Author Archives: greg.baker

New bill will help preserve American family farms

A bill recently introduced to help more farm families continue their livelihoods after the death of a loved one has the full support of the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF). The Preserving Family Farms Act of 2019 is sponsored by U.S. Reps. Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.) and Jackie Warlorski (R-Ind.). “Farm and ranch families often face a significant financial burden when they have to pay estate taxes,” AFBF President Zippy Duvall said. “Farm families should be able to pay based on how their land is actually used, rather than… Read More →

USDA Issues Second Tranche of Market Facilitation Program

MFP signup at local FSA offices will run through Friday, December 6, 2019. (Washington, D.C., November 15, 2019) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the second tranche of 2019 Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments aimed at assisting farmers suffering from damage due to unjustified trade retaliation by foreign nations. The payments will begin the week before Thanksgiving. Producers of MFP-eligible commodities will now be eligible to receive 25 percent of the total payment expected, in addition to the 50 percent they have already received from… Read More →

Seed Cotton eligible for ARC, PLC programs.

After being largely left out of the 2014 Farm Bill, cotton growers are once again eligible for safety net coverage through Title 1 of the 2018 Farm Bill. “Under the 2014 Farm Bill, producers made a one-time ARC and PLC election by crop and by farm that remained in effect for the 2014 to 2018 crop years for commodities other than seed cotton,” Dr. Jody Campiche, vice president of Economics and Policy Analysis for the National Cotton Council (NCC), said. “For seed cotton, producers made an ARC/PLC election… Read More →

Cotton and Grain Risk Management and Marketing & Farm Bill Workshop

An upcoming program to be held in Victoria County will benefit producers from a marketing standpoint and provide the latest information on the Farm Bill.  On November 6, 2019 from 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM the Cotton and Grain Risk Management and Marketing and Farm Bill Workshop will be held at the Victoria County 4-H Activity Center located at 259 Bachelor Dr. Victoria, Texas located next to the Victoria Regional Airport.  For more information click the link below. Cotton-Grain Marketing-Farm Bill Workshop   greg.baker@ag.tamu.edu

FSA EM Loan Assistance Based on Damages and Losses Caused by Drought.

The following letter was sent out by the Texas Division of Emergency Management to Calhoun County. We have received notice from the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture that your county has been designated eligible to apply for low-interest emergency disaster loans based on damages and losses caused by drought occurring August 27, 2019 and continuing. Eight Texas counties have been declared primary natural disaster areas. There are an additional twenty-five other Texas counties designated as a contiguous counties. Your county has been designated as a contiguous county. The Secretary… Read More →

Texas Department of Agriculture Approves Aerially Use of Deuplosan

With wet weather still lingering around after harvest season the cotton stalks are starting to regrow.  With the new 2,4-d and di-camba tolerant cotton varieties it has been a challenge for stalk destruction.  Attached is the 24(c) SLN allowing for  Post-harvest destruction / removal of all cotton including 2,4-D and Dicamba tolerant varieties and the 24(c) SLN allowing aerial application of Duplosan (dichlorprop) for a 92 day period to aid in the post-harvest destruction/removal of all cotton including 2,4-D (Enlist) and dicamba (XtendFlex) tolerant varieties in Texas. Please… Read More →

TAHC Commission Adopts Amendment to Trichomoniasis Rule and Proposes Bovine Viral Diarrhea Rule

The following rules were adopted and will go into effect on October 6, 2019. Chapter 38, Trichomoniasis Chapter 49, Equine (Official Identification) Chapter 51, Entry Requirements (Equine) The following amendments were proposed , and TAHC will accept public comments on the proposals from September 27 – October 28, 2109. Chapter 44, Bovine Viral Diarrhea Program This information was cited from and more detail click on the link below. 2019-09-24_TAHCCommissionMeeting greg.baker@ag.tamu.edu

Mowing Recommendations for Warm-Season Turfgrasses

Mowing is perhaps the most common cultural practice performed in turfgrass systems. When performed properly, mowing is used to maintain a particular turfgrass height and appearance that supports the specific use and aesthetic expectations of that area. It is import-ant to remember that while turfgrasses have evolved to tolerate mowing, this practice is still a stressor that has the potential to compromise overall turfgrass health and vigor.   (cited from Becky Grubbs, PhD; Assistant Professor and Turfgrass Extension Specialist, The Texas A&M University System and for more information… Read More →

EPA and Army Finalize Rule to Repeal 2015 “Waters of the US” Definition

WASHINGTON (September 12, 2019) — At an event in Washington, D.C., U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler and Department of the Army Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works R.D. James announced that the agencies are repealing a 2015 rule that impermissibly expanded the definition of “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) under the Clean Water Act. The agencies are also recodifying the longstanding and familiar regulatory text that existed prior to the 2015 Rule—ending a regulatory patchwork that required implementing two competing Clean Water Act regulations,… Read More →

Unmanned Aerial System Seminar

I was approached by Mr. Danny May, farmer – Calhoun County to invite Dr. Juan Landivar with Texas A and M AgriLife RESEARCH to give a presentation on the status of Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) in crop research and applied applications.  Some of the first research that was performed by Dr. Landivar using UAS was in Calhoun County.   With many farmers in the county being involved in cattle production , I decided to include range and pasture applications as a topic.  The first person that comes to mind… Read More →