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…