Respected Ozona rancher, son, killed in Utah wilderness plane crash

The Ozona Stockman newspaper has reported that three men were killed in a single-engine plane crash in San Juan County, Utah, area yesterday. While the San Juan Co. Sheriff’s office has not yet released the names of the victims, the Associated Press reports the Federal Aviation Administration had released a tail number that shows the plane was registered to Kyle Richardson, of Midland. Sources have told The Ozona Stockman that Kyle’s father, Wade, who lives in Ozona, was also on the plane. Wade Richardson and his wife Jane are Crockett County ranchers and the owners of several fast food restaurants in West Texas. The third victim is believed to be a pilot from Utah. Read more…

Senate Agriculture Committee approves farm bill

The U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry voted Thursday, April 26, to approve the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012, a bipartisan farm bill authored by Committee Chairwoman Senator Debbie Stabenow and Ranking Member Senator Pat Roberts. The measure will now go to the full Senate for consideration. Read more…

US beef industry profits from fast-growing exports

Exports are big business for the U.S. beef industry, which shipped a record $5.4 billion worth of beef abroad in 2011. Last year, 14 percent of the beef produced in the U.S. was shipped overseas. Measured in both sales and volume, exports saw growth of more than 20 percent according to the U.S. Meat Export Federation. Read more…

Secretaries Vilsack and Salazar announce readiness for wildfire season

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar today outlined the federal government’s readiness for the wildland fire season to ensure protection for communities and restoration of forests and public lands across the country. The Secretaries were joined by FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell and National Predictive Services Program Manager of the National Interagency Fire Center Ed Delgado. Read more…

Understanding your sunscreen options

Confused about the best sunscreen? TSCRA Insurance Services Inc. provides this link to help sort through the options. Read more…

Selecting for calmer cattle

Stockmen know that wild, temperamental cattle present a danger to handlers, facilities and other cattle. They’ve also learned that cattle behavior can play a role in performance, health and carcass value, making selection for calmer cattle a worthwhile effort. Read more…

The race to save the pronghorn of far West Texas

Pronghorn once roamed Texas from the Hill Country all the way to the state’s western tip. Today their range is diminished to the point of disappearing. But even though the impact of drought and accompanying wildfires was devastating to the pronghorn, researchers say the conditions have also provided unexpected insights into what might help the animal thrive. Read more…

It’s what’s for dinner: Carne Asada

Carne Asada is a colorful Mexican beef dish that means, “roasted meat.” This version calls for Top Loin steaks on the grill, seasoned with fresh garlic and cumin and a splash of fresh lime juice. Read more…