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Feb. 1, 2019, 1:14 p.m. -- This report was revised to update new anticipated release date for the 2017 Census of Agriculture.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will not be releasing its five-year national farm census on time.

The USDA’s 2017 Census of Agriculture report was due to be released  on Feb. 21. That was, until the partial government shutdown got in the way.

Some FSA offices have been providing limited services for existing loans and tax documents since Jan. 17 But  US Agriculture Commissioner Sonny Perdue says all FSA offices in the country will reopen Thursday, Jan. 24.

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The atypical weather across of Texas this year  has thrown several of the state’s biggest cash crops out of joint. The USDA’s October crop production report finds cotton, soybean, and peanut crops down notably from a year ago.

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Feeding America

Nearly 2 million households in Texas are considered “food insecure” by the US Department of Agriculture.  On Wednesday, the USDA released a study of how many American households either cannot easily afford or have limited access to food. That study found that 14 percent of Texas households were considered food insecure through 2017. That compares to a national average of just below 12 percent.

According to a press release the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) applications in 30 counties across Texas as part of the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) efforts supported by the Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture (OPJV) – Grassland Restoration Incentives Program (GRIP) Partnership.

One Texas crop had an unremarkable week. Another had a pretty good one.

One of the three solar farms under consideration in Hunt County looks to be a go. On Wednesday, the USDA approved a 96-acre solar farm off County Road 10-61 just north of Greenville.

The 10-megawatt site is projected to cost about 12 and a half million dollars to build. No word on what exactly it will power but the farm could provide some tax money to benefit the Greenville ISD.

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Texas Tech Photo

Update, May 11, 9:04 a.m.: Regan Beck, director of government affairs at The Texas Farm Bureau, responded to calls from KETR after this story was published. In regards to Dr. Brashears' nomination, he said she was "the right person for the right job." Regarding the questions about her ties to the ag industry, Beck said her ties are "a plus," because she understands how the industry works and what it needs to make the food supply safer.

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Photo by Noah Buscher

Farm income is going down, according to the US Department of Agriculture. The agency is projecting a nearly 7 percent drop in farm income this year. 

Texas farmers paid less to operate their farms last year, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

14 Counties Eligible For Drought Loans

Mar 16, 2017
Announcement of drought loans given to Delta County
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Delta County Judge Jason Murray was recently informed by the Texas Department of Public Safety that Delta County has been designated eligible to apply for low-interest emergency disaster loans due to drought conditions.

On February 23, 2017 there were 14 Texas counties designated as “primary natural disaster areas.” This was due to drought conditions that existed since November 1, 2016. These counties included are: Bowie, Camp, Cass, Delta, Franklin, Harrison, Hopkins, Hunt, Lamar, Marion, Morris, Red River, Titus and Upshur.

Milo could be seen across the land in Delta County this summer.
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Farmers and ranchers have until Wednesday, Sept. 30 to enroll in several key Farm Bill Safety Net Programs. U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini stated these programs are: Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC), Price Loss Coverage (PLC) and the Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy).