|Emergency Need For Blood Donors|
|URGENT NEED FOR BLOOD DONATIONS -- recent accidents and heavy blood usage have resulted in an urgent need for type O- and an immediate need for types O+ and A-. If you are one of these blood types, please donate at your earliest convenience. We are open at the blood center, 7500 Wallace Blvd., until 5:30pm today, 8:00am-4:30pm on Friday and 8:00am-12:00pm on Saturday. We will also be at Westgate Mall for our Annual Mother's Day Blood Drive this Saturday from 10:00am-6:00pm at Center Court. For a complete list of mobiles in your area, visit www.thegiftoflife.org and click on blood drive calendar. Thank you, in advance, for your immediate help!|
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Amarillo native Ryan Palmer got off to a fast start at the AT&T Byron Nelson Invitational in Dallas as he is currently tied for third after one round. Palmer shot a five-under 65 for the round as he is just three strokes behind leader Steven Bowditch and one stroke behind Jimmy Walker for second. Palmer will tee off for the second round today at 12:40 pm.
After allowing 4 runs in the 11th inning, the Amarillo Thunderheads fell for the second straight night as the St. Paul Saints picked up an 8-4 win in extra innings. Geraldo Valentin went 3 for 4 with a solo homer in the first in the lost. The Thunderheads drop their overall record to 3-4 on the season. They will be back in action at home tonight against the Lincoln Saltdogs at 7:05 pm.
In high school baseball playoff action yesterday, Hawley defeated West Texas High 6-3 in game one of their series with game two Saturday at 1 pm and the Booker-Miles game was postponed twice as now the game will be played this morning at 11. Also in action today, Randall will take on Fort Worth Arlington Heights at noon and Canyon will take on Aledo in Wilder Park at 3 pm.
According to the Amarillo Globe News, former Panhandle head football coach Ricky Peacock has been named the new athletic director and head football coach at McCamey. Peacock coached eight seasons at Panhandle compiling a 51-37 record and five appearences in the playoffs. He has also coached at Sterling City, Leakey, and Nazareth earning 116 wins in 17 years.
With two games remaining in the regular season, the Amarillo Venom are in "win now" mode as they are on the road this Saturday against the Sioux City Bandits. The Venom enter the game at 6-4 overall and are sitting in sixth place in the league standings. Kickoff for the game will be at 7:05 pm.
We have been surrounded by news lately regarding the massive flooding that has taken place downstate. Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller told KGNC a total of 46 counties have been engulfed by water and out of those, 43 are primarily rural.
Looking at agricultural communities like these, Commissioner Miller said there are a lot of things that can be affected that you don’t normally think about. “You think about evacuating people, but there’s also dead animals that need to be buried, and stray animals that need to be off the highways, and we have pets that we’ve got to assimilate and see if we can put them back with their owners. Somebody’s got to get the pine trees off the railroad tracks so we can deliver chicken feed in East Texas and things like that.”
To alleviate some of this burden, “we have disaster relief funds. That’s several million dollars available to counties and cities that have suffered major disaster and we can reimburse them for infrastructure costs, like culverts washing out in the county or road and bridge repairs,” said Miller.
Along with that government assistance there is also a special fund known as the State of Texas Agriculture Relief Fund, or STAR fund. “It’s money given to us for disaster relief by farmers and ranchers and agribusiness. It’s farmers helping farmers, and ranchers helping ranchers, and you can apply for these funds [to help] reimburse replacing fences and that damage to infrastructure on the farm or ranch.”
Commissioner Miller is encouraging anyone who can donate to the STAR fund to do so at the texasagriculture.gov website. However, if you are a farmer or rancher in a disaster area, Commissioner Miller said, “We need you to pitch-in. We need the front end loaders and the tractors. Our volunteers and responders need that machinery to remove these drifts and piles. We still have people missing. We’re hopeful that there will be some survivors, but even if not we still want to recover those bodies and get them back to their families.”
For more information regarding donations or how to apply for assistance you can visit the Texas Department of Agriculture website at https://www.texasagriculture.gov/NewsEvents/NewsEventsDetails/tabid/76/Article/2788/Commissioner-Miller-Encourages-Texans-to-Help-Those-Devastated-by-Deadly-Tornad.aspx
The Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin issued by USDA illustrates the impact of all that rain we’ve been getting. Click here to see all the charts and data
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension is offering a one-day training for integrated pest management coordinators on June 11 in Amarillo. The fee is $135. For more information and to register, go here
As farmers continue adapting to the new farm bill, there is news from Texas Corn Producers concerning the Agricultural Risk Coverage Program. TCP is advising producers of corn and other commodities to check their farm program selections due to changes the Farm Service Agency has made to yields. For more information, go here
The KGNC Golden Spread Agribusiness Hour is your daily opportunity to hear from agriculture newsmakers from around the region. The program airs Monday through Friday from 5 a.m. to 6 a.m. on KGNC-AM.
In addition to bringing you the insights of ag experts from around the High Plains region, our show also offers up-to-the-minute market information, veterinary news, wildlife reports, and features that explore the daily endeavor of those good people – the farmers and livestock producers – who provide us with the food and fiber we all need.
If you are unable to listen to the Agribusiness Hour live, remember you can hear recordings of past programs in podcast form by going here: http://multimedia.kgncam.com/audio/ag.htm