weevil Vote

Friday, August 29, 2008                           By Shawn Wade

      Cotton producers in the Northern High Plains Boll Weevil Eradication Zone have until Sept. 9 to nominate themselves for the Texas Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation's statewide board of directors.

      The deadline comes as cotton farmers and landowners who farmed cotton in 2008 are set to decide in an Oct. 9 referendum whether a boll weevil eradication program should continue in the Northern High Plains Zone.

      Cotton producers who farm in the zone and who have grown cotton for at least seven years may run for the board member position. Those wishing to be placed on the ballot must fill out a nomination form along with a biographical information sheet. In addition, the signatures of at least 10 other eligible cotton growers in the zone must support the nomination.

      Producers can mail the form to the Texas Department of Agriculture at P.O. Box 12847, Austin, Texas, 78711 or fax the form to (800) 835-2981. The nomination must be received on or before September 9.

      Nomination forms are available at local county extension service offices and the Texas Department of Agriculture in Austin at (512) 463-3285.

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      The Northern High Plains Eradication Zone consists of all of Swisher and Hale counties; that part of Randall County that lies south and east of a line running along Highway 60 from the Deaf Smith County line east to Interstate 27, then running north along Interstate 27 to the Potter County line; the part of Armstrong County that lies west and south of a line running along FM 294 from the Carson County line to Highway 287; then running due south to Mulberry Creek; and east along Mulberry Creek to the Donley County line; the part of Briscoe County that lies west of a line running along Hackberry Creek from its intersection with the Armstrong County line to its intersection with the Prairie Dog Town Fork of the Red River; continuing south along Cherokee Creek from its intersection with the Prairie Dog Town Fork of the Red River to County Road 27; continuing south along County Road 27 to Highway 256; continuing west along Highway 256 to the Caprock escarpment; and continuing south along the Caprock escarpment to the Floyd County line; and the part of Floyd County that lies south and west of a line running along FM 97 beginning at the Motley County line; continuing west to the Caprock escarpment; and continuing north along the Caprock escarpment to the Briscoe County line.

2008 WTACI Conference Set For Sept. 10;

Pre-registration Ends September 1

      The 56th Annual Agricultural Chemicals Conference, organized by West Texas Agricultural Chemicals Institute, has been scheduled for Wednesday, September 10, 2008 and features a well-rounded schedule of speakers.

      The conference will take place at the Reese Technology Conference Center located at 9801 Reese Boulevard North (West 4th Street) Lubbock, Texas.

      Conference planners are encouraging attendees to take advantage of the new on-line registration process, which can be accessed at: http://wtci.tamu.edu/onlineregistration.php

      The pre-registration fee for this year's conference is $75 for registrations completed on-line or postmarked before September 1. The Day-Of-Conference registration fee for registrations postmarked or completed on-line after September 1 is $95.00 and credit cards will be accepted.

      The conference has been approved for 5 CEUs by TDA, 6.5 CCA CEUs, 5 CEUs by the New Mexico Department of Agriculture, and 4 CEUs by the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture.

 

 

 

2008 County Crop Tours and Field Days

      The August/September calendar is rapidly filling up with County Crop Tours and Industry Field Day events.

      The table below contains a partial listing of the events already scheduled. Growers interested in attending any of these Texas AgriLife Extension events should contact the appropriate County Extension office to request additional details.

      For more information about the industry Field Days listed below contact your local sales representative or dealer.

      If you have information that needs to be added or corrected regarding any of the events already listed or know of a date you would like to have added to this calendar please contact Shawn Wade at 806-792-4904.

2008 High Plains Event Calendar

Event:

Date:

Gaines Co. Crop Tour

September 2

Castro Co. Ag Tour

September 3

Moore/Carson Co. Crop Tour

September 4

Yoakum Co. Crop Tour

September 9

 

 

Industry Field Days:

Date:

West Texas Agricultural Chemicals Institute Conf., Reese Technology Center, Lubbock

September 10 - For more information and to register on-line go to: http://wtaci.tamu.edu

Monsanto/D&PL Field Days

 

 

 

September 23 – Consultant

September 24 – Producer

PLEASE CALL 740-1600 to RSVP and confirm your attendance

Bayer CropScience/Fibermax Field Days

September 30

October 2

 

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