Cattle Raisers go to Washington D.C.

Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) leadership, members and staff went to work Wednesday in Washington, D.C., meeting with members of Congress as well as House and Senate Ag Committee staff to discuss priority issues including death tax repeal and the 2012 Farm Bill. Leaders and members of the Texas Cattle Feeders Association and the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association joined TSCRA for the full day of back-to-back meetings. Read more…

Southwestern ranchers living in a “forgotten” drought

Eastern Texas has been blessed with abundant moisture the past few months, leaving many with the impression that the great drought is over. But that’s far from true for west Texas and New Mexico, where drought conditions remain classified as “severe” to “exceptional.” Read more…

Warm weather means earlier start to snake season

A mild winter and an early spring could mean more people coming into contact with snakes, including dangerous ones, this year. Read more…

Ag committee moves forward with farm bill process and announces DC hearings

U.S. House Committee on Agriculture Chairman Frank Lucas has announced another series of hearings on the 2012 Farm Bill to begin next week in Washington, D.C. The six subcommittees will hold the hearings throughout April and May to hear from national agricultural stakeholders advocating for policy priorities. It is the next step in the farm bill development. Read more…

Texas crop, weather, 4-17-12

Many livestock producers continue to make hay while the sun shines, according Texas AgriLife Extension Service reports. With rains and warmer-than-average weather, cool-season grasses and small grains continued to show rapid growth, according to the reports. Producers throughout the state were taking advantage of the situation to bale as much as they could and rebuild hay supplies depleted in the 2011 drought. Read more…