Cotton Crop Management Seminar Coming Up

Producers, Consultants and extension agents from the southeast area invited to a seminar on cotton crop management November 12th and 13th at the Tifton Campus Conference Center in Tifton, Georgia.  Cotton Inc. is sponsoring the conference, and it is free to attend, with meals provided.  To learn more visit

USDA to Open Comment Period on Second Beef Checkoff

USDA said it will move ahead with its plan to create a separate beef checkoff in the absence of consensus from the industry as to how to overhaul the existing program.

The agency will file a notice in the Federal Register sometime in early November seeking comments on its proposal, a USDA spokesman confirmed. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack said earlier this month he’d create the parallel program if industry members couldn’t reach consensus on the existing checkoff’s reforms.

Another Reason to Vote Republican

Look for a republican senate—if one’s elected—to try to de-fund EPA’s controversial Water of the U.S. rule next year.

It’s unlikely in a lame duck senate, where lawmakers are expected to simply extend a stop-gap spending bill or pass a catch-all omnibus spending bill for the rest of the fiscal year. But, efforts to block funding for EPA’s controversial proposed Waters of the U.S. rule could gain steam next year, if a GOP senate is elected.'

A native of the Texas Panhandle, Rhonda was born and raised on a cotton farm where she saw cotton farming evolve from ditch irrigation to center pivot irrigation and harvest trailers to modules. After graduating from Texas Tech University, she got her start in radio with KGNC News Talk 710 in Amarillo, Texas.