Convention Weekend Special: Breakout Sessions, Trade Show, Opening Session and Market Outlook Featured on Day 3

TSCRA’s third day of Convention Weekend began Saturday with the breakfast in the Trade Show, the School for Successful Ranching’s final session, breakout meetings, the Opening Session and an industry outlook by CattleFax. The evening’s social event, the Cattle Raisers Dance, was held at the Omni Hotel and included a live auction benefiting the TSCRA Political Action Committee (PAC), great food and entertainment from Jake Hooker and the Outsiders. Read more…

Cattle Raisers elect new board members at TSCRA convention

New directors were elected to the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Board of Directors at the 135th Annual convention, Saturday. Also named were honorary directors and executive committee members. Read more…

TSCRA honors Elmer Beckworth as Prosecutor of the Year

The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) named Elmer Beckworth the TSCRA Prosecutor of the Year for his commitment to prosecuting livestock theft and related crimes. Beckworth was honored at the association’s 135th annual convention and trade show, Saturday. Read more…

77 Ranch honored with Outstanding Rangeland Steward Award

The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) honored 77 Ranch with the 2012 Outstanding Rangeland Stewardship award during the 135th annual TSCRA convention on Saturday. The award is the highest stewardship honor from TSCRA and the Texas Section, Society for Range Management (TSSRM). Read more…

Convention Weekend: Second day of school and first day of the trade show

TSCRA’s 2011 Convention Weekend continued on its second day with the School for Successful Ranching classroom sessions and the opening of the trade show. Association members and guests shopped the numerous booths and gathered for business meetings and university alumni receptions in the afternoon. The TSCRA Trade Show opened at noon with a barbecue lunch and later, hosted a welcome reception at 5:00 p.m. The Young People’s Reception, Friday’s evening social event, was held at Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar and boasted quite a crowd. Read more…

Perry: Lean, finely textured beef is nutritious, safe and affordable for consumers

Texas Gov. Rick Perry and a coalition of governors and state officials set the record straight about lean, finely textured beef during a tour of Beef Products Inc.’s (BPI) facility in Nebraska, Thursday. The governor was joined by Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples and Govs. Terry Branstad, Iowa, Sam Brownback ,Kansas, Dave Heineman, Nebraska, and Lt. Gov. Matt Michels, South Dakota, for the tour. Read more…

TPWD adopts rules to curb spread of exotic species

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission adopted new rules designed to prevent further spread of exotic aquatic species into Texas waterways as part of the 2012-12 Statewide Fishing Proclamation. The changes require anglers and boaters to take action to prevent the spread of zebra mussels, and silver and bighead carp. Read more…

U.S. Drought Monitor, March 27, 2012

Moderate to heavy showers across central and eastern drought areas contrasted with unfavorably dry, warm weather in southern- and western-most portions of the region. 1 to 3 inches of rain provided additional drought relief in eastern portions of Texas and much of central and eastern Oklahoma. In eastern Texas, Severe Drought was removed, with only a small area of Moderate Drought left to reflect slow-to-recover reservoir levels while the rain alleviated Abnormal Dryness in a large part of Oklahoma. Read more…

Convention Weekend kicks off with School for Successful Ranching live demonstrations

TSCRA’s 2012 Convention Weekend began Thursday in Fort Worth with the School for Successful Ranching, where attendees participated in hands-on live demonstrations on topics important to landowners and cattle raisers. Friday at the Fort Worth Convention Center, the school will continue with educational tracks, TSCRA’s Trade Show also opens at noon and the first of the social events take place in the evening. Read more…

Cornyn tries to block lizard’s endangered listing

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn of Texas is trying to block the proposed listing of the dunes sagebrush lizard as an endangered species. Cornyn filed an amendment to energy tax credit legislation Wednesday that would block the lizard’s addition to the federal endangered species list. Read more…

The Ag Minute: Misguided regulatory attack on family farms must end

This week during The Ag Minute, Chairman Frank Lucas discusses the latest regulatory attack on family farms and rural America. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has proposed a regulation that would make it difficult, if not impossible, for young people to access comprehensive on-farm education and employment opportunities. Lucas is a co-sponsor of H.R. 4157, the Preserving America’s Family Farms Act that was introduced by U.S. Rep. Tom Latham, R-Iowa. The bill blocks the DOL from implementing any regulation that would prohibit youth from working on family-owned farms. Read more…

It’s what’s for dinner: Farmer’s market vegetable, beef & brown rice salad

Brown rice has a nutty flavor and is full of fiber and vitamins, making it a healthy addition to lean beef. Read more…

Cattle Raisers and Cornyn support legislation to repeal death tax

The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) and Texas Sen. John Cornyn Wednesday announced their strong support for recently-introduced legislation that would provide for a permanent repeal of the federal estate tax, commonly referred to as the death tax. Cornyn is a co-sponsor of the Death Tax Repeal Permanency Act, S. 2242, which would stop the federal government from considering death as a taxable event. Read more…

Eastern Livestock execs plead guilty to theft

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway and his office of special prosecutions announced the guilty pleas of four former livestock executives on Tuesday that will result in court-ordered restitution for Metcalfe County farmers. The pleas were made by former executives of the New Albany, Ind.-based Eastern Livestock LLC, which is now defunct. As part of the plea deal, restitution will be paid. Read more…

USDA reminds producers of approaching deadline for CRP signup

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today reminded landowners, farmers and ranchers that the opportunity to enroll in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general sign-up 43 ends on Friday, April 6, 2012. Producers who want to offer eligible land for CRP’s competitive general sign-up may enroll at the Farm Service Agency (FSA) county office where their farm records are maintained. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Cattle Stolen from Eastern Oklahoma

TSCRA Special Ranger John Cummings, Dist. 5, has reported the theft of 10 head of cattle from an eastern Oklahoma property in Muskogee County. Sometime between March 18 and 20, the thief or thieves removed a locked gate from its hinges and used holding pens to gather and load the cattle. Stolen were eight medium-framed, mostly black heifers, one curly-haired white heifer and one solid black yearling bull. None of the cattle have brands or eartags. One of the black heifers has a white scar from a recent bout with pinkeye. If you have any information on this theft, please contact Special Ranger Cummings at 918-342-0888. Read more…

Texas crop, weather, March 27, 2012

Many parts of the state continued to receive heavy rains, bringing them completely out of the drought, while other areas were not so fortunate. But there’s a good chance overall conditions could improve soon. Read more…

Groups push coordinated trade approach to the EU

More than 40 food and ag groups are worried that a move recommending a ‘single undertaking’ to trade negotiations could be trouble. Read more…

Beef industry braces for loss of ‘pink slime’ filler

The announcement Monday by Beef Products International, (BPI) that it would close three plants that make “finely textured beef” that has taken hits on social media, has the beef industry wondering what impact the loss of the low-fat beef product will have on beef prices that already have risen 10-20 percent in the last year. The prospects that the removal of the filler might tighten supplies helped beef prices open up Tuesday on the Chicago Board of Trade, with slaughter-ready live cattle up $1.35 per hundredweight to $125.90 and younger feeder cattle up $2.05 per hundredweight to $154.60 for April delivery. Read more…

Combined treatment most effective for brush management

Sometimes a one-two punch is needed to control brush effectively on rangeland. A combination of fire and herbicides are often needed for effective brush control, according to Dr. Jim Ansley, Texas AgriLife Research scientist at Vernon. Read more…