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MFP sign-up deadline extended to Dec. 20

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Due to the prolonged and extensive impacts of weather this year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has extended the deadline to Dec. 20 for producers to enroll in the Dairy Margin Coverage program for the 2020 calendar year. The deadline had been Dec. 13. USDA announced is also continuing to accept applications for the Market Facilitation Program through Dec. 20. ... Read More »

Wild hogs aren’t just a rural problem; they’re invading urban areas too

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Whether you call them wild pigs or feral hogs, they are no longer just a rural problem, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Wild pigs cause more than $52 million in agricultural damage in Texas annually, said Dr. John Tomecek, AgriLife Extension wildlife specialist, Thrall. But it’s their encroachment into increasingly urbanized areas that is becoming a ... Read More »

Rice farmer elected Arkansas Farm Bureau president

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Rich Hillman, a grower of field crops, including rice, near Carlisle was recently elected as Arkansas Farm Bureau’s new president, and Mike Freeze of Little Rock was chosen as the agriculture advocacy organization’s new vice president. Both were selected during Farm Bureau’s 85th Annual Convention at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock. Delegates also elected six other board members ... Read More »

University of Arkansas releases new ‘Lynx’ medium grain

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Lynx, a new medium-grain rice variety from the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, offers high yields and early maturity. “Lynx consistently showed a yield advantage over both Jupiter and Titan in rice-growing areas north of I-40 and west of Crowley’s Ridge, where the majority of the state’s medium-grain rice is grown,” said Xueyan Sha, professor and rice breeder ... Read More »

Pride of the Bootheel

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Missouri farmer wins $25,000 ‘Transform My Community’ grand prize for the Hayti Fire Department • By Carroll Smith, Cotton Farming Editor • Aug. 12, 2009, started out like any other late summer day for Pam and David Dowdy, who farmed in the Missouri Bootheel with their son, Matt. They were unloading grain bins and hauling corn to the river, so ... Read More »

California State Water Project announces 10% initial water allocation

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The California Department of Water Resources announced an initial State Water Project allocation of 10% for the 2020 calendar year. The initial allocation is based on several factors, such as conservative dry hydrology, reservoir storage, and releases necessary to meet water supply and environmental demands, according to a news release. State allocations are based on conservative assumptions and may change ... Read More »

A natural resources recipe

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Mix rice farmers, stewardship practices and partnership programs for a successful conservation gumbo. • By Amy Robertson Fuselier • What makes the best gumbo? Some say the Cajun trinity of ingredients —onions, bell pepper and celery. Many argue the roux is the basic building block for creating the ultimate gumbo. But everyone agrees that the best gumbo is one that ... Read More »

Strong exports help buoy the market and point to higher prices

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• By Kurt Guidry • When examining the market environment for the 2019 rice crop, there are several factors that could be pointed to that would suggest the potential for stronger prices. Adverse conditions at planting, challenging growing season conditions, and lower acreage and production expectations all would suggest higher prices. But despite these supply-side signals, prices during the first ... Read More »

We’re ready to forget 2019, but there are some highlights

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Farmers know better than anyone that not every year is going to be easy, but 2019 has certainly tried our collective patience. With heavy rain and even flooding across the country this spring, planting was delayed and almost 750,000 acres never got planted. With more than half of the U.S. rice crop exported annually, ongoing trade disputes, retaliatory tariffs and ... Read More »

J.R. Simplot Co. to acquire Pinnacle Ag

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The J.R. Simplot Co., a privately held food and agribusiness company headquartered in Boise, Idaho, has agreed to acquire all of the interests in Pinnacle Agriculture Enterprises LLC and its subsidiaries. The acquisition will bring together two distributors of agricultural crop inputs and related services. The target acquisition close date is in early 2020. “By combining our geographic footprint and ... Read More »