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2013 ACRE payments released

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that FSA has begun distributing Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) payments for revenue losses associated with certain crops in Texas.

Discontinued by the 2014 Farm Bill, the ACRE program provided producers with protection from revenue losses for crops grown in 2009-2013.

Crops eligible for October payments in Texas include barley, irrigated corn, grain sorghum, wheat and non-irrigated cotton grown in the 2013 crop year.  More than 10,000 producers in Texas enrolled more than 2.8 million acres in ACRE.  The Budget Control Act passed by Congress in 2011 requires these payments to be reduced by 5.1 percent.

For more information on ACRE, producers should contact their local FSA office or visit FSA's website at www.fsa.usda.gov.

USDA unites with NFWF in Gulf of Mexico restoration

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has partnered with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) in support of the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem restoration as a result of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill.

The new partnership will significantly expand conservation efforts with private landowners and operators who might not otherwise be eligible to participate in existing recovery programs. The partnership will begin with a $20 million investment from NFWF, matched by a $20 million investment from NRCS. Additional commitments of up to $30 million from each partner are possible over the next four years, according to the USDA.

Conservation projects will enhance existing recovery efforts in Louisiana, Alabama, Florida, Mississippi and Texas with potential projects of wetlands, stream and riparian, farm and ranch land protection such as improving soil health, implementing no-till farming and enhancing wildlife habitat.

More information on the projects will be available through NRCS in the five Gulf of Mexico states.

Workshop focus is boosting aquaculture business

Aquaculturists serious about using the Internet and social media as an inexpensive way to bolster business should mark their calendars for the Dec. 11 workshop, “Using the Internet to Grow Aquaculture Sales,” said the workshop’s coordinator.

The workshop is being conducted by the National Aquaculture Association and hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service from noon-5 p.m. in Room 302 of Nagle Hall, located on the Texas A&M University campus at College Station.

“Many aquaculture producers are hesitant to use electronic media,” said Dr. Todd Sink, AgriLife Extension fisheries specialist at College Station and the workshop’s coordinator. “So this workshop is meant to provide aquaculture producers and support industries with the knowledge and skills to use electronic media to showcase their products more successfully, grow their businesses and help shape the public perception of aquaculture.”

Space is limited to 22 registrants, so prospective participants should register soon, said Sink.

Registration forms for the free workshop are available at http://fisheries.tamu.edu/events/ and due by Dec. 1. The completed forms should be emailed to Sink at Todd-Sink@tamu.edu.


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