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KGNC's James Hunt to Moderate Roundtable Discussion on Water Use in Agriculture

“Water and the Future of Farming on the Plains” is the title for a roundtable discussion Saturday, February 7 at 10 a.m. the downtown branch of the Amarillo Public Library.

KGNC Agribusiness Director James Hunt will serve as moderator for the event, which is free and open to the public. James says, “I hope to see many of my friends in agriculture at that event, but it’s primary purpose is to help the general public – the people who aren’t involved in farming – to get a better understanding of how much water from the Ogallala is being used by agriculture and the dedicated effort of agriculture to use less of that resource. We have a great panel assembled for our discussion.”

Panelists include:

  • Dr. Nolan Clark, Panhandle Regional Water Planning Group Agricultural Water Demands and Projections Committee chair; also former director of the USDA-ARS lab in Bushland 
  • Dr. Dave Brauer, U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service soil and water management research unit leader
  • Danny Krienke, past president of the North Plains Groundwater Conservation District, past chairman of Groundwater Management Area 1, current member of Panhandle Regional Water Planning Group
  • Dale Artho, past chairman of the U.S. Grains Council, founding member of the United Sorghum Checkoff Program board of directors

Texas Legislature Approves $53 Million for New WTAMU Ag Complex

With the Texas Legislature underway, a big local consideration is funding for a proposed $53 million ag complex at West Texas A&M University to replace current facilities that the university says are not keeping up with explosive ag program enrollment.

On the KGNC Agribusiness Hour, Dr. Lance Kieth, a professor of ag education and a department head at WT said the university is seeking funding through a tuition revenue bond.

"Tuition revenue bonds are a Texas thing," Dr. Kieth said, "and this is all institutions in Texas. It's not just WT, so even the University of Texas, Texas A&M are a part of this big pot of money. We want everyone to win on this deal."

The Texas Legislature does run into late May, and Dr. Kieth said any decision on funding for the project will likely come late in the session. But WT officials are optimistic about securing funding. As for those facilities the new complex would replace: Dr. Kieth says they’ll be put to use for instructional purposes in areas such as biology, math, and chemistry, which are also growing at WT.

UPDATED: 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


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


And for cotton-specific information from the National Cotton Council, go here http://www.cotton.org/issues/stax-farm-bill-meetings.cfm 

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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