Agriculture and Outdoor

Plains Cotton Cooperative Association announces cash distributions to its grower-owners

By Jayci Cave/Director of Corporate Communications/Special for The Hesperian-Beacon— LUBBOCK, TX – (Sept. 16, 2020) – At its 67th Annual Meeting, Lubbock-based Plains Cotton Cooperative Association announced fiscal year-end further cash distribution to its grower-owners totaling $24.73 million. The distribution, to be completed this month, consists of $9.59 million in cash dividends and $15.14 million…

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USDA designates four Texas counties as primary natural disaster areas

Special to The Hesperian-Beacon WASHINGTON, DC — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated four Texas counties as primary natural disaster areas. Producers in Crosby, Dickens, Lubbock and Terrell counties who suffered losses due to recent drought, may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans. This natural disaster designation allows…

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Texas hunting, fishing licenses on sale

New hunting season Special to The Hesperian-Beacon— AUSTIN – With the start of a new hunting season, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is reminding hunters and anglers that current year Texas hunting and fishing licenses (except the Year-from-Purchase All-Water Package) expired at the end of August. New licenses for the 2020-21 season went…

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Lighthouse Electric Coop lends helping hand

Employees travel east By Teresa Bigham/The Hesperian-Beacon— FLOYDADA – Lighthouse Electric Coop’s employees Tate Glasscock, Hector Rodriquez, Terry Farley, Jorge Lara, Aaron Saenz and Fidel Valdes had one thing on their minds when they hit the road Aug. 28, and that was helping the Jasper-Newton Electric Cooperative in Jasper, Texas. “The crew left Floydada after…

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USDA announces more eligible commodities for CFAP

Special to The Hesperian-Beacon— (Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that additional commodities are covered by the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) in response to public comments and data. Additionally, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is extending the deadline to apply for the program to September 11th, and producers with…

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USDA announces changes to emergency haying, grazing provisions

Special to The Hesperian-Beacon— COLLEGE STATION — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) announces changes for emergency haying and grazing use of acres enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). This includes changes outlined in the 2018 Farm Bill that streamlines the authorization process for farmers and ranchers. “Drought conditions are…

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