Filing Deadline Approaches for

High Plains Water District Election

      Candidates for Precinct 3 & 4 District Director of the High Plains Underground Water Conservation District No. 1 (HPWD) can file applications for place on the ballot until 5 p.m., Monday, August 20, 2012.

      Applications may be filed in person Monday- Friday, 8 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the High Plains Water District Office, 2930 Avenue Q, Lubbock, TX 79411-2499.

      The applications for place on the ballot also will be accepted by mail at the above address; however, they must be delivered by 5 p.m. on August 20.

      Later this summer, District Directors will order a November 6, 2012 election allowing residents of District Directors' Precincts 3 and 4 to elect a Director to represent them in groundwater matters for the four-year term (2012-2016).

      District Directors' Precinct 3 consists of Bailey County, the portion of Castro County within the district, and Parmer County. Carroll Cook of Friona is the current director.

      District Directors' Precinct 4 consists of the portions of Armstrong, Deaf Smith, Potter, and Randall Counties within the district. Robert Meyer of Canyon is the current director.

      Persons can contact Sherry Stephens at (806) 762-0181 for more information.

      Created in 1951 by local residents and the State Legislature, the High Plains Underground Water Conservation District No. 1 is charged with the responsibility of conserving, preserving, protecting, and preventing waste of groundwater within its 16- county service area.


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Farm Bill Extension Pulled; Disaster Assistance

Package Considered for Livestock

Thursday, August 2, 2012                    By Mary Jane Buerkle

      The one-year Farm Bill extension has been taken off of the table for now by House leadership who instead are focusing their efforts on writing a separate disaster aid package for livestock producers ravaged by ongoing drought.

      Several farm groups voiced their opposition to the extension, urging Congress to continue their work on a five-year bill. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Oklahoma) said that his priority is to get a five-year bill in place, but that disaster assistance to producers impacted by drought is of utmost importance at this time.

      The disaster aid package was expected to be considered on Thursday and as of press time, an agreement had not been reached. Congressional district work periods begin August 6 and session resumes September 10. The current farm bill expires September 30.


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Your response is important in helping ensure the accuracy of yield and production estimates during the growing season.


NRCS to Host Local Work Group Meetings

      The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Soil and Water Conservation Districts will host Local Work Group meetings in August and September. The purpose of the public meetings is to receive input from farmers, ranchers, local agencies, organizations, local agricultural leaders, businesses, and other individuals that have an interest in natural resource concerns.

      Area meetings coming up in the next two weeks are as follows:

      August 8 – 8:45 a.m., USDA Service Center, 107 W. 11th Street, Quanah

      August 9 – 9:45 a.m., USDA Service Center, 920 Bray Street, Paducah

      August 9 – 8:30 a.m., Crowell State Bank Room, 100 E. Commerence Street, Crowell

      August 9 – 1 p.m., USDA Service Center, 237 S. Main, Follett

      August 13 – 8:30 a.m., Robertson Restaurant, U.S. Highway 83, Wellington

      August 13 – 10:30 a.m., Randall County AgriLife Extension office, 200 N. Brown Road, Canyon

      August 14 – 8:15 a.m., USDA Service Center, 1103 Eubank, Matador

      August 14 – 3 p.m., USDA Service Center, 622 W. Seventh Street, Dalhart

      For more information, contact the local USDA-NRCS office in your county, listed under USDA in the Yellow Pages, or access the information on the Texas NRCS website at


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AgriLife Extension Offers QuickBooks

Courses in Lubbock, Amarillo

      Texas AgriLife Extension Service will offer QuickBooks Pro 2012 computer short courses, scheduled for August 13 and 14 in Lubbock and September 4 and 5 in Amarillo.
The trainings will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day at each location.

      DeDe Jones, AgriLife Extension risk management specialist in Amarillo, will coordinate the event in that city and Jay Yates, AgriLife Extension risk management specialist in Lubbock, will coordinate the Lubbock course.

      Both events will be held at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center in their respective cities. They are located at 6500 W. Amarillo Blvd. in Amarillo and 1102 E. Farm-to-Market Road 1294 north of Lubbock.

      QuickBooks Pro is a double-entry business accounting program often used by agricultural lenders and producers, Jones said. In the two-day course, participants will learn to enter transactions into the program and analyze costs and profits. No prior computer experience is necessary.

      Registration for each two-day course is $125 and includes computer use and teaching materials. Couples are encouraged to attend and will be charged only one registration fee if they share a computer. Class size is limited to 15 people to provide a hands-on experience for all participants, Jones said.

      Those planning to attend should RSVP by Aug. 6 for the Lubbock session and by Aug. 27 for the Amarillo session. Payment is due upon arrival on the first day of the course.

      For more information or to register, call Yates at 806-746-6101 or email, or Jones at 806-677-5667 or



Area Cotton Producers Participate in NCC's

Producer Information Exchange

Friday, August 3, 2012 From the National Cotton Council

      Eleven cotton producers from Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas saw cotton operations in Tennessee, Missouri, Arkansas and Mississippi on July 30-August 2 as part of the NCC's 2012 Producer Information Exchange program.

      Sponsored by Bayer CropScience through a grant to The Cotton Foundation, the P.I.E. program is in its 24th year of helping its U.S. producer participants improve yields and fiber quality.

      The group began their activities on July 30 in Tennessee with a visit to the Stoneville Breeding Facility at Agricenter International in Memphis before touring the University of Tennessee AgResearch & Education Center in Milan and Hargett Farms in Bells. The next day they traveled to Missouri to see irrigation on Parker and Jones Farms in Senath and tour Farmer's Union Gin in Holcomb before visiting Bayer CropScience's Test Facility in Clarkedale, Ark., for updates on weed resistance and new varieties.

      On August 1, the group returned to Tennessee for individual farm tours in Fayette County. The next day was spent in Mississippi where they received a briefing on the Delta and that area's cotton production from the Delta Council and a market outlook for cotton from Staplcotn Cooperative before participating on individual farm tours with producers in the Clarksdale area.

      The Southwest participants included: Texas – Zak Adams, Agua Dulce; Bryan Baker and Kris Humphreys, both from Sudan; Dee Dusek, Eola; Roger Gist, IV, Hereford; Allen Jansa, Garden City; John McDowell, Jr., Shamrock; and Joe Posey, Roby; Oklahoma – Adam Bohl, Chattanooga; and Derrick Burnam, Mangum; and Kansas – Kal White, Oxford.

      Southeastern producers toured California's San Joaquin Valley in mid-July in this season's first PIE tour. The two remaining tours will have Far West producers visiting North Carolina on August 5-10, and Mid-South producers touring Texas on August 19-24.