Texas Corn Producers to Host Farm Bill Education Meeting Oct 18

Texas Corn Producers to Host Farm Bill Education Meeting in El Campo – October 18th

By Corrie Bowen
County Extension Agent
Wharton County

 

Texas Corn Producers has asked Extension Agents to help promote a Farm Bill Educational Meeting coming to El Campo, October 18th.  It will be on Friday, October 18th from 9:00am to 11:00am at the El Campo Civic Center, 2350 N Mechanic St, El Campo. The meeting will be in the Duson Room.

Texas Corn Producers is hosting Farm Bill workshops that will guide you through the process of making important farm program decisions specific to your farming operation.

Joe Outlaw, Ph.D., and Bart Fischer, Ph.D., will walk you through the decision-making process using the latest farm bill decision aid tool offered by the Ag and Food Policy Center at Texas A&M University in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Although 2019 enrollment opened Sept. 3, 2019 and must occur first, a producer waiting until Oct. 7, 2019 to enroll is afforded the opportunity to enroll in either ARC or PLC for both 2019 and 2020 during the same USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) office visit.

For more information about the planned workshops, please visit www.TexasCorn.org . For more information on the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs, visit the FSC ARC/PLC website at https://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/arcplc_program/index?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

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Cotton, Grain Risk Management Workshop Oct 17

Cotton, grain risk management workshop October 17th at Wharton Fairgrounds

Corrie Bowen
County Extension Agent
Wharton County

A cotton and grain risk management marketing workshop is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 17 at the Wharton County Fairgrounds in Crescent, Texas.  The Wharton County Fairgrounds is located at 6036 FM 961 Rd. Registration begins at 8 a.m.  Our first presentation will begin at 8:30 a.m.

The workshop is sponsored by the Wharton County AgriLife Extension Office and the Wharton County Row Crops Committee.

“This is an excellent opportunity to be briefed on the need for budgeting, decision tools, outlook and making marketing plans for the next crop year,” said Mac Young, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program specialist, Corpus Christi.

The following is a schedule of speakers and topics:

Budgeting and Decision Tools, Mac Young.

Cotton Outlook, Dr. John Robinson, AgriLife Extension Cotton Marketing Economist.

Grain Outlook, Dr. Mark Welch, Extension Economist – Grain Marketing.

Marketing Strategies, Robinson and Welch.

‘What If” Scenarios, Discussion and Questions, Robinson and Welch

The workshop will conclude at 12:00 p.m. with a meal. Please RSVP by calling Stacey at 979-532-3310 by 12 noon on Wednesday, October 16th.

 

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CORRIE BOWEN
CEA – Agriculture and Natural Resources
cbowen@ag.tamu.edu
979-532-3310
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Wharton County Extension Quarterly Report Jun-Aug 2019

The Wharton County Extension Office staff are excited to share with you their programming accomplishments in the last quarter from June – August 2019.

Ag/Timber Numbers Must Be Renewed Every Four Years

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Ag/Timber Numbers Must Be Renewed Every Four Years
Current Registrations Expire December 31, 2019

By Corrie Bowen
County Extension Agent
Wharton County

 

Farmers, ranchers and timber producers can claim exemptions from some Texas taxes when purchasing certain items used exclusively to produce agricultural and timber products for sale.  But first, they have to obtain an Agricultural and Timber registration number.  Agricultural and Timber Registration Numbers (Ag/Timber Numbers) are issued by the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts.  This registration number must be renewed every four years, regardless of when those numbers were first issued. The current numbers expire Dec. 31, 2019.

To continue claiming the exemption on qualifying purchases on or after Jan. 1, 2020, agricultural and timber producers must renew their current Ag/Timber Number. The Texas Comptrollers Office began posting the renewal information on their website in early September, and letters will be sent to those who have Ag/Timber Numbers to explain the renewal process.  I’m writing this news article, because I received my renewal letter last week.  And, before my renewal letter got lost in the pile of mail on the kitchen counter, I went ahead and renewed my registration, today!

It was extremely easy to renew my Ag/Timber registration.  Back when these registration numbers were first issued in 2012, I was curious just how the Texas Comptroller was going to handle the renewal process, because I probably wasn’t going to be able to locate my account password four years later.  But that wasn’t the case.  When the first 4-year renewal came around (that was in 2015), I found it very easy to renew my registration, and that was no different when I renewed today.  There was no need to locate the password that I wrote down, somewhere, in 2012!  The Texas Comptroller offers three methods to renew:  Telephone, WebFile, and Mail.  I opted to call the toll-free number.  All I had to do was enter my 11-digit registration number, and I was done.  I’ll be watching for my new registration card to arrive in the mailbox.

To learn more about the Texas Comptroller’s Ag/Timber registration renewal, go to https://www.comptroller.texas.gov/taxes/ag-timber/

At this site you’ll also find a list of the items that are exempt from sales tax when used exclusively on a farm or ranch to produce agricultural products for sale and purchased by a person with a current Ag/Timber Number.  This site also has the information on how to apply for an Ag/Timber registration for the first time.

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Ground Applications of 2,4-D Allowable by Permit in Wharton County beginning Sep 9th

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Ground Applications of 2,4-D Allowable by Permit in Wharton County beginning September 9th

By Corrie Bowen
County Extension Agent
Wharton County

The Texas Department of Agriculture has granted the suspension of a rule regarding the application dates of 2,4-D in Wharton County – Section 7.53(oo)(1) and (2) of the special provisions for Wharton County of the Texas Pesticide Laws and Regulations.  The suspension allows for the ground application of 2,4-D and 2,4-D containing herbicides by permit on the west side of the Colorado River in Wharton County beginning Monday, September 9, 2019.    Ground applications of 2,4-D on the east side of the Colorado River in Wharton County are already permissible under rule 7.53(oo)(1).  All other applicable rules for Wharton County continue in effect.  Pesticide applicators are urged to pay special attention to 7.53(oo)(4) “In no case shall 2,4-D be used to treat any area that is nearer than two miles to any susceptible crop”.  Pay close attention that this rule suspension granted by TDA only allows the application of 2,4-D by ground application only beginning September 9th.  The aerial application of 2,4-D in Wharton county continues to be prohibited until September 15th on the east side of the Colorado River and until October 1st on the West side of the Colorado River.  Also note in rule 7.50 (b) (3) that the use of any turbine or blower-type ground application equipment to apply regulated herbicides is prohibited.

Also, in a regulated county such as Wharton County, no person shall spray regulated herbicides (2,4-D, dicamba, MCPA, or quinclorac) when the wind velocity exceeds 10 miles per hour or as specified on the product label, if the label is more restrictive.  Regulated Herbicide Spray Permit applications are available at the Wharton Co. Extension Office, or by logging-on at http://texasagriculture.gov/Portals/0/forms/PEST/Applicator/spraypermitq820.pdf

TDA Pesticide license holders are required to submit a regulated herbicide spray permit when 2,4-D, dicamba, MCPA, or quinclorac will be sprayed in a regulated county.  The submission of the regulated spray permit pertains  to 2,4-D, but also when spraying dicamba, MCPA, or quinclorac in Wharton County.  Completed Regulated Herbicide Spray Permit applications can be faxed to the TDA Regional Office in Houston at (888) 223-5606.

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