Since the turn of the year, Congress and the Trump administration have been haggling over legislative priorities. Many issues are on the agenda, from health care to infrastructure, but there has been little mention of a key priority: The 2018 farm bill.

  • By COREY PAUL Odessa American via The Associated Press

ODESSA – Congressman Mike Conaway said he expects to release a massive farm bill in the coming months that seeks to reauthorize and reform food assistance programs this year, but revealed little on Monday about any potential cuts.

PALO PINTO – A pesticide continuing education workshop will take place Thursday, Jan. 18, at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Building.

Wilburn Zuber, of Mineral Wells, is a new member of the American Angus Association, reports Allen Moczygemba, CEO of the national breed organization headquartered in Saint Joseph, Mo.

topical featured

Edward L. Lee, of Mineral Wells, has been elected as an alternate delegate to the 134rd Annual American Angus Association Convention of Delegates taking place Nov. 6 at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth.

topical featured
  • From Staff Reports

Congressman Mike Conaway and Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller last week applauded the decision by the Environmental Protection Agency to repeal the President Obama administration-era Clean Water Rule and revisit the definition of waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) before creating new rules.

  • By Martin C. Heller | Senior Research Specialist, Center for Sustainable Systems, University of Michigan; JB Ruhl | Professor of Law; Director, Program on Law and Innovation; Co-director, Energy, Environment and Land Use Program, Vanderbilt University; and Sacoby Wilson | Assistant Professor of Applied Environmental Health, University of Maryland

Editor’s note: Most livestock farming in industrialized countries takes place on large enclosed farms, known in the United States as Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs), that house hundreds or thousands of animals. Many environmental and public health groups say CAFOs are major air and water polluters and should be regulated more stringently. Farmers and trade organizations typically respond that CAFOS already are adequately regulated and do not threaten nearby communities or the environment.

Conversations about trade, tax reform and the next Farm Bill echoed through the halls and offices on Capitol Hill recently as over 100 Texas Farm Bureau members, including members from Palo Pinto County, met with members of the U.S. Congress to talk about issues important to agriculture and Palo Pinto County.

topical featured
  • From Staff Reports

Tony Eugene Lyon, 52, of Fort Worth, was sentenced Friday by U.S. District Judge John McBryde to serve 120 months in federal prison following his guilty plea in November 2016 to a felony offense stemming from a $5 million dollar cattle scheme he orchestrated, announced U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas.

topical featured top story

Soozy Stone has a heart for helping people whose lives are mired in addiction. She has lived through it as the mother of a meth-addicted son.


AUSTIN — Property owners whose land is being damaged by feral hogs will have a new major weapon in their battles against the destructive pests.


Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month.

  • By ADAM RUSSELL Texas AgriLife News

COLLEGE STATION – Beef cattle prices will likely continue to decline as a result of herd expansion by producers and other market conditions, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist in College Station.

  • By Adam Russell Texas AgriLife News

COLLEGE STATION –  The Texas state climatologist said an expected La Niña winter weather pattern would probably not emerge and there likely will be warmer and drier conditions on average into 2017.

Exhibitors who plan to show a lamb or a goat at any major stock show in the spring of 2017 need to order state validation tags now.

Applications for emergency farm loans for losses caused by the severe storms and flooding are being accepted at the Farm Service Agency office located in Stephenville, Cynthia P. Kinser said Friday.

STEPHENVILLE – Applications for emergency farm loans for losses caused by the severe storms and flooding are being accepted at the Farm Service Agency office located in Stephenville, Cynthia P. Kinser said today.

WASHINGTON – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced this week that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency will provide an estimated $300 million in cost-share assistance payments to cotton producers through the new Cotton Ginning Cost-Share program, in order to expand and maintain the domestic marketing of cotton. 

  • From Staff Reports

When cats, dogs, horses and cattle become sick, the first person usually called is a veterinarian, but what happens when a vet is no longer available? A growing vet shortage is becoming a problem not just for farmers and ranchers, but for people across Texas.


PALO PINTO – Palo Pinto County Farm Bureau and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service of Palo Pinto County invite everyone to attend this year’s Beef and Forage Conference on May 2.

  • By BLAIR FANNIN Texas AgriLife News

FORT WORTH – Hundreds of Texas cattle producers gathered at the 2016 Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Convention in Fort Worth Friday to learn more about current industry issues and with optimism despite  a dip in high prices, according to organizers.

Applications for emergency farm loans for losses caused by March’s severe storms, tornadoes and flooding are being accepted at the Farm Service Agency office in Stephenville. 


STEPHENVILLE – Applications for emergency farm loans for losses caused by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding are being accepted at the Farm Service Agency office located in Stephenville.

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency Administrator Val Dolcini announced Monday that the USDA has begun making final payments to peanut producers in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Mississippi, helping to restore nearly 100 percent of the value of their peanuts after…

FWS_loop.gif 600×550)

Access the digital version of the Mineral Wells Index from your computer, tablet or smartphone. Click here to log in or sign up.

Online Poll

ONLINE POLL: County leash law

Palo Pinto County Commissioners have been petitioned to enact a leash law to try and reduce the number of stray dogs in the county. If you are a Palo Pinto County resident, what measures, if any, are you in favor of when it comes to animal control?

You voted:

We're always interested in hearing about news in our community. Let us know what's going on!