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Much of the Southwest is suffering through a prolonged drought that has reduced crop production potential, forced livestock producers to liquidate herds and spawned wildfires that have burned millions of acres across the region. Some areas have gone for almost a year without appreciable rainfall. Articles will keep readers updated on drought conditions and methods of coping with moisture stress.

Irrigation Systems

Artificial application of water to soil; typically through a pivot, drip, seepage, sprinkler or surface system.

Wildlife Management

Wildlife management has become an important aspect of farming and ranching in the Southwest. Whether land owners manage acreage for personal use or as part of the overall management plan for the farm or ranch, maintaining the correct balance between agricultural enterprises and appropriate habitat for deer, turkey and quail can be an important consideration in management decisions.

TPPA Celebrates 25 Years

Texas Plant Protection Association prepares to celebrate its 25th annual conference.

Anything that was pertinent to Texas agriculture over the past 25 years has found a spot on the TPPA annual conference agenda.

The annual conference will be held Dec. 10 and 11 at the Brazos Center in Bryan, Texas.

Conference Registration Information: You can register for the conference by check or credit card. Early registration is requested to assist us in planning and there is a discount for registering by November 15. To register with a credit card go to the TPPA website:

Southwest Ag Economic Outlook

To offer some insight into what 2014 might hold for Southwest farmers and ranchers, key economists from Oklahoma State University and Texas A&M University have put together a wide-ranging ag economic outlook for Southwest Farm Press readers.

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