NY Times reports on Texas’ endangered species

“Landowners are very much on the defensive right now,” said Jason Skaggs, the executive director of government and public affairs for the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association. His group wants Congress to re-evaluate the Endangered Species Act, which was passed in 1973. Read more…

Gauge the impact of FDA’s new rule on antimicrobials in food animals

Cattle Network reports that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week issued new rules for the use of the cephalosporin class of antimicrobial drugs in food animals, which will take effect on April 5 following a comment period. Read more…

Secretary Vilsack announces opportunity to advise land management planning

Secretary of Agriculture forms committee to guide the management of national forests and grasslands. Read more…

Possible case of mistaken identity could hamper fire ant control efforts

Texas entomologists concerned about possible hindrance to imported fire ant control measures. Read more…

Feedback sought on proposed invasive species regulations

Texas Parks and Wildlife will host scoping meetings Jan. 16 and in North Texas this month to get public feedback on a pair of proposed new regulations aimed at preventing the spread of exotic aquatic species in the state. Read more…

U.S. Drought Monitor and Summary, Jan. 3, 2012

Following a relatively wet finish to 2011, the return of warm, dry weather to the nation’s southern tier could be suggestive of an increasingly La Niña-driven atmospheric regime. If true, a return to dryness would not be favorable for the south-central U.S., where long-term drought retains a grip Read more…