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Initial Texas agricultural loss estimates from Uri exceed $600 million

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Winter Storm Uri, which blasted through the entire state of Texas, caused at least $600 million in agricultural losses, according to preliminary data from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agricultural economists. “A large number of Texas farmers, ranchers and others involved in commercial agriculture and agricultural production were seriously affected by Winter Storm Uri,” said Jeff Hyde, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension director, Bryan-College Station. “Freezing temperatures and ice killed or harmed many of their crops and livestock as well as causing financial hardships and operational setbacks. And the residual costs from the disaster could plague many producers for years to come.”
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NRCS seeks feedback from farmers, ranchers

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Natural Resources Conservation Service is providing Archer County farmers and ranchers the ability to share their opinion for the 2021 Local Work Group. Your opinion helps NRCS and the Archer County Soil and Water Conservation District on how to best set priorities and locally implement conservation practices. Feedback forms are available at the Archer City USDA field office at 313 W Main, Archer City, TX 76351. You can also complete the feedback form by emailing Adam Durham at adam.durham@usda.gov. All feedback forms must be completed by March 31, 2021. Contact Adam Durham at 940-574-2566 ext 3, if you have any questions.
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Archer City to contract for water plant operations

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The City of Archer City's licensed water operator Billy Ballard retired at the end of January. A licensed water operator is required so the City of Archer City was searching for a replacement. In the absence of a qualified candidate the City Council on Thursday, Feb. 25, in the regular monthly meeting approved a contract with FS Water Specialist to operate the new water plant and also provide licensed oversight of the sewer facilities.