Blach: “Underlying fundamentals are strong”

Now is one of the best times to be in the cattle business. And it must be a pretty good time for an economist to report the news to cattlemen, too. “It’s a great time to be in agriculture,” Randy Blach, president of Cattle-Fax told attendees at the Kansas Livestock Association annual convention Thursday in Wichita, Kan. “We have more people to feed and a growing global economy. I don’t know of a better industry to be involved with than agriculture because the underlying fundamentals are strong.” Blach will also be a speaker during TSCRA’s Annual Convention Weekend next year in Fort Worth. Read more…

TCFA leader recognized with Texas A&M AgriLife award

Ross Wilson, president of Texas Cattle Feeders Association, was honored with the Texas A&M AgriLife Distinguished Texan in Agriculture Award Dec. 1. The Texas A&M AgriLife Distinguished Texan in Agriculture Award was established in 1993 to recognize the efforts of individuals who have gained unique distinction for their outstanding leadership and achievements on behalf of the Texas agricultural industry, the state and beyond. Read more…

Combs lauds extension on proposed listing for dunes sagebrush lizard

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced Thursday that it has granted a 6-month extension on the final determination of protection under the Endangered Species Act for the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard (DSL). Comptroller Susan Combs, who is opposed to the listing of the DSL, has repeatedly requested a 6-month extension in an effort to collect more information on the species. Combs is the presiding officer of the Texas Interagency Task Force on Economic Growth and Endangered Species. Read more…

Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission opportunities for comment

Appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Texas Senate, the commission adopts policies and rules to carry out all programs of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Every year the commission conducts an annual public hearing to receive input from our partners, stakeholders and constituents concerning any issues relating to department policies, goals, programs, and responsibilities. Anyone who is interested in speaking to the commission is encouraged to attend. Comments are also being accepted on threatened and endangered species rules. Read more…

Be prepared for winter weather

Stocker cattle producers have many challenges to manage: animal health, increasing costs of inputs and fluctuating cattle prices. However, one of the most difficult challenges may be Mother Nature. A Noble Foundation research project that began in late 2010 proves this point. Read more…

U.S. Drought Monitor and Summary, 11-29-11

Another round of light to moderate precipitation fell on most of the southern and central Plains, continuing a pattern of near to above normal precipitation that started in mid-September. This was good news after Texas recorded the driest October-September period on record in 2010-2011. Combined with lower temperatures and declining evapotranspiration rates, a thorough reappraisal of Texas was made, along with surrounding states. Accordingly, some 1-category improvements were made in eastern, south-central, southeastern, north-central, and northern Panhandle of Texas, in eastern Oklahoma, and along the Kansas-Oklahoma border. Read more…