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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Ranch Management Event Aug. 18

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension is conducting an event for cattlemen called Panhandle Ranch Management. Topics to be covered include animal health and nutrition, rangeland management, herbicide use, options for leasing grazing land, and how to handle oil and gas contracts for your operation.  The program will be August 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the AgriLife Center in Amarillo. There is no cost, three CEUs will be offered, and an RSVP is requested by August 14. For more information, go here

A Breakthrough For Wheat

There has been a scientific breakthrough in wheat. In her weekly report for KGNC, Steelee Fischbacher of Texas Wheat Producers announced that a draft wheat genome sequence has been published by a consortium that has been working on the project for more than ten years. Fischbacher said the project is taking so long because of wheat’s genetic composition is very intricate. “The wheat genome is more complex than even humans’ and is more complex than any of the other field crops.” The project is expected to take three more years, but Fischbacher said, “Once they get this genome mapped, it’s going to speed up the wheat breeding process,” resulting in quicker development of new varieties with greater strength in aspects such as yield capacity, heat tolerance, and disease resistance.  

Water District Schedules Hearing

A public hearing is scheduled concerning upcoming changes to the High Plains Water District’s rules and management plan. The hearing will be in Canyon on Tuesday,  August 5 at the Randall County Extension office from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. For more information about the proposed changes and how to submit comments regarding the proposals, go here,-2014/

County Committee Nominations

The USDA-Farm Service Agency will begin accepting nominations for the upcoming FSA county committee elections. In order to serve on an FSA county committee, a candidate must be someone who is actually participating in or cooperating in an FSA program and must be eligible to vote in a county committee election. To learn more about county committee service and the nomination process, go here


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