New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 20, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
Herakl-Zoltung, K « Braunfels, Texas
Sunday, January 20, 1991
County agentExtension praises appointment of 4-H, youth leader
Dr. Lynne W. Thibodeaux, who has been a 4-H and youth development specialist with the Texas Agricultural Extension Service for the past ll years, has been named assistant director for 4-H and youth for the state agency.
Thibodeaux fills the position held by H.T. “Tom” Davison, who retired in August 1990.
“We are extremely pleased to have Dr. Thibodeaux assume this key position,” said Dr. Zerle L. Carpenter, Extension Service director. “She brings a solid leadership base to the position, and die is committed and dedicated to enhancing the potential of youth over the state.
“Our youth are our most valuable resource, and the Extension Service is committed to programs that will help our youth develop leadership ami coping skills,” Carpenter said. “With Dr. Thibodeaux’s leadership, I believe we will make rapid strides in this effort, including reaching out to more diverse youth audiences across the state. I want every young person to have the opportunity to receive the
Enrollment in Texas 4-H increased more that 30 percent in the past year, topping 400,000 for the first time. Also, a new programming effort is focusing on children in kindergarten through the second grade to complement the traditional 4-H age group of 9 to 19.
Thibodeaux is a veteran of 21 years with the Extension Service, having served as a county agent, family resource specialist aid youth specialist in the expanded food and nutrition program, in addition to her work as a 4-H specialist. She has conducted training in leadership development, self-esteem building and stress man-agment at numerous state and regional workshops. Thibodeaux holds a bachelor’s degree from Lamar University and master’s and doctoral degrees from Texas AAM University.
She has received numerous honors from the Extension Service, including the Texas Superior Service Team Award and from the Epsilon Sigma Phi, the national honorary extension fraternity, and other professional
— WARREN KOPPLIN
Major farm program’s 1991 provisions announced
This past week, USDA announced the acreage reduction program requirement for cotton, wheat, com and other feed grains, as well as loan rates, deficiency payment estimates and other program details for 1991. Program sign-up is expected to begin in early Much.
Wheat, feed grain acreage
USDA confirmed that wheat farmers would have to idle IS percent of their crop average wheat base in order to qualify for the 1991 program benefits. USDA has made a tentative acreage reduction program (ARP) announcement of 15 percent last September.
Com, sorghum and barley producers will be subject to ARP requirements of IJS percent. Oat producers will not have to idle any base acreage to qualify for 1991 program benefits.
Cotton farmers, both upland and extra-long staple (ELS), must idle 5 percent of their cotton acreage base to be eligible for 1991 program benefits.
The acreage reduction level was set with the intention of targeting cotton ending stocks to equal 30 percent of total domestic use.
The 5 percent set aside requirement meets the National Cotton Council's approval although some cotton analysts had earlier predicted a IO percent requirement might be forthcoming.
In general, loan rates will be higher because of changes made in the farm bill. The 1991 national average wheat loan rate was set at $2.04/bu, up from $1.95 in 1990. The 1991 national average com loan rate was set at $1.62/bu, up from $1.57 in 1990. The 1991 sorghum loan rate was set at $1.54/bu, up from $1.49 in 1990. The 1991 barley loan rate was set at $1.32/bu, up from $1.28 in 1990. The national average loan for oats was set
at $0.83/bu, up from $0.81 in 1990.
The loan rate for upland and ELS cotton was set a $03077/lb and $0.8299/lb, respectively. USDA also set the 1991 target price for upland cotton at $0.729/lb and the target price for ELS cotton at $0.996/lb.
USDA also announced that 40 percent of the estimated deficiency payment will be paid in advance at the program sign-up in early March. All payments this year will be made in cash and not in generic certificates.
The deficiency payment estimate reflects the difference between 1991 commodity target prices and USDA’s expectation of market prices. For com, the estimated deficiency payment is $0.58/bu and the advance will be $0.232/bu. For sorghum, the estimated payment is $0.56/bu and advance $0.224/bu. For barley, the estimated payment is $0.47/bu and advance $0.124/bu. For oats, the estimated payment is $0.15/bu and advance $0.06/bu.
Winter wheat growers can expect two categories of deficiency payment estimates since they may opt out of the new “triple base” planting flexibility provision program for the 1991 crop year.
If winter wheat fanners choose to opt out of the triple base, their deficiency payments will be calculated on the basis of a 12-month market average price, instead of the current 5 month/12 month calculation. As a result, the estimated deficiency payment for winter wheat is $1.40/bu if winter wheat producers elect the triple base option, the estimated deficiency is $1.47/bu. The wheat advance is $0.56/bu and $0.588/bu depending on the option chosen.
Estimated cotton payments
The estimated deficiency payment rate for upland cotton is $0.1(Vlb and the advanced deficiency payment is $0.04/lb. USDA estimated that there would be no deficiency payment for ELS cotton.
—JOE G. TAYLOR
Zaffirini backs legislation favoring license revocation
AUSTIN — Drive drunk, lose your license ... on the spot.
That message is at the heart of proposed legislation supported by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and other traffic safety and victim-support organization. A bill, introduced as the new Texas Legislature session opened by Sen. Judith! Zaffirini, D-Laredo, would give law enforcement officials a new way to get drunken drivers off the roads: administrative license revocation (ALR).
Zaffirini represents the 21st District, which includes New Braunfels.
The measure will be explained at a news conference to be held at 1:30 pjn. Tuesday at the Speaker’s Committee Room of the State Capitol in Austin.
ALR authorizes law enforcement officers to confiscate the licenses of dirvcrs who fail or refuse blood alcohol tests. Affected drivers immediately would be issued a temporary
licence, valid for only 40 days, giving them a chance to have their cases reviewed at an administrative hearing.
“For most people, and especially those who choose to drive after drinking alcohol, loss of a driver’s license is a fearsome consequence that is not taken lightly,” said Milo Kirk, national vice president of MADD. Kirk will join Zaffirini and Barry M. Sweedler, director of the National Transportation Safety Board's office on safety recommendations, in making Tuesday’s presentation.
Kirk notes that Texas' overloaded court system too often delays the judicial response to DWI cases, allowing many drinking drivers to repeat their offenses while awaiting ajudication.
ALR laws already have been adopted by 29 states.
During the first half of 1990, in Texas, 636 persons were killed and 16,936 injured in alcohol-related traffic accidents, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.
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