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Just in time, substantial Oct. rains bring life to Southwest pecans, vegetables
Stretching across southern New Mexico to the Gulf Coast of Texas, pecan growers are reporting that rains over the last two weeks have improved prospect for a good nut crop this year. Optimism runs high that demand for quality pecans will boost holiday sales and producer profits.
Following heavy rains and violent storms, peanut growers advised to guard against harvest losses
Concerns of a wet crop are at the forefront for many, so Southwest Farm Press turned to peanut specialists Jason Woodward at Texas A&M and Todd Baughman at Oklahoma State University to provide sound advice on how to best address problems associated with a wet crop.
EPA, Texas Department of Agriculture propose changes to applicator license requirements
EPA is proposing stronger standards for pesticide applicators who apply “restricted-use” pesticides.
Amid tough economic times, ‘locally grown’ farming demonstrates growth
According to a recent USDA-Economic Research Agency report, producer participation in local food systems is growing and the value of local food sales, defined as the sale of food for human consumption through both direct-to-consumer and intermediated marketing channels, appears to be increasing.
El Niño rains to help and hinder Texas crops
National Weather Service forecasters in Midland say strong prevailing Pacific winds are streaming into the Southwest, driven by the effects of a particularly strong El Niño.
Section 18 exemption sought in fight against HLB
In the U.S., HLB was first discovered in August 2005 in South Florida and currently is endemic in multiple states from the U.S. East Coast to the West Coast, including the three largest citrus-growing states, Florida, Texas and most recently California
Could Southwest farmers benefit from commercial hemp production? Will state lawmakers ever approve hemp as a lawful crop? 1
Americans bought about $625 million worth of hemp products last year, including clothing, building materials, food made with hemp seeds, and assorted other hemp-related products.
Specialty crop producers get $113 million in support from USDA
USDA's announcement this week is part of a USDA-wide effort supporting President Obama's commitment to strengthening local and regional food systems and come in the form of more than $113 million in awards of program grants through research, agricultural extension activities, and programs to increase demand and address the needs of America's specialty crop industry.
Vilsack announces 6.8% ARC/PLC cuts forthcoming for 2014-2016 payments to farmers
"Payments [will be reduced] across the board, regardless of when they [farmers] came into the office," Vilsack told committee members during Wednesday's hearing.
Wild sunflower could help reshape commercial production 2
Since the sunflower is native only to North America, researchers have been searching for wild sunflower species in remote areas in an effort to collect germplasm that would help broaden the crop’s genetic base.
New tomato pest could be devastating when it reaches North America 3
The South American tomato leafminer, Tuta absoluta, is no larger than an eyelash. But this miniature moth can destroy 80 to 100 percent of commercial crops it invades.
What happens to agriculture if U.S. Government shuts down?
Lawmakers have until Midnight Sept. 30 to prevent another shutdown similar to the one they caused in October two years ago.
Good news for Valencia peanut producers
Re-opening of Portales peanut plant gives Texas, New Mexico peanut producers hope for renewed market opportunities
Immigration reform needed to offer greater opportunities for locally grown foods
Opportunities exist for American farmers to provide a larger share of the growing demand for fresh fruits and vegetables
Rice farmers get unexpected support from NASA study
U.S, lawns considered country's biggest water using crop
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