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Crockett Police seeking public’s help

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From Staff Reports

CROCKETT – The summer heat seems to have spurred a rash of illegal activity in the area. As of June 13, the Crockett Police Department was asking the community for help in apprehending local lawbreakers.

The man in the first picture is wanted for questioning about a theft from a local business. If you recognize him or his vehicle, you are asked to contact the Crockett Police Department at 936-544-2862 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Wheeler wanted

Angelina County Jail is seeking help in locating James Tad Wheeler, Jr., a 36-yr-old white male, approximately 6’0” 180lb, with light brown/blond hair.Wheeler was in jail for Felony Thefts, Burglaries, Organized Criminal Activity, and Vehicle Theft. If you know the current location of James Tad Wheeler Jr., submit a tip anonymously at 639TIPS.com, use Crime Stoppers’ app (936-639-TIPS), or call (936) 639-TIPS. You’ll see other requests to assist in locating Wheeler, but only tips and calls DIRECTLY to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and reward eligible.

Two suspects wanted

During the night of May 24, 2022, or the morning of May 25, 2022, at least two suspects stole a white 2007 GMC Sierra (Texas License Plate GLK2306) from Lowery’s Automotive, located at 403 East Loop 304. At about 3:45 a.m., the suspects drove the stolen vehicle to Holbrook Electric Company, located at 2301 East Goliad Avenue, where they cut the gate to access several buildings on the property. The suspects stole several thousand dollars worth of tools and equipment from Holbrook Electric Company before fleeing the scene in the stolen vehicle. Neither the stolen vehicle nor the tools and equipment have been recovered.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Crockett Police Department at 936-544-2862. Tips can also be made to Crime Stoppers by phone at 936-639-TIPS or online at 639TIPS.com. Tips to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and reward eligible.

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USDA announces measures to help address threats to food security

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COLLEGE STATION – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will allow Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) participants who are in the final year of their CRP contract to request voluntary termination of their CRP contract following the end of the primary nesting season for fiscal year 2022. Participants approved for this one-time, voluntary termination will not have to repay rental payments, a flexibility implemented this year to help mitigate the global food supply challenges caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine and other factors. Today, USDA also announced additional flexibilities for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP).

“Putin’s unjustified invasion of Ukraine has cut off a critical source of wheat, corn, barley, oilseeds, and cooking oil, and we’ve heard from many producers who want to better understand their options to help respond to global food needs,” said Kelly Adkins, USDA’s Farm Service Agency State Executive Director in Texas. “This announcement will help producers make informed decisions about land use and conservation options.”

FSA is mailing letters to producers with expiring acres that detail this flexibility and share other options, such as re-enrolling sensitive acres in the CRP Continuous signup and considering growing organic crops. Producers will be asked to make the request for voluntary termination in writing through their local USDA Service Center.

If approved for voluntary termination, preparations can occur after the conclusion of the primary nesting season. Producers will then be able to hay, graze, begin land preparation activities and plant a fall-seeded crop before October 1, 2022. For land in colder climates, this flexibility may allow for better establishment of a winter wheat crop or better prepare the land for spring planting.

Organic Considerations

Since CRP land typically does not have a recent history of pesticide or herbicide application, USDA is encouraging producers to consider organic production. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides technical and financial assistance to help producers plan and implement conservation practices, including those that work well for organic operations, such as pest management and mulching. Meanwhile, FSA offers cost-share for certification costs and other fees.

Other CRP Options

Participants can also choose to enroll all or part of their expiring acres into the Continuous CRP signup for 2022. Important conservation benefits may still be achieved by re-enrolling sensitive acres such as buffers or wetlands. Expiring water quality practices such as filter strips, grass waterways, and riparian buffers may be eligible to be reenrolled under the Clean Lakes, Estuaries, and Rivers (CLEAR) and CLEAR 30 options under CRP. Additionally, expiring continuous CRP practices such as shelterbelts, field windbreaks, and other buffer practices may also be re-enrolled to provide benefits for organic farming operations.

If producers are not planning to farm the land from their expiring CRP contract, the Transition Incentives Program (TIP) may also provide them two additional annual rental payments after their contract expires on the condition that they sell or rent their land to a beginning or veteran farmer or rancher or a member of a socially disadvantaged group.

Producers interested in the Continuous CRP signup, CLEAR 30, or TIP should contact FSA by Aug. 5, 2022.

NRCS Conservation Programs

USDA also encourages producers to consider NRCS conservation programs, which help producers integrate conservation on croplands, grazing lands and other agricultural landscapes. EQIP and CSP can help producers plant cover crops, manage nutrients and improve irrigation and grazing systems. Additionally, the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP), or state or private easement programs, may be such an option. In many cases, a combination of approaches can be taken on the same parcel. For example, riparian areas or other sensitive parts of a parcel may be enrolled in continuous CRP and the remaining land that is returned to farming can participate in CSP or EQIP and may be eligible to receive additional ranking points.

