Early voting underway; Find your voting location

Early voting for the Texas Primary