The Golden Spread Agri-Business Hour


Listen weekday mornings from 5am-6am for the latest Agri-business news updates with James Hunt and Tony Klein. James and Tony will keep you informed with Ag news headlines, featured stories, weather news and stock reports concerning Agri-business.

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Master Marketer Enrollment

Enrollment is underway for the next edition of Texas A&M AgriLife’s Master Marketer Program. Classes will begin in January of 2015. The program offers participants education on a variety of ways to strengthen their risk management skills. Past graduates report increasing their personal profits by an average of more than $33,000 a year. For more information about Master Marketer, go here

Randall County Ag Show/Crops Tour

The annual Randall County Ag Show and Crops Tour is Sept. 23. Activities will begin with registration at 8:30 a.m. at the AgriLife Extension office in Canyon with presentations on a variety of topics including weed control, farm insurance requirements for the new farm bill, new water laws and regulations, and an update on the dairy plant that is coming to Canyon. Following the presentations, participants will tour local operations for demonstrations on range and pasture aeration, tillage and deficit irrigation effects on sorghum, and planting methods for irrigated sorghum. The event is free and includes a lunch. An RSVP to the Randall County Extension Office by Sept. 17 is requested.  For more information, go here

Dairy Day Coming Soon

The annual Southwest Dairy Day is scheduled Oct. 8 at the Del Rio Dairy near Friona. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and the Gingg family are hosting the event. For more information, go here


USDA Proposal Worries Cattlemen

The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, a division of USDA, has proposed allowing fresh beef from Argentina to be imported into the United States. On the KGNC Golden Spread Agribusiness Update, the president of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association said the organization is working to prevent the APHIS proposal from being implemented. Pete Bonds said TSCRA is concerned that introducing Argentinean beef to the U.S. will create the potential for an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease. A comments period is underway regarding the APHIS proposal. If you would like more information and an opportunity to submit comments, go here

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 

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

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