TSCRA member testifies in Texas State Senate hearing

TSCRA Executive Committee member Joe Leathers, general manager of 6666 Ranch, testified in Austin today for the Texas State Senate Committee on Transportation and Homeland Security. The committee reviewed state, local and federal emergency preparation and response efforts as they pertain to protecting lives, property, and natural resources from the risk of wildland fire. Read more…

TSCRA supports streamlining FSA disaster designation process

TSCRA submitted comments Friday supporting a proposal from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) to streamline and simplify the current process for designating disaster areas. The methods outlined in FSA’s new proposal would modify the current designation process from a six-step process to a simpler and more efficient 2-step process, allowing ranchers devastated by natural disasters to get assistance quicker. According to TSCRA’s comments, the proposed changes offer common sense improvements to the current disaster designation process that will benefit Texas ranchers and landowners. Read more…

November pork exports record-large; beef exports also strong

U.S. pork exports set another monthly volume record in November, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), which helped offset record-high production and provide a significant boost to pork cutout values. U.S. pork export values, which had never reached $5 billion before this year, are on pace to approach the $6 billion mark in 2011. November beef exports also performed well, reaching 105,268 metric tons valued at $456.25 million. This was steady with the October 2011 volume and up slightly in value. When December results become available, beef export value will eclipse the $5 billion mark for the first time ever. Read more…

Heifer, replacement female prices jump higher

An unprecedented cattle market rally continued last week, and the long-expected demand for females to rebuild America’s breeding herd started to come to life. Quality yearling heifers were a hot commodity, as were young cows ready to go back to the ranch. Read more…

Cow-Calf Corner: A war of attrition

Cattle prices are at record high levels and will push even higher in 2012 and beyond. Retail beef prices are increasing and will push higher but it is uncertain how much and how fast. These conditions ensure that margins for various sectors in between will continue to be squeezed and some sectors of the beef industry will face difficulties in the coming months Read more…

EQIP ranking period ends soon

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) reminds agriculture producers that the ranking period cut-off date for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is Feb. 3, 2012. Producers interested in EQIP should submit applications to their local NRCS office by the deadline so their applications can be considered during the first ranking period of 2012. Read more…

TSCRA Event Calendar

Jan. 19: Monthly Dilley Luncheon, Pancho Garcia Café, Dilley, Texas. Feb. 16: Monthly Dilley Luncheon, Pancho Garcia Café, Dilley, Texas. Feb. 21: Ranching 101 Animal Nutrition, Fort Worth, Texas March 8: TSCRA Cattleman’s Luncheon, Wichita Falls, Texas March 30-April 1, 2012: TSCRA Convention Weekend, Trade Show and School For Successful Ranching, Fort Worth, Texas