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Monthly Archives: November 2010

After being absent for several years, the Wichita Horticulture Committee hosted the Wichita County Pecan Show on Saturday, November 20 at the MPEC in Wichita Falls.

This year’s show featured 13 entries from 8 area growers. Monte Nesbitt, Texas AgriLIFE Extension Service Pecan Specialist served as the judge.

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Now is the time to take part in the Pepsi Refresh Project.

The Pepsi Refresh Project, an effort by the makers of Pepsi to foster innovation in social good, has been giving away $1.3 million every month this year. Money is awarded to the ideas that Americans select as the best in online voting.

There are six categories of ideas: Health, Arts & Culture, Food & Shelter, The Planet, Neighborhoods and Education. Anyone can submit an idea in these categories for a chance to win $250,000, $50,000, $25,000 or $5,000. The top two ideas in the $250,000 category will receive funding. The top 10 ideas in the other categories receive funding.

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is in the lead to win $250,000 this month.

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From farm and ranch to processor and supermarket, Texas agriculture faces unabated change. How it changes in response to current forces–such as environmentalism, new technologies, consumer issues, governmental regulation, and global markets–will profoundly impact life in Texas for years to come. The Texas Agricultural Lifetime Leadership (TALL) program assists people in realizing their potential for leadership during this time of critical change.

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The Wichita Horticulture Committee will be hosting the Wichita County Pecan Show on Saturday, November 20 at the Multi Purpose Events Center in Wichita Falls. The show is open to any county resident with a pecan tree and homeowners are encouraged to participate if they are interested in improving the quality of the pecans on their urban trees.

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The Texas AgriLIFE Extension office in Wichita county will sponsor a pesticide applicator program offering five continuing education units on Monday, November 15. The program will be held at the Texas AgriLIFE Extension Service Wichita County office located at 600 Scott Ave, Suite 200 in Wichita Falls. The training will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 3:30 p.m.

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A new economic analysis by John Dunham and Associates on behalf the American Meat Institute notes that the Proposed GIPSA rule will have unintended consequences throughout this area of Texas and across the nation with meat and poultry prices will increasing by 3.3 percent and cost Americans $2.7 billion in higher prices.

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 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates for Nov. 9 indicate U.S. wheat ending stocks for 2010/11 are projected 5 million bushels lower this month as downward production revisions of 11 million bushels for Hard Red Spring (HRS) wheat and 4 million bushels for durum more than offset higher projected imports. Imports are raised 10 million bushels with increases for Soft Red Winter (SRW) wheat and durum. Exports are unchanged, but shifts among classes result in higher projected exports of Hard Red Winter and HRS wheat and reductions for SRW and durum. The projected season-average price received by producers is narrowed 5 cents on each end of the range to $5.25 to $5.75 per bushel. Heavy early season marketings and forward sales limit upside potential for the season-average farm price.

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