Special Ranger testifies before state Senate committee

TSCRA Special Ranger Roland Garcia gave testimony in Austin at a hearing Thursday of the state’s Senate Committee on Transportation and Homeland Security, chaired by Sen. Tommy Williams, R-Dist. 4, The Woodlands. The subject of the hearing was to examine the impact of border violence and the infringement on Texas property rights. Read more…

Garcia appointed to Railroad Commission

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed H.S. Buddy Garcia of Austin to the Railroad Commission of Texas for a term to expire at the next general election. Garcia was most recently a commissioner at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, a position he has held since his appointment in January of 2007. Read more…

Mixed reviews for new FDA guidance

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new guidance Wednesday, April 11, on the use of antibiotics in livestock production, drawing mixed responses from livestock organizations and groups opposed to antibiotics in agriculture. The final Guidance 209 calls for voluntary suspension of non-therapeutic use of certain antibiotics in livestock. Read more…

Official: US needs more young farmers, ranchers

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan sees an epidemic of sorts sweeping across America’s farmland. It has little to do with the usual challenges, like drought, rising fuel and feed prices or crop-eating pests. The country’s farmers and ranchers are getting older and there are fewer people standing in line to take their place. Read more…

Texas Dept of Agriculture seeks 100-year family farms, ranches

In continuing a proud tradition of honoring hardworking generations of Texas farmers and ranchers, Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples invites families to apply for the Texas Department of Agriculture’s (TDA) Family Land Heritage (FLH) Program. The program recognizes family farms and ranches that have been in continuous agricultural production by the same family for at least 100 years. Applications are due May 1, 2012. Read more…

It’s what’s for dinner: Garlic-herb cheeseburger

Grilling season’s here! This quick and easy cheeseburger recipe is sure to be a hit. Read more…