House votes to overturn Supreme Court decision on eminent domain

The House on Tuesday afternoon approved legislation that overturns a 2005 Supreme Court decision that affirmed the ability of states to take control of private property under the doctrine of eminent domain and hand it to another private developer. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Cattle missing in Upshur County

TSCRA Special Ranger Larry Hand, Dist. 13 in East Texas, reports the theft of 15 head of steers from a property north of Gilmer in Upshur County. The steers each weigh 400 to 500 pounds, are of various colors, have a double under bit in the right ear and the W over Bar brand on the left hip. If you have any information on this theft, please call Special Ranger Hand at 903-592-5252. Read more…

CME Group: Beef exports up 7 percent in first 2 months

The CME Group says that by judging from the trade data for the first 2 months of the year, U.S. beef export demand remains in good shape. Total shipments continue to track above year ago levels despite sharply higher prices in the U.S. market. A weaker dollar has blunted some of the impact of higher U.S. beef prices, but not entirely. Read more…

USDA announces equine operations now eligible for emergency loans

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Bruce Nelson announced Feb. 29 that equine operations that breed, raise and sell certain types of horses are now eligible for loan assistance under FSA’s emergency loan program. Read more…

Texas crop, weather, Feb. 28, 2012

Rains continued to improve forages and the outlook for spring planting in many areas. Only about 14 percent of the state was listed as being under “exceptional” drought conditions, according to the Feb. 21 U.S. Drought Monitor. However, though conditions have greatly improved in the last few months, nearly 70 percent of the state still suffered from “severe” drought conditions. Read more…