Agriculture

DPS proud of crime labs

Texas Department of Public Safety— AUSTIN—The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is pleased to recognize the hardworking men and women of the DPS Crime Laboratory Service during National Forensic Science Week, which takes place from Sept. 20-26. The week is designed to highlight forensic science work at labs across the country. There are 16 DPS crime…

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Plains Cotton distributes $24m

Plains Cotton Cooperative— LUBBOCK—Lubbock-based Plains Cotton Cooperative Association announced fiscal year-end further cash distribution to its grower-owners totaling $24.73 million at its 65th annual meeting here Wednesday. The distribution, to be completed this month, consists of 9.59 million in cash dividends and $15.14 million in stock retirements. As of June 30, 2020, PCCA President and…

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CFAP 2 signup now underway

United States Department of Agriculture— WASHINGTON—President Donald J. Trump and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced last Friday up to an additional $14 billion for agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19. Signup for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP 2) began Sept. 21 and runs through…

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Young to retire at Texas A&M

The Texas Tribune— COLLEGE STATION—Texas A&M University President Michael Young will retire at the end of the school year, he said in a letter obtained by The Texas Tribune. His retirement is expected to take effect May 31, 2021, after which he will assume a newly created role as director of the school’s Institute for…

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Fall-like temps arrive in Knox

Up to 8 inches of rain From The News-Courier staff— Fall-like weather arrived a little early in Knox County when a Canadian cold front blew through last week. Fall doesn’t arrive until next week, officially. In fact, a record low of 48 was reported in Benjamin by Weinert Meinzer, who has been keeping records for…

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Test water wells after flooding

By Paul Schattenberg/Texas A&M AgriLife— The Texas Well Owner Network, or TWON, is reminding Texas residents in flood-prone areas  that if their water wells become flooded, they should have their well water tested. With heavy rains already falling this month, it is likely some more rural residents will have their water wells submerged in the resulting…

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Farmers can update yields

WASHINGTON – USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds farm owners that they have a one-time opportunity to update Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program yields for covered commodities on the farm. The deadline is Sept.  30 to update yields, which are used to calculate the PLC payments for 2020 through 2023. Additionally, producers who elected Agriculture…

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Plant container garden to maximize space

By Laura Muntean— Whether looking to add a bit of beauty to the porch or making the most out of space in the backyard, gardeners can grow any vegetable in a container that they would normally grow in the ground. All that is needed is the right size container, good soil and proper drainage, said Skip…

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Pet Talk

New baby can affect pets Expecting parents are often as busy as they are excited while they’re preparing to welcome a new baby to their family. In this happily hectic time, those who also own pets should consider how their pets and   new baby can safely interact when they eventually meet. Dr. Lori Teller, an…

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