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Texas Wildfires & Drought Tax Information

Date: Friday, February 10th, 2012

Source:  AgriLife Today

Extreme weather conditions in 2011 caused havoc for Texas agricultural producers with property damage and forced early livestock liquidations, according to a Texas AgriLife Extension Service specialist in Amarillo.

Such unplanned events often create more revenue than usual in a given year, generating income tax issues, said DeDe Jones, AgriLife Extension risk management specialist in Amarillo and co-author of a newly released publication.

The publication, “Texas Panhandle Producers Face Tax Implications from Drought-Related Losses,” will help producers walk through several scenarios as they sort through the many decisions they will face at tax time, Jones said.

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A copy of the publication, along with other drought resources, can be found at:

http://agecoext.tamu.edu/drought


Feb 17 – Tax workshop aims to help landowners recoup drought and wildfire losses

Date: Friday, January 27th, 2012

Source:  Texas Forest Service

New timber tax laws could allow landowners to recoup some of the losses they sustained from the relentless drought and devastating wildfire season that plagued Texas during the last year.

The workshop is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17 at the Lottie and Arthur Temple Civic Center, 601 Dennis St., Diboll, Texas. Registration is $70 and includes lunch and a workbook.

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For more information or to register, go to http://texasforestservice.tamu.edu/timbertaxworkshop. Or, contact Staff Assistant Monica Jadlowski at 979-458-6630 or mjadlowski@tfs.tamu.edu.

*Note: Landowners who have been affected by drought may also want to attend the Texas Forest Service Drought Symposium on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lottie and Arthur Temple Civic Center in Diboll. For more information or to register for the Drought Symposium, contact Forester & Farm Bill Coordinator Shane Harrington at 936-546-1470 or sharrington@tfs.tamu.edu.


East Texas Spring Landscape & Garden Conference – Feb. 11 in Tyler

Date: Friday, January 27th, 2012

Source:  AgriLife Today

Held at the Tyler Rose Garden Center, 420 Rose Park Dr., registration for the program will be $35, payable at the door by cash or check only and will include a hot lunch. Registration will start at 7:30 a.m, with the program concluding at about 3:30 p.m.

A variety of subjects will be discussed including how to help homeowners and gardeners cope with drought conditions and water restrictions, plus some other fun and interesting topics.

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For Wildfire Activity & Reports – “Like” the Texas Forest Service on Facebook

Date: Thursday, January 5th, 2012

Source:  The Texas Forest Service

“Like” the Texas Forest Service page on Facebook to connect to up-to-the-minute reports about wildfires, drought and more.

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“Like” Texas EDEN on Facebook for news and links to credible and reliable information related to disaster preparedness, mitigation and recovery.

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Infographic: Wildfire Impact on Texas

Date: Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Source:  Office of the Governor

Infographic displaying statistics from the 2011 Texas Wildfires.

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Wildfire Survivors Should Consider Flood Insurance

Date: Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Source:  FEMA.gov

Flood protection might be the last concern of Texas wildfire survivors these days. Yet Texans — even those who live in areas not rated at high risk of flooding — should consider purchasing a flood insurance policy now.

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Will My Tree Make It? Assessing Pine and Shade Tree Damage From Drought

Date: Friday, December 9th, 2011

Source:  Texas Forest Service

Assessing trees damaged or killed by drought can be tricky, according to Dr. Ronald Billings, Texas Forest Service Forest Health Manager. He suggests grouping the trees into three different categories — definitely dead, likely to live and questionable — to help with the task.

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Preventing Soil Erosion with Proposed Cover Crop System

Date: Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Source:  AgriLife Today

“Lots of problems, both environmental and financial are solved,” says Dr. Jamie Foster, a Texas AgriLife Research forage agronomist in Beeville. “It reduces erosion, soil moisture loss and nitrogen loss. It improves organic matter in soil which means the soil is holding carbon. That reduces carbon emissions, greenhouse gasses and global warming. Plus, hay sales and grazing can increase incomes. That’s a lot of wins.”

Yet another plus could be that legumes break up insect pest cycles, Foster said.

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Best Hay to Use During Drought

Date: Monday, October 31st, 2011

Source:  AgriLife Today

An inexpensive hay test can offer the best guidance as to how much supplemental feed is required for a beef cattle herd, and at the same time, save ranchers money, according to a Texas AgriLife Research scientist.

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Hiring Contractors to Rebuild after Texas Wildfires

Date: Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Source: FEMA.gov, TexasBuilders.org

The following release contains important reminders for homeowners, affected by the Texas Wildfires, to use during the rebuilding process.

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In addition to the tips provided, new statutory requirements in Texas became effective Sept. 1, 2011. HB 1711 requires that in disaster areas, certain contracts must be in writing and contractors cannot require any payment upfront unless they have had a physical business address in the county where the natural disaster occurred or an adjacent county for at least one year. This requirement should help prevent fly-by-night contractors/builders from defrauding homeowners. More information about HB 1711 and hiring a contractor can be found on the Texas Association of Builders website.

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