The Amarillo Farm & Ranch Show is one of agriculture’s top annual events. The event is scheduled on Dec 02, 03 & 04, 2014 at Amarillo Civic Center. Many of agribusiness’ top companies will be displaying their product lines and latest technologies to show attendees from all over the world. Companies and institutions exhibiting at the show include representatives of agricultural machinery, harvesting systems, measuring systems, fertilizers, raising seedling systems, transporting systems, agricultural chemicals, greenhouse-related products and more. There will also be exhibits related to processed foods, dairy products, and agriculture research.



2014 Show Dates & Hours:
Tuesday, December 2: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December
 3: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 4: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

 

Admission $2/person
100% of the proceeds will be donated to the local FFA chapters


2014 Schedule of Events
http://www.ideaggroup.com/amarillo/event-schedule

 

      

 

    

    


 

USDA Extends Farm Bill Deadlines...Again!

That’s right. If you have not made your PLC/ARC decision or updated your base acres and yields, you now have more time. USDA announced late Friday morning that they will be extending that deadline one more week, to April 7. For more information, contact your local FSA office. Also, click here to read the USDA news release

http://www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA/newsReleases?area=newsroom&subject=landing&topic=ner&newstype=newsrel&type=detail&item=nr_20150327_rel_0076.html

Special Labeling for GMO's?

Congress is now looking at what, if anything to do, in response to calls for special labeling for foods made with GMO ingredients. The latest news is that a bill has been filed in the U.S. House to block states from adopting their own biotech labeling laws. The bill by Kansas Republican Mike Pompeo also would create a new USDA program to certify foods that don’t have GMO ingredients, similar to what USDA does now with organic products.

Meat Industry Speaks on Dietary Guidelines

The report released by the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee five weeks ago remains highly controversial, and the meat industry continues to hope for better treatment when the Guidelines’ final version is issued by USDA and the Department of Health and Human Services.

Adria Sheil-Brown of the National Pork Board says it would be highly unusual for the agencies involved to significantly revise the advisory committee’s language, but it could happen this time around because the panel allowed non-nutrition issues to influence its work.

"This is the first time that sustainability has been an issue written into the report," Sheil-Brown said. "So there's been a lot of controversy around that, in regards to that that is the scope of the advisory committee's practice, they're not experts, they can't make nutritional guidelines off something they're not familiar with or have no expertise in."

Farm Payment Limits Proposed

USDA has issued a proposed rule that would implement additional limits on farm payments made to non-farmers. For more information and to offer comments about the proposal, go here http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?contentid=2015/03/0074.xml&contentidonly=true

 

  

USDA Announces Grants

USDA has announced the availability of approximately $97 million in grant money to fund projects to support specialty crop producers, local food entrepreneurs, and farm to school efforts. For more information, go here  http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?contentid=2015/03/0064.xml&contentidonly=true

AgriLife Sorghum Meetings

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension is offering two regional sorghum education meetings. Topics will include soil, irrigation and weed management. The meetings will take place March 26 in Dimmitt and April 6 in Levelland. For more information, go here…

http://today.agrilife.org/2015/03/06/agrilife-extension-hosting-sorghum-meetings-in-dimmitt-and-levelland/

  

Dietary Guidelines Report Released

The full report from the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committtee has been released. Beef and cattle organizations have been very critical of the Committee's recommendations regarding meat consumption. See what you think by reading the report, which is available here

 http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?contentid=2015/02/0040.xml&contentidonly=true 

 

 

USDA Info On Risk Management Programs

Farmers are faced with some difficult decisions related to their participation in various Farm Bill programs, most notably Price Loss Coverage and Agricultural Risk Coverage. Information about PLC, ARC, base reallocation, and yield updates is available here

http://www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA/webapp?area=home&subject=arpl&topic=landing

For more information from the Agricultural & Food Policy Center at Texas A&M, cllick here

https://www.afpc.tamu.edu/

 

KGNC Golden Spread Agribusiness Hour

The KGNC Golden Spread Agribusiness Hour is your daily opportunity to hear from agriculture newsmakers from around the region. The program airs Monday through Friday from 5 a.m. to 6 a.m. on KGNC-AM.

In addition to bringing you the insights of ag experts from around the High Plains region, our show also offers up-to-the-minute market information, veterinary news, wildlife reports, and features that explore the daily endeavor of those good people – the farmers and livestock producers – who provide us with the food and fiber we all need.

If you are unable to listen to the Agribusiness Hour live, remember you can hear recordings of past programs in podcast form by going here: http://multimedia.kgncam.com/audio/ag.htm

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