It’s been a busy week for TSCRA government and public affairs staff. In Washington, a flurry of pre-holiday activity has brought good news with the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill and the release of a new Waters of the United States (WOTUS) definition. In Texas, all eyes are on … Read More

The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is revising branding requirements for cattle imported from Mexico. This change simplifies the branding process, while continuing to ensure Mexican cattle are easily identifiable and
traceable for the rest of their lives, in the event of an animal disease detection.

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As private developer Texas Central moves ahead with plans to build what could be the country’s first high-speed rail line, a handful of state lawmakers hope to try next year to give the state more authority over the project. But they admit there may not be the legislative appetite.

Moderate to heavy precipitation took place this week from western Texas through southern Oklahoma and central and southern Arkansas, into the Southeast. Slight improvements were made in southwestern Texas, where recent heavy rain was enough to lessen the extent of abnormally dry conditions since short-term precipitation deficits improved here. North … Read More

McDonald’s Corp said on Tuesday it plans to reduce the use of antibiotics in its global beef supply, fueling projections that other restaurants will follow suit. The move by the world’s biggest fast-food chain addresses concerns that the overuse of antibiotics vital to fighting human infections in farm animals may … Read More

The National Agricultural Statistics Service’s Agricultural Statistics Board has rescheduled release of the December Cattle on Feed and Hogs and Pigs reports to Thursday, Dec. 20 at 3:00 pm ET. They were previously scheduled for release on Friday, Dec. 21 at Noon ET.

In the final stretch of the 2018 Farm Bill, U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., announced Tuesday the farm bill conference report passed the Senate on a bipartisan 87-13 vote. The conference report was signed by the Senate and House farm bill … Read More

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, released a statement Tuesday after the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, also known as the farm bill, passed the Senate. “After many discussions with Texas farmers and ranchers, I am pleased to report this farm bill includes a number of their priorities, including strengthening crop … Read More

To find the right farm or ranch employee, know what the job will entail and communicate that to prospective employees. Get the word out, and conduct a thorough interview of applicants. Once you’ve hired someone, invest in them. The Noble Research Institute covers finding and keeping good farm labor in … Read More