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Plant Materials Center assists north Texas farmers

By Don Thompson KNOX CITY –The United States Department of Agriculture –National Resources Conservation Service at the James E. “Bud” Smith Plant Materials Center researches native grasses and plants and provides information to seed companies, farmers and ranchers in the north Texas area with the mission to control erosion, improve range and pastures, and conserve…

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Producers face March 15 deadline

United States Department of Agriculture WASHINGTON, DC—Agricultural producers who have not yet enrolled in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for 2021 must do so by March 15. Producers who have not yet signed a 2021 enrollment contract or who want to make an election change should contact their local…

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Extension Service promotes Coop

By Kay Ledbetter— VERNON—Lorrie Coop, longtime Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service family and community health agent in Knox County, has been named as the agency’s new District 3 administrator, effective Jan. 19. District 3 is in the Rolling Plains region and represents 24 counties that reaches from Childress County in the north to Parker County in the…

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Skillathon champions recognized

By James McAfee— MUNDAY—Knox City youngsters got a chance to show off how much they knew about the agriculture industry when the second annual skillathon contest was held here earlier in January. Kendal Rocha was recognized as the senior champion while John Cross Utley and Maeley Evans took honors in the intermediate and junior division.

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Projects grand champions honored

By James McAfee— MUNDAY—John Mark Cooke, Belle Earthman and Chris Rodriquez were recognized as the senior grand champions for their projects prior to the Knox County Junior Livestock Show. Cooke claimed honors in ag mechanics, Earthman in textiles and senior foods and Rodriquez in crafts. Breana Waldo was selected grand champion in junior textile while…

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Grand champions named at junior stock show

By James McAfee— MUNDAY—Swines were the most popular of the animals that Knox County FFA and 4-H youngsters showed off at the annual Knox County Junior Livestock Show here at the Munday Event Center earlier this month. Brenley Hatfield, showing a dark cross breed, claimed grand champion honors along with breed honors while Addyson Johnson,…

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USDA to provide additional help

United States Department of Agriculture— WASHINGTON, DC– U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced last week that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide additional assistance through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), expanding eligibility for some agricultural producers and commodities as well as updating payments to accurately compensate some producers who already applied…

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Cedar Ridge purchases Air-Ag

By James McAfee/The Knox County News-Courier— KNOX CITY—Cedar Ridge Aviation purchased Air-Ag at the Knox City Airport from Donna and Stan Wojcik last month and will add a new airplane to its stable of 14 helicopters to improve agricultural services. Included in the purchase were four hangars and an older aircraft, which was used as…

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