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Private Applicator Training for Pesticide Applicators

The Calhoun County office of the Texas A & M AgriLife Extension Service will be offering a Private Applicator Training Course to assist those interested in obtaining a license. If interested, please stop by the Calhoun County Extension office to purchase your study materials at a cost of $40.00 (cash or check only).  There is also a 10$ registration fee (cash or check only) the day of the training.  For contact information and more information click on the link below. Private Applicator Training mailto:greg.baker@ag.tamu.edu  

Drones and Wildfires

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), generally called drones, are gaining in popularity. Although drones are fun to fly, they can be deadly if flown near wildfires. Drones can interfere with wildland fire air traffic, such as air tankers, helicopters, and other firefighting aircraft that are necessary to suppress wildland fires. Aerial firefighting missions including aerial supervision, air tanker retardant drops, helicopter water drops, and smokejumper paracargo occur between ground level and 200 feet above ground level, which is the same altitude that many hobbyist drones fly. Hobbyist drones and… Read More →

USDA outlines risk management program for hemp farmers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the availability of two risk management programs that protect hemp farmers’ crops from natural disasters. A pilot hemp insurance program provides coverage against loss of yield because of insurable causes of loss for hemp grown for fiber, grain or Cannabidiol (CBD) oil. The Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) coverage protects against losses associated with lower yields, destroyed crops or prevented planting where no permanent federal crop insurance program is available. Farmers may apply now, and the deadline to sign up… Read More →

USDA issues third tranche of 2019 MFP payments

The third and final tranche of 2019 Market Facilitation Payments was announced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. President Donald Trump this week. “It’s been a great start to 2020 for American agriculture with the signing of the historic phase one deal with China and the signing of USMCA,” U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said in a statement. “While these agreements are welcome news, we must not forget that 2019 was a tough year for farmers as they were the tip of the spear… Read More →

Auxin Training – February 12, 2020

If you plan to apply Engenia, Extendimax, FeXapan, Tavium, and/or Enlistone/EnlistDuo in 2020, you must attend an auxin training. The Calhoun County AgriLife Extension Service will hold a 1hour training. Date: Wednesday February 12, 2020 Time: 8:30 am Cost: $10 Location: Calhoun County Extension Office – Auditorium 186 Henry Barber Way Port Lavaca, TX 77979 For questions call 361-552-9747 Auxin Training 2.12.20 Mailto:greg.baker@ag.tamu.edu

TAHC Establishes Bovine Viral Diarrhea Rule

Austin – The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) adopted a rule to mitigate the risk of uninfected cattle being exposed to bovine viral diarrhea virus persistently infected (BVDV-PI) cattle. The rule was passed at the December commission meeting, and will go into effect February 2, 2020. The newly adopted rule defines which cattle are classified as BVDV-PI, and requires the seller of a BVDV-PI animal to disclose the status in writing to the buyer prior to or at the time of sale. The new rule also establishes a… Read More →

USMCA signed in U.S., awaits Canadian ratification

Calling it a colossal victory for U.S. farmers, President Donald Trump signed the implementation bill associated with the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) on Wednesday, Jan. 29. “This agreement is a tremendous breakthrough for American agriculture,” Trump said. Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) President Russell Boening and a number of Texas lawmakers attended the signing in Washington, D.C. “USMCA represents a tremendous opportunity for Texas farmers and ranchers to increase sales to customers in two very important foreign markets and to take another important step toward the economic recovery of Texas… Read More →

Mandatory Auxin Training 2020

If you plan to apply Engenia, Extendimax, FeXapan, Tavium, and/or Enlistone/EnlistDuo in 2020, you must attend an auxin training. The Calhoun County AgriLife Extension Service will hold a 1hour training Date: Thursday, January 29, 2020 Time: 8:30 am Cost: $10 Location: Calhoun County Extension Office – Bauer Exhibit Building 186 Henry Barber Way Port Lavaca, TX 77979 For questions call 361-552-9747 mailto:greg.baker@ag.tamu.edu Auxin Training 1.29.2020

Calhoun County Ag Talk

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Conservation Planning Meeting – Calhoun County – NRCS

Your input is needed to help determine local resource priorities and criteria for USDA conservation activities and programs planning for the upcoming fiscal year. This meeting will take place on January 21, 2019 at 2:30 PM. Click the links below for more information. FY2020_LWG_flyer LWG Meeting Press Release