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  • President’s proposed budget unfriendly to agriculture

    Corn farmers, others, distribute letter to lawmakers

    The presses have been ablaze with insight on the President’s recently released proposed fiscal year 2018 budget this week. Making drastic cuts to mandatory and discretionary spending to agriculture, imposing tighter Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) means testing eligibility requirement, and indemnity payments – the proposed number are far from friendly toward agriculture and rural America. Corn Producers Association of Texas (CPAT) has since joined fellow agricultural organizations in the state in sending an letter to Texas delegation in D.C., as well as more than 80 Members of Congress outlining concerns and opposition to the President’s proposed budget.

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  • Texas Corn Producers board member recognized for service

    Dee Vaughan, Texas Corn Producers (TCP) board member, has clocked in countless hours of volunteer work on behalf of farmers year after year. On Feb. 6, the Dumas farmer received recognition for his outstanding service to the agricultural industry at the Southwest Council for Agribusiness’ (SWCA) Ag Issues Summit.

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  • Statement on Governor Perdue’s nomination to be Secretary of Agriculture

    CPAT welcomes Governor Perdue’s nomination to be Secretary of Agriculture.

    Corn Producers Association of Texas (CPAT) President Joe Reed, a farmer from Kress, Texas, congratulates former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue on his nomination to be Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

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  • Proposed mergers by biotechnology firms could result in seed price surge

    Consumers would pay more for food and fiber

    Proposed mergers by the world’s leading biotechnology firms would result in steep price increases farmers pay for cotton seed and small increases in corn and soybean seed, potentially leading to increased consumer prices for food and fiber, according to a study by the Agricultural and Food Policy Center at Texas A&M University. The study was included as part of a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing this week on consolidation in the U.S. seed and agrochemical industry. In a time of challenging low markets and small profit on American farms, it’s important for farmers to ensure proposals, such as these, that will impact the future viability of their farms are fully vetted. CPAT and SWCA see it as imperative to evaluate the potential effect of proposed mergers on the agricultural industry, as requested by farmer members.

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05/26/2017

Moisture Aids Rangeland Recovery

Timely rains are helping rangelands bounce back from wildfire damage. Extension personnel recently shared what they learned from past wildfires in other counties on the Plains and what were some of the challenges, as well as benefits.


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05/26/2017

Corn Decisions

Don't panic -- cold temperatures and medium- to heavy-textured soils have likely slowed the loss of nitrogen from leaching and denitrification this month.


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05/26/2017

Senators: No Farm Bill Cuts

At what he described as the first farm-bill hearing in Washington, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts acknowledged that the national debt is approaching $20 trillion, but he said that, between the savings from the last farm bill and a USDA crop insurance contract negotiation, "Everyone on this committee agrees that ag has already given at the store."


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