QuickBooks Courses Scheduled

in Lubbock and Amarillo

Friday, August 9, 2013             From AgriLife TODAY

      Returning for the 12th year in a row, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will offer QuickBooks Pro computer short courses on Aug. 19-20 in Amarillo and Sept. 9-10 in Lubbock.

      The trainings will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day in both cities, said DeDe Jones, AgriLife Extension risk management specialist in Amarillo, who will coordinate the event in that city. Jay Yates, AgriLife Extension risk management specialist in Lubbock, will coordinate the Lubbock course.

      Both events will be held at the Texas A&M 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.

      "Based on follow-up surveys, attendees have received an average economic benefit of more than $2,000 per year," Jones said. "We've presented the program to almost 360 producers through the years."

      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. 12 for the Amarillo session and by Sept. 2 for the Lubbock session. Payment is due upon arrival on the first day of the course.

      For more information or to register, contact Yates at 806-746-6101 or jayates@ag.tamu.edu, or Jones at 806-677-5667, dljones@ag.tamu.edu.


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Spotty Rains Boost Some Cotton Crops

Friday, August 9, 2013                   By Mary Jane Buerkle

      Scattered showers and thunderstorms have moved across the PCG service area over the past week, although coverage has been spotty at best and hail has unfortunately damaged more High Plains cotton.

      According to West Texas Mesonet data for the month of August, the most rain has fallen in northern portions of the region, with McLean reporting 2.27 inches and Hereford reporting 1.46 inches. Seven other stations have reported between a half-inch and an inch for the month so far.

      Hail was reported in Floyd and Crosby counties from a storm on Wednesday night, but the extent of the damage is unknown. Storms also brought high winds and blowing dust in multiple locations.

      The National Agricultural Statistics Service will release their first production estimates on Monday. PCG and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension experts estimate current abandonment for the High Plains cotton crop at about 40 percent.


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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. The purpose of the public meetings is to receive input from farmers, ranchers, local agencies, organizations, local agricultural leaders, businesses, and other individuals with an interest in natural resource concerns.

      Area meetings through the end of the month are as follows:

      August 13 – 8:15 a.m., USDA Service Center, 1103 Eubank, Matador

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

      August 15 – 9:30 a.m., Rhoads Memorial Library, 103 SW 2nd Street, Dimmitt

      August 20 – 7:30 a.m., KNT Cafˇ, 123 Commercial Street (Highway 60), Miami

      August 20 – 8 a.m., USDA Service Center, 200 West Taylor, Morton

      August 20 – 9 a.m., Bailey County Electric Co-op Association Building, 610 East American Blvd., Muleshoe

      August 20 – 6 p.m., USDA Service Center, 814 South 2nd Street, Suite B, Canadian

      August 21 – 8 a.m., USDA Service Center, 312 Willard Avenue, Spur

      August 21 – 10:30 a.m., Swisher County Annex Building, 310 West Broadway, Tulia

      For more information, contact the local USDA-NRCS office in your county, or access the information on the Texas NRCS website at http://www.tx.nrcs.usda.gov.