Other Flexibilities to Support Conservation

Additionally, NRCS is also offering a new flexibility for EQIP and CSP participants who have cover cropping including in their existing contracts. NRCS will allow participants to either modify their plans to plant a cover crop (and instead shift to a conservation crop rotation) or delay their cover crop plans a year, without needing to terminate the existing contract. This will allow for flexibility to respond to market signals while still ensuring the conservation benefits through NRCS financial and technical assistance for participating producers.

More Information
Producers and landowners can learn more about these options by contacting FSA and NRCS at their local USDA Service Center.
USDA touches the lives of all Americans each day in so many positive ways. In the Biden-Harris Administration, USDA is transforming America’s food system with a greater focus on more resilient local and regional food production, fairer markets for all producers, ensuring access to safe, healthy and nutritious food in all communities, building new markets and streams of income for farmers and producers using climate smart food and forestry practices, making historic investments in infrastructure and clean energy capabilities in rural America, and committing to equity across the Department by removing systemic barriers and building a workforce more representative of America. To learn more, visit usda.gov.

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Assistance announced for drought recovery from USDA

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060922 drought assistance LFP provides payments to eligible livestock producers and contract growers who also produce forage crops for grazing and suffered losses due to a qualifying drought or fire during the normal grazing period for the county. Courtesy photo

COLLEGE STATION – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) is now accepting applications for the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) to provide financial assistance to eligible livestock producers for 2022 grazing losses due to a qualifying drought or wildfire.

The deadline to apply for 2022 LFP assistance is Jan. 30, 2023. To date, 225 Texas counties have met the drought severity levels that trigger LFP eligibility for the 2022 program year. For LFP, qualifying drought triggers are determined using the U.S. Drought Monitor.

Visit the FSA LFP webpage for a list of eligible counties and grazing crops. “Persistent severe and extreme drought conditions in Texas have caused substantial economic distress for agricultural and livestock producers” said Kelly Adkins, State Executive Director for the FSA in Texas. “Eligible producers are encouraged to contact their local FSA office to schedule an appointment to apply for LFP drought recovery assistance.” LFP provides payments to eligible livestock producers and contract growers who also produce forage crops for grazing and suffered losses due to a qualifying drought or fire during the normal grazing period for the county. Eligible livestock include alpacas, beef cattle, buffalo/ bison, beefalo, dairy cattle, deer, elk, emus, equine, goats, llamas, reindeer or sheep that have been or would have been grazing the eligible grazing land or pastureland during the normal grazing period.

To expedite the application process, producers are encouraged to gather and submit records documenting 2022 losses. Supporting documents may include information related to grazing leases, contract grower agreements, and more.

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PWFAA announces concert series

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06092022 wishbone hazeWishbone Haze will perform June 17 at the Davy Crockett Park in Crockett. Courtesy photo

By Jan White
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CROCKETT – The Piney Woods Fine Arts Association’s Summer Concert Series has become an annual summer favorite. What’s more fun than piling some lawn chairs and a cooler filled with your favorite beverages and snacks into the car and heading to Davy Crockett Park for an evening full of fun and music.

Double Vision, the Foreigner tribute band, performed on June 3, the first of three outdoor concerts held on Friday night during the month of June.

On Friday, June 17, Wishbone Haze, a local favorite, will take the stage, and on June 24, Band on the Run- The Beatles and Beyond will bring back memories of the most influential rock bands of all time.

The organizers encourage everyone to come and join the fun at 8 p.m. at the concert stage in the city park for these shows.

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Legendary songwriter playing Camp Street

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CROCKETT – Live music lovers have the opportunity to catch the legendary singer/songwriter Shake Russell at Camp Street Café this Saturday.

Russell, who has performed at the venue before, will take the Camp Street stage at 8 p.m.

The concert will showcase a performer and songsmith with more than 50 years of experience to draw from.

Russell is best-known to mainstream audiences for co-writing such songs as Clint Black’s hit “Put Yourself in My Shoes,” has released 30 albums in his career.

His tunes have also been recorded by artists ranging from Ricky Skaggs, who made a hit with his “You’ve Got a Lover” to Miranda Lambert.
His latest album is titled Chasing the Song, and according to a news release from Camp Street about the show, Russell’s new record showcases “a delightful array of original compositions” that display his talents.

Russell’s sturdy folk-rock style falls under the “Americana” banner in today’s musical marketplace, and among his accolades, he has been a two-time recipient of the BMI Millionaire Award and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Texas Music Association.

Russell has performed solo, as well as with bands and often as a duo with fellow singer/songwriter Dana Cooper. Admission to see Russell on Saturday is $27.50.

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