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Farmers Seek Clarity In Rewrite Of WOTUS Rule

COMMENTARY By Kari Fisher California Farm Bureau Federation The ongoing confusion continues over what is a “waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) and about which waters can be regulated under the federal Clean Water Act, with farmers and ranchers hoping this current administration’s actions will bring much-needed clarity and certainty. On June 27, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Army ... Read More »

Industry News for November 2017

Monsanto Co. And Deltapine Cotton Donate Funds To Assist Texas Farmers And Ranchers To support the recovery efforts of Texas farmers and ranchers affected by the destruction and flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey, Monsanto Co. and Deltapine Cotton recently donated $200,000 to assist with ongoing disaster relief efforts in the region. The funds will be distributed to the Texas Farm Bureau ... Read More »

Overall Performance Looks Good

ARKANSAS The National Agricultural Statistics Service October Crop Production Report estimated Arkansas cotton production at 1 million bales, unchanged from the September forecast but 160,000 bales more than last year. Yield is expected to average 1,096 pounds per harvested acre, unchanged from last month but up 21 pounds from 2016 and slightly less than our five-year average of 1,101 pounds ... Read More »

Water In The West And Our Future

Special Report By Julie Murphree Arizona Farm Bureau Outreach Director I recently connected with the Sheely family of California and Arizona to talk about water in the west and some of the unique issues we face out here where the sagebrush and saguaro stand tall. Ted Sheely is a lettuce, cotton, tomato, onions, wheat, wine grape, garlic and pistachio farmer ... Read More »

Defoliation Tips and More

ARIZONA Harvest season is upon us. As pickers enter the field, questions related to heat stress effects begin to be answered. Several consecutive days of heat stress during late June and mid-July had a significant impact on boll retention and pollination. Higher incidence of “hooked-beak” bolls has been observed across the state. This phenomenon is a result of poor pollination ... Read More »

Hurricane Harvey Is No Match For Texas Grit

COMMENTARY By Russell Boening Texas Farm Bureau President A challenge brings out the best in us, but a horrific natural disaster shows everyone just how strong they truly are. And here in the Lone Star State, we made a new category — Texas Strong. The heart, resilience and spirit of Texas, and of our farmers and ranchers, is second to ... Read More »

Irma Impacts Georgia Cotton

Georgia’s cotton growers lost at least 10 percent of their crop to Tropical Storm Irma but yield losses are likely to reach 20 percent and higher as the season unfolds, UGA Cotton Agronomist Jared Whitaker said. “From preliminary observations, it is safe to say that every cotton field in Georgia has been negatively impacted by Irma to varying degrees,” Whitaker ... Read More »