Import rule seen weakening BSE safeguards, group says

A proposed U.S. Department of Agriculture rule designed to boost beef exports would ease some BSE disease import restrictions and weaken protections against the illness, a coalition of 31 mostly farm and rancher groups said. Read more…

US quarantines two dairies after BSE case

Two California dairy farms are under quarantine and a calf ranch is under investigation following discovery of the latest U.S. case of mad cow disease, but the government on Wednesday said the actions were standard procedure and there was no threat to the food supply. A calf born to the infected cow was found and tested negative for the disease. Read more…

Dispute with Europe over hormones in beef is resolved

The European Union voted last week to modify its regulations to open an autonomous tariff quota for imports of high-quality beef not treated with hormones, effectively ending a longstanding dispute between the EU and the U.S. over the presence of hormones in imported beef. Read more…

TDA extends deadline for Family Land Heritage applications

In continuing a proud tradition of honoring hardworking generations of Texas farmers and ranchers, Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples May 2 extended the deadline for families to apply for the Texas Department of Agriculture’s 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 now due June 1, 2012. Read more…

Lubbock TV station spotlights TSCRA director

The Lubbock area television station KCBD featured TSCRA Director Wesley Welch, Lubbock, on a “Spotlight on Agriculture” news segment, recently. Welch is president and CEO of Spade Ranches. Read more…

It’s what’s for dinner: London Broil

This Mother’s Day, surprise her with a delightful twist on a traditional recipe like a London Broil. Fewer ingredients mean you’ll have more time to spend with Mom! Read more…