Category Archives: Agriculture News & Information

Applications for Conservation Programs Being Accepted at Austin County Service Center

LOCATION, Date, 2015, – USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) District Conservationist Brad Kieschnick announces applications for funding opportunities with the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) are currently being accepted at the NRCS offices located at 520 South Front Street in Bellville.  Other Agriculture News & InformationAustin County 4-H Awards BanquetSep 3, 2020Austin County Fair 2020-2021 Calf ScrambleSep 2, 2020HOUSTON […]

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Earthworms Are Good for More Than Bait

Why should we care about earthworms?  Most folks think about earthworms when they are heading to a stock tank to go fishing, and need some bait.  Well maybe we should think again, because the earthworm is responsible for a lot of things that help keep our soil healthy enough to grow plants and provide food. Share This ArticleFacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedinemail

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Important ARC/PLC Program Deadlines Approaching

Producers are reminded that the deadline to update yield history and/or reallocate base acres is Feb. 27, 2015. Farm owners and producers can choose between the new 2014 Farm Bill established programs, Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) through March 31, 2015. The new programs, designed to help producers better manage risk, usher in one of the […]

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Multi-Million Dollar Settlements for New Mexico Royalty Owners

Two class action lawsuits have been settled in favor of New Mexico royalty and overriding royalty owners. Devon Energy Corporation and Burlington Resources have settled claims that they underpaid royalties in the San Juan Basin by improperly deducting costs of treating and transporting coalbed methane gas. Share This ArticleFacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedinemail

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Does Drilling Through the Mineral Estate of Another Constitute Trespass?

An interesting case between Lightning oil Company and Anadarko E&P Onshore, LLC is currently  making its way through the Texas judicial system.  The case raises the following question.  Where an oil and gas production company seeks to drill a  horizontal well through the mineral interest of another, in order to produce oil and gas from a lease held by the […]

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Disaster Assistance for Unique Industries

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA today announced that nearly 2,500 applicants will receive disaster assistance through the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) for losses suffered from Oct. 1, 2011, through Sept. 30, 2013. Share This ArticleFacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedinemail

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Farmers Face Important Decisions Under New Farm Bill

The 2014 Farm Bill implemented major changes to commodity programs for United States farmers. Under this new bill, there are numerous decisions that must be made by farmers in the coming months that will impact payments they will receive in the next several years.  It is important for farmers to understand the decisions that must be made and be aware […]

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Utah Federal Court Imposes Limit on Endangered Species Act

A federal district judge in Utah issued an important opinion earlier this month.  The court struck down federal regulation of the Utah prairie dog pursuant to the Endangered Species Act, finding that the federal government lacked the power to regulate the prairie dog that is found only in the state of Utah. Share This ArticleFacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedinemail

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New York Times Article Highlights Surface Owner Hardship in Texas Oil Boom

Last week, the New York Times published an article titled, “A County Resents Oil Drilling, Despite the Money It Brings In.”  The author featured Glasscock County, Texas and, in particular, cotton farmer Dennis Seidenberger.  The article did an excellent job at highlighting the hardships facing surface owners, who do not own any portion of the mineral estate underlying their land, in […]

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