Category Archives: Agriculture and Natural Resources

USDA issues first Coronavirus Food Assistance Program payments

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) approved more than $545 million in payments to farmers and ranchers who have applied for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. FSA began taking applications May 26, and the agency has received more than 86,000 applications for the program…. Farmers and ranchers will receive 80 percent of their maximum total payment upon approval of the application. The remaining portion of the payment, not to exceed the payment limit, will be paid at… Read More →

Private Applicator Training June 24, 2020 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

  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 (cash or check only). There is also a $10 registration fee (cash or check only) the day of training. 186 Henry Barber Way Port Lavaca, Texas 77979 Phone:361-557-9747 Cell:979-429-7456 A private pesticide applicator is someone who uses or supervises… Read More →

Calhoun-County-Ag-Talk-Volume 9 Issue 3

Calhoun-County-Ag-Talk-Volume 9 Issue 3   Above was my latest news letter that was mailed out last month, May 19th.  My apologies for not posting it on the Calhoun County Extension Website. Please remember to send me your email to receive the newsletters and other timely information by email.   Sincerely  

USDA launches CFAP direct payment signup details

Farmers and ranchers can begin enrolling next week for $16 billion in direct payments through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). Signup will start on May 26 at local U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices. CFAP will provide direct relief to farmers and ranchers who have suffered a 5 percent or greater price decline due to COVID-19 and face additional significant marketing costs as a result of lower demand, surplus production and disruptions to shipping patterns and the orderly marketing of commodities. Cited from… Read More →

Signup for COVID-19 relief payments could begin soon

The White House Office of Management and Budget on Friday, May 15, completed its review of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) plans to provide farmers with $16 billion in direct payments through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. That approval means USDA could announce signup for the COVID-19 relief program any day. Although the program signup is not currently open, USDA is urging farmers and ranchers to begin several steps of the application process ahead of time. Under the CARES Act, USDA will distribute $16 billion to farmers… Read More →

Coronavirus and USDA Assistance for Farmers

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program Are you a farmer or rancher whose operation has been directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic? The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program will provide direct relief to producers who have suffered losses during the 2020 marketing year due to COVID-19. About the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the Coronavirus Food Assistance program on April 17, 2020. CFAP will use funding and authorities provided in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, and other USDA… Read More →

Grow Food, Give Food

If you’re a gardener, you already know that nothing beats the taste and nutrition of fresh-picked vegetables. Growing your own garden can improve your health, save you money, increase the sustainability of your lifestyle, decrease your carbon footprint, and—perhaps most importantly—help a lot of people in need. That idea is what inspired Jeff Lowenfels, a garden writer from Anchorage, Alaska, to begin the Plant a Row for the Hungry (PAR) program in 1994. He asked local gardeners to grow food for an Anchorage soup kitchen by planting an… Read More →

The Value of Reproduction KRIRM faculty describe one method of evaluating the value of reproduction in the cow calf business.

By: Jason Sawyer, PhD, and Rick Machen, PhD; appearing in the Spring 2020 KRIRM Newsletter In cow-calf operations, reproductive rate is the foundational productive function of the enterprise. Obviously, if cows do not become pregnant, then no calves are produced for revenue generation the following year. Revenue from culled cows is not a result of production; it is the liquidation of an asset that must be replaced (usually at a higher price), if production is to continue. Pregnant cows must successfully produce a live calf, and live calves… Read More →

USDA APHIS Establishing Coordination Center to Assist Producers Affected by Meat Processing Plant Closures

APHIS established a National Incident Coordination Center (NICC) to provide direct support to producers whose animals cannot move to market as a result of processing plant closures due to COVID-19. For more information please visit:

It’s only natural

Heading into the fifth month since COVID-19 was first reported, many of us have come face-to-face with a sobering realization: sometimes, nature is actively seeking to harm us. But it’s nothing personal. In fact, it’s only natural. Diseases are about as natural as they come. Bacteria and viruses evolve or mutate over time in order to s Bubonic plague, Spanish flu, measles, polio…there hasn’t been a time in history untouched by a devastating, widespread illness. But we live in the 21st Century. Faced with the first global pandemic… Read More →