Rural Development Working To Help Small Town Health Organizations

Cactus Health Services in rural Texas was outgrowing its leased facility in a non-commercial area. “All patients in this two-county wide area and then we also get patients from all the way up in the city of Odessa that’s an hour and a half away that come see our federally qualified health center.” And CEO […]

NCBA to Honor Cattle Feeder Hall of Fame Inductees in August

Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame inductees and award winners will be honored in August. The event, August 9, will precede the 2021 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show, to be held in Nashville, Tennessee. The Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame was established in 2009 to honor the exceptional visionary men and women who have […]

NWFC Opportunities Exists For NW Row Crop Growers

As we wrap up our Northwest Farm Credit Services’ Commodity Snapshot Series, we look today at area row crops, onions and potatoes. Bill Perry NWFCS Vice President said their 12 month profitability outlook suggests breakeven onion returns. “Damage to the Texas onion crop during the February cold snap will shrink national onion supplies.  The northwest […]

National Winter Wheat Conditions Behind Average

With drying conditions reported across a fair portion of the country, what impact has that had on winter wheat? “We see 5% of the U.S. winter wheat headed on that date,” noted USDA Meteorologist, Brad Rippey. “The April 11th Average is 7%; last year 6% headed. We see Texas leading the way.” The only other […]

Winter Wheat Continues To Struggle In The South

When it comes to the winter wheat crop nationally, growers in the southern U.S. continue to report poor conditions. “With respect to winter wheat, we’re continuing to watch Texas. 39% of the winter wheat rated in very poor to poor condition on March 7th,” noted USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey. “That is largely a reflection of […]

Wheat Conditions Struggling Nationwide

Nationally, wheat futures have rallied this week, primarily because of the wheat conditions across the Midwest. USDA Outlook Board Chairman, Mark Jekanowski, said for example in Texas only 28% of its wheat crop is rated good to excellent shape. “But it’s still a little bit too early at this point to make any real assessment […]

DeHaan Demand Pushing Oil Prices Higher OPEC May Help This Week

As we start a new months, oil prices continue to move higher. West Texas Crude was trading Monday around $62 per barrel. And Patrick DeHaan with GasBuddy noted that fuel demand, nationally, is at the highest levels reported since the pandemic started. “We are at an intersection now of low supply and high demand, and […]

How Did February’s Storm Impact Winter Wheat

When looking at the national winter wheat crop, USDA Meteorologist, Brad Rippey said the extreme cold weather last month had an impact. “In terms of what happened during the month of February, a little bit of a mixed bag because some areas did get snow that provided great insulation and moisture from that bitterly cold […]

COVID-19 Found in a Cougar at a Wild Animal Exhibitor in Texas

Earlier this week, the USDA confirmed COVID-19 in a cougar at a wild animal exhibit in Texas. A tiger from the same facility was also confirmed positive for COVID-19. USDA said samples from several animals at the facility were taken after showing clinical signs, including coughing and wheezing. The animals are expected to fully recover. […]

Newhouse Named To House Appropriations Subcommittee On Ag

Central Washington Representative Dan Newhouse has been appointed to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, and Food and Drug Administration. Newhouse said he will also continue to serve on the Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies as well as the Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch.  “I am honored to continue […]