FSA Reminder:
CRP Sign-up 39 Ends August 27

Friday, Lubbock, Texas                             

      The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds producers that the deadline to enroll in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general sign-up is quickly approaching. Farmers and ranchers have until close of business on Friday, Aug. 27, 2010, to offer eligible land for CRP's competitive general sign-up. Applications can be completed by landowners at the FSA county office where their farm records are maintained. The 2008 Farm Bill authorized USDA to maintain CRP enrollment up to 32 million acres.

      In addition to producers signing up for the first time, CRP participants with existing contracts that are scheduled to expire on Sept. 30, 2010, may elect to re-enroll under a new 10-15 year contract. Cropland that is highly erodible, or within a national or state Conservation Priority Area, or is covered under an expiring CRP contract is generally eligible to be enrolled into CRP, provided all other eligibility requirements are met.

      Contracts awarded under this 39th sign-up are scheduled to become effective Oct. 1, 2010.

      CRP is a voluntary program that helps farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers protect their environmentally sensitive land. Producers enrolling in CRP plant long-term, resource conserving covers in exchange for rental payments, cost-share and technical assistance.

      In addition to the general sign-up, CRP's continuous sign-up program is ongoing. Continuous acres represent the most environmentally desirable and sensitive land.

      For more information on the general CRP sign-up, or the continuous CRP sign-up, producers should contact their local FSA county office, or visit http://www.fsa.usda.gov.

 

58th WTACI Annual Conference September 15, 2010;
Early Registration Ends September 1

Friday, Lubbock, Texas                              by Shawn Wade

      The 58th Annual Agricultural Chemicals Conference, organized by the West Texas Agricultural Chemicals Institute, has been scheduled for Wednesday, September 15, 2010.

      The conference will take place at the Scottish Rite Temple (Learning Center) located at 1101 70th Street (near the intersection of South Loop 289 and Interstate 27) Lubbock, Texas. A map showing the location is available on the WTACI website in the 2010 WTACI Conference brochure.

      Conference planners are encouraging attendees to take advantage of the WTACI's on-line registration process at: http://wtaci.tamu.edu/registration.html

      To view or download the complete 2010 West Texas Agricultural Chemicals Conference program brochure on the web go to: http://wtaci.tamu.edu/pdf/10program.pdf

      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. Credit cards will be accepted.

      Program participants for the 58th WTACI Annual Meting include: The Honorable Todd Staples, Commissioner, Texas Department of Agriculture; Clint Jayroe, Director of Operations for Jimmy Sanders, Inc. of Cleveland, MS: Robert Cossar, Winfield Solutions; James P. Mitchell, Board Member, High Plains Underground Water District No. 1 of Lubbock; and, Dr. Craig Bednarz, Research Station Manager, Bayer CropScience of Lubbock. Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Texas AgriLife Research and Texas Tech University researchers participating in the program include: Dr. Randy Boman, Professor and Extension Agronomist; Dr. Brent Bean, Extension Agronomist; Dr. Todd Baughman, Professor and Extension Agronomist; Dr. Jim Bordovsky, Research Scientist and Agricultural Engineer; Dr. Jane Dever, Associate Professor, Plant Breeding (Cotton); Dr. Peter Dotray, Professor, Weed Science; Dr. Jeff Johnson, Assistant Professor, Agricultural and Applied Economics; Dr. Wayne Keeling, Professor, Weed Science and Systems Agronomy; Dr. Dana Porter, Associate Professor, Engineering Specialist-Water Management; and Dr. Terry Wheeler, Professor, Plant Pathology Research.

      The WTACI program will also qualify participants to receive a number of CEU credits for holders of Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) and private pesticide applicator licenses.

      The West Texas Agricultural Chemicals Institute (WTACI) is an unincorporated organization of dealers, industry representatives, agricultural producers, scientists, educators, and agribusiness members who support education and research programs promoting safe and effective use of agricultural chemicals and protection and preservation of the area's natural resources.

      The institute was founded in 1953. Since that time it has organized and sponsored an annual West Texas Agricultural Chemicals Conference, as well as education seminars on timely issues, and programs and publications to communicate the latest technology to the agricultural industry of West Texas. It also awards scholarships to students majoring in agriculture programs at six area universities and to students who were reared in West Texas going to universities outside the area.

 

THE HAND THAT FEEDS U.S.

http://www.thehandthatfeedsus.org/

 

NRCS LWG Meetings Allow Producer Input
On Local Conservation Program Priorities

Friday, Lubbock, Texas                             

      The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Soil and Water Conservation Districts invite the public and any agencies with an interest in conservation issues to participate in Local Work Group (LWG) meetings being planned in the High Plains and South Plains regions for August and September.

      The purpose of the meetings is to receive input from a broad range of local agencies, organizations, local agricultural leaders, businesses, and individuals that have an interest in natural resource concerns and needs to identify resource concerns.

      Input received will allow the LWGs to make recommendations on resource concerns to be addressed for eligible practices, and ranking for county based funding. These recommendations will be used in implementing EQIP and other conservation programs offered by NRCS.

      The 2008 Farm Bill stipulates that conservation programs must continue to be locally led. Through stakeholder meetings, the public is given an opportunity to help local conservation leaders set program priorities. These meetings are open to the public.

      LWG meetings will soon be posted on the Texas NRCS Website (http://www.tx.nrcs.usda.gov). Web site information will be updated routinely as meetings are scheduled.

      For more information and for persons with disabilities who require special accommodations and/or alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, Large print, audiotape, etc.) associated with this meeting should contact the local USDA-NRCS office in their local county, listed under USDA in the Yellow Pages, or access the information on the Texas NRCS Web site at http://www.tx.nrcs.usda.gov.

 

 

2011 EQIP LWG Meeting
Dates, Times and Locations

updated as of 08/20/10

County:

Location:

Time:

Date:

Oldham

Vega Banking Center, 101 Main Street, Vega, Tx.

9:00am

8/26/10

Lamb

Lamb County Electric Coop.,2415 S. Phelps Ave., Littlefield, Tx.

9:00am

8/27/10

Yoakum

Plains Community Building, 1006 Avenue G, Plains, Tx.

8:00am

9/1/10

Briscoe

USDA Service Center, 410 Lone Star, Silverton, Tx.

8:30am

9/2/10

Donley

RFO Bldg., Clarendon College, 1322 West 2nd, Clarendon, Tx

2:00 pm

9/7/10

Dallam

USDA Service Center, 622 West 7th St., Dalhart, Tx.

3:00pm

9/7/10

Dawson

USDA Service Center, 109 NE 14th Street, Lamesa, Tx.

9:00am

9/7/10

Floyd

USDA Service Center, U.S. Highway 70 East, Floydada, Tx.

9:00am

9/7/10

Garza

Wells Fargo Bank Meeting Room, 216 West Main St.,Post, Tx.

9:00am

9/7/10

King

King County Community Center, HWY 83, Guthrie, Tx.

1:30pm

9/8/10

Parmer

Bovina EMS Bldg., 109 3rd Street, Bovina, Tx.

10:00am

9/8/10

Lynn

Tahoka Housing Authority, 1400 Ave. K, Tahoka, Tx.

8:00am

9/8/10

Deaf Smith

Hereford Community Center, 100 Avenue C, Hereford, Tx.

9:00am

9/8/10

Hockley

Chase Bank, 800 8th Street, Levelland, Tx.

8:00am

9/9/10

Castro

Rhoads Memorial Library, 105 SW 2nd St., Dimmitt, Tx.

9:00am

9/9/10

Ochiltree

Museum of the Plains, 1200 North Main St., Perryton, Tx.

9:00am

9/9/10

Terry

American State Bank Conference Room, 1323 Tahoka Rd, Brownfield,Tx.

9:00am

9/9/10

Wheeler

USDA Service Center, 1410 South Alan Bean Blvd., Wheeler, Tx.

9:30am

9/9/10

Hale

USDA Service Center, 304 South Garland, Plainview, Tx.

11:00am

9/10/10

Fisher

USDA Service Center, 601 W. South 1st St., Roby, Tx.

10:00am

9/13/10

Hall

1st Bank & Trust Meeting Rm., North of Courthouse, Memphis, Tx.

1:00pm

9/14/10

Bailey

Colisium, 2206 West American Blvd., Muleshoe, Tx.

10:00am

9/14/10

Randall

Randall Co. Agrilife Extension, 200 North Brown Rd., Canyon, Tx.

10:30am

9/14/10

Kent

Kent County Courthouse, HWY 70, Jayton, Tx.

5:30pm

9/14/10

Hemphill

Hemphill County Exhibition Barn, Exhibition Road, Canadian, Tx.

7:00pm

9/14/10

Collingsworth

Robertson Restaurant, U.S. HWY 83, Wellington, Tx.

8:30am

9/14/10

Swisher

Swisher County Annex. Bldg.,310 West Broadway, Tulia, Tx.

10:00am

9/15/10

Carson

USDA Service Center, 221 Euclid Street, Panhandle, Tx.

8:00am

9/16/10

Stonewall

Stonewall County Courthouse, 128 West 6th Street, Aspermont, Tx.

9:00am

9/16/10