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Amarillo WT Campus Slated for 2016

Downtown Amarillo is making a new exciting change.
 
West Texas A&M University will be building a permanent campus, renovating the old Commerce building at 8th and Tyler street. Vice President of Institutional Advancement Neal Weaver says the nearly $12 million campus will serve as a permanent four year university to help revitalize and energize downtown Amarillo while growing a highly qualified workforce for area employers.
 
"We're going to get a sense of what is the economic direction of Amarillo. What degree programs can WT deliver in the Amarillo community that will allow that community to take advantage of its strengths, will develop the workforce in a way that allows Amarillo to grow," Weaver said. 
 
Weaver says some of the degree programs being discussed focus on healthcare, and oil and gas. Classes are slated to begin by fall of 2016.

West Texas Enterprise Challenge Kicks Off

The 20th West Texas Enterprise Challenge is coming up, with a few days to learn more and participate. 
 
"This is a $500,000 grant competition that we administer and partnership with the Amarillo Economic Development Corporation. This year we have four orientation workshops," said David Terry, executive director.
 
Those workshop dates are August 20th and 29th, along with September 2nd and 9th. Over the last 19 years, $4.1 million has been invested, creating 657 jobs in 69 companies, 80% of which are still going strong.
 
To get your business registered for the required workshop, visit amarilloenterprisechallenge.com.

Two Arrested for Running from Police

Two people were arrested on various charges after running from police.

Just before 8:00 p.m. Sunday, officers recognized a car driving on Georgia that had evaded a previous attempt to stop it.  When they tried to pull it over, the car fled down an alley near the 3000 block of Britain. It was later located in the 3000 block of Westhaven, where the driver, a woman, and two small children ran into a house and locked the door.  

Taylor Jajuan Meander, 23, was arrested on eight traffic warrants, evading arrest, and child endangerment. The woman in the car, Estlyn Shakil Reed, 21, was wanted for criminal mischief and a probation violation charge.

Go-Cart Hit on Line and Belleview

A teenager was hospitalized after a go-cart was hit by an SUV.

Around 7:30 p.m. Monday, the go-cart carrying two teenagers was driving south on Belleview when it pulled out in front of an SUV that was wesbound on Line avenue. The driver of the go-cart was hit and taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, but has since been stabilized.  

The passenger in the go-cart and the occupants of the SUV were uninjured.

58th Street Reconstruction Project

If your daily commute involves 58th street between Georgia and Washington, expect delays for the next several months.  
 
TXDOT will begin a reconstruction project on the two north lanes of southwest 58th. Two way traffic will be diverted to the two south side lanes. Once work is finished, traffic will be diverted to the newly paved lanes so work can begin on the south side lanes.
 
The $2 million project is expected to be finished by early summer of next year.
 

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Farm Bill Decision Aid

It will be at least a couple months before enrollment begins for the new Farm Bill programs PLC and ARC. But for farmers who would like some preliminary information about how the two programs will work, a decision aid has been created by the Agricultural & Food Policy Center at Texas A&M University. Click here https://afpc.tamu.edu/

Beef Grading May Change

We’ve all gotten used to grades for beef like prime, choice, and select. But there might be changes in the offing as USDA is seeking public input on possible revisions to the grading standards. USDA says it is considering changes because there have been a lot of improvements and trends in animal raising and feeding during the tme since the standards were originally adopted.  For more information about this subject and how you can comment on proposed changes, go here http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/ams.printData.do?template=printPage&navID=&page=printPage&dDocId=STELPRDC5108681&dID=203169&wf=false&docTitle=USDA+Seeks+Input+on+Revisions+to+Beef+Grading+Standards

  

Cotton Program Sign-Up

Farmers can now enroll in the Cotton Transition Assistance Program. CTAP will provide cotton farmers in the 2014 crop year with interim payments until USDA can begin offering the new insurance product known as the Stacked Income Protection Plan, which was created in the new Farm Bill. For more information, go here

http://www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA/newsReleases?area=newsroom&subject=landing&topic=ner&newstype=newsrel&type=detail&item=nr_20140807_rel_0136.html 

CRP Changes Proposed

With the new Farm Bill, some changes are coming to the Conservation Reserve Program. The Farm Service Agency of USDA says the changes include some that are intended to make CRP more flexible when it comes to emergency haying and grazing in drought-designated areas. Other changes are aimed at getting more of what is considered environmentally sensitive land enrolled in CRP. FSA is seeking input from land owners and producers on the proposed changes. To learn more about the issue and provide comments, go here  http://crpspeis.com/

Water Regulation Proposals Controversial

Many in agriculture are concerned about what is commonly referred to as “The Waters of the U.S. Rule.” This “rule” involves the Clean Water Act, and what many fear is an attempt by EPA to reinterpret the Act in ways that would make even small bodies of water like ditches and ponds subject to regulation and thereby impose new restrictions on common agricultural practices like fertilizer and herbicide application. A public comments period regarding the Clean Water Act proposals is open through Oct. 20. To learn more about the issue and submit your opinions, go here  http://water.epa.gov/lawsregs/guidance/wetlands/CWAwaters.cfm

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