Help support TSCRA PAC!

All TSCRA members should have received information in the mail on the importance of contributing to the TSCRA Political Action Committee (TSCRA PAC) in 2012. Please consider making a contribution by mailing in your contribution form before TSCRA’s Convention Weekend March 31-April 1 or making your contribution online. Read more…

USDA provides disaster recovery assistance in 20 states

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced $19.7 million of financial and technical assistance March 6 to help communities rebuild and repair damages caused by flooding, drought and other natural disasters. Funds are made available through the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) program. Read more…

Study: meeting biofuel targets would require 80% of cropland or 60% of rangeland

A study by the University of Montana claims that to satisfy meeting the targets of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA), which aims to increase annual U.S. biofuel production by more than 3-fold utilizing current technology, would require either an 80 percent displacement of current crop harvest or the conversion of 60 percent of rangeland productivity. Read more…

Tornado safety and preparedness

This fact sheet by David W. Smith with the AgriLife Extension safety program covers many aspects of tornado safety including warning information, signs of an approaching tornado and shelter options in many different situations. Read more…

Breeding soundness exams should be in your bull management plan

Cattle markets are hot and look to stay high for the several years. For the cow-calf producers, it’s time to make certain all parts of your system are operating efficiently. Your bulls should be high on the list to make certain they are operating at peak performance when turn-out day arrives. Read more…

Texas crop, weather, March 6, 2012

It’s a big shift from worrying about not enough forage to worrying about too much and the resulting cattle-bloat issues, noted Texas AgriLife Extension Service personnel, but that’s what’s happening in some parts of the state. Winter wheat and cool-season forages continued to greatly improve thanks to more rain during early March, lessening the need for feeding expensive hay. Read more…