EPA to allow 15 percent ethanol in gasoline

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved the first applications for registration of ethanol for use in making gasoline that contains up to 15 percent ethanol – known as E15. Ethanol is a renewable fuel that can be mixed with gasoline. For over 30 years ethanol has been blended into gasoline, but the law limited it to 10 percent by volume for use in gasoline-fueled vehicles. Registration of ethanol to make E15 is a significant step toward its production, sale, and use in model year 2001 and newer gasoline-fueled cars and light trucks. Read more…

New safeguard poised to change exotic game hunting in Texas

Many Hill Country ranchers have held the federally protected scimitar-horned oryx during an unusual situation: Since the oryx’s listing on the endangered species list in 2005, anyone who the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service determines to be helping increase or sustain the oryx’s numbers is allowed to hunt or sell them. This Wednesday, that exemption disappears, and anyone who wants to hunt or transport the scimitar-horned oryx, as well as the addax or dama gazelle, two other endangered African animals, needs to be permitted by the federal government. Read more…

Jolley: Talking Texas cattle ranching with CBB’s Jackie Means

Chuck Jolley talks to Jackie Means, Cattlemen’s Beef Board member and wife of Texas and Southwest Cattle Raisers Association past president Jon Means. Means started getting more involved when Jon was president of TSCRA in 2008. Dave Scott, who succeeded Jon as TSCRA president, asked her if she would be interested in representing Texas on the CBB and she agreed. Read more…

TDA Market Recap, April 2, 2012

For the week ending March 31, feeder cattle price trends at Texas auctions covered by USDA Market News were mostly steady to $3 lower per hundredweight (cwt), though some early week sales were steady to $3 higher. Texas feeder cattle sales direct to feedlots were steady to $3 lower with limited numbers for immediate delivery. Oklahoma City was steady to $3 higher on feeder cattle and $4 to $10 higher on calves. Fed cattle cash prices were $1 lower per cwt from the previous week following continued declines in beef values. Read more…