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New Farm Law Fundamentals

The new farm bill repeals the direct and counter-cyclical programs and authorizes a new revenue insurance product that can be purchased in addition to a producer’s existing coverage. However, enactment of the new law came too late for USDA and the private sector to offer the Stacked Income Protection Plan (STAX) until 2015. Then, it will be available for purchase on all acres planted to upland cotton. As with existing insurance products, STAX Read More »

Wally Darneille Elected NCC President

Wallace L. Darneille, a Lubbock, Texas, cooperative marketer, was elected National Cotton Council chairman for 2014. Named during the NCC’s recent annual meeting in Washington, D.C., he succeeds Jimmy Dodson, a Robstown, Texas, cotton producer. Since 2004, Darneille has been president and chief executive officer of Plains Cotton Cooperative Association, a member-owned cooperative with interests in cotton marketing, warehousing, software ... Read More »

Industry News

Red River Crops Conference To Address Variety Of Topics Producers in the Red River area of Oklahoma and Texas will have a chance to hear an update on several important ag production topics on Jan. 28-29 at the Southwest Technology Center in Altus, Okla. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. each morning, and the program concludes at 4 p.m. On ... Read More »

Managing A Mighty Mite

Honey bee health decline threatens the world’s agricultural enterprise and ecosystems, which rely on bees for pollination. Among several factors contributing to bee colony losses is the parasitic mite, Varroa destructor, which was first detected in the United States in 1987. Researchers have agreed that this parasite remains the single most detrimental pest of honey bees and is closely associated with overwintering colony declines Read More »

OSHA Continues To Propose New Rules

OSHA has rewritten the Hazard Communication Standard, and all employers (including agricultural employers) were required to have their workers trained on this new standard by Dec. 1. This rulemaking is complete and being implemented. A second rulemaking that would directly affect agriculture was proposed earlier in the month. Under current rules, all workplaces with 10 or more employees are required ... Read More »

USDA Plans Water Projects

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has recently announced funding for projects in 40 states to finance investments in improved water and waste-water systems for more than 200,000 rural residents. “Rural businesses and residents need access to clean water and modern waste disposal systems,” says Vilsack. “This isn’t just an economic issue, it’s an issue of basic health and safety. Water and ... Read More »

SPECIAL REPORT: Need An App For Insecticide Spray?

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have released two mobile phone applications, or “apps,” to make things easier for anyone who needs to adjust insecticide spray equipment. The apps were developed by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists Bradley Fritz and Wesley “Clint” Hoffmann at the agency’s Areawide Pest Management Research Unit in College Station, Texas. The apps are ... Read More »