Rain was welcome, but more is needed

The rain we received over the past weekend was very welcome, as some folks had one to two inches, while others received less than that.

Itís a start, however, we remain more than 15 inches below normal for the year, so keep up the rain dances or whatever you can do to help stimulate the clouds to release some of that fruitful moisture that we continue to need so badly.

Tax exempt number now required for ag


Beginning Jan. 1, a person claiming an exemption from sales tax on the purchase of certain items used in the production of agricultural and timber products is required to have a Texas Agriculture and Timber Exemption Registration Number (Ag/Timber Number).

The Comptrollerís office is pleased to announce the availability of the new online application for a registration number at www.getreadytexas.org.

When you apply online, you will get your number at the completion of the application. You will be able to print your confirmation letter and a copy of your application.

A copy of your confirmation letter will be mailed to you for your records.

Along with the online application there is an online search available on www.getreadytexas.org. With this search you will be able to check the status of your Ag/Timber number. Please allow one day processing time before you search for your Ag/Timber number to allow our system to update.

South Texas crop risk management workshop ó Oct. 25

A one day workshop focusing on Crop Risk Management will be held Oct. 25 at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Corpus Christi, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The center is located at 10345 State Highway 44.

The workshop will focus on incorporating crop market outlooks with crop insurance and price risk management tools to help improve overall farm risk management.

The workshop will be conducted by Extension grain and cotton marketing specialists. A new software tool will be demonstrated that will evaluate risk implications with various insurance alternatives. The software will be made available to all workshop participants.

A market outlook for feed grains and cotton will be given with implications for planting and marketing decisions. The workshop will conclude with a hands-on decision exercise where participants will choose crops, insurance products, pre-harvest market strategies and post-harvest marketing strategies.

This exercise is a realistic learning activity designed to integrate the discussion about crop mix, production costs, insurance, marketing and risk.

The registration fee is $20 per participant and includes lunch and workshop materials.

Pre-registration is required as space is limited so make your reservations early by contacting the Nueces County Extension Office at (361) 767-5223.

This workshop is being sponsored by Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Texas Ag Finance, Capital Farm Credit, Frontier Risk Management and Secrest Crop Insurance. Individuals with disabilities, who require an auxiliary aid, service or accommodation in order to participate in any of the mentioned activities, are encouraged to contact the County Extension Office at (361) 767-5223 at least eight days before all programs for assistance.

Educational programs of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service are open to all citizens without regard to race, color, sex, disability, religion, age or national origin.

Jeffrey Stapper is the Agricultural and Natural Resources Agent for Nueces?County. Readers may contact him at (361) 767-5217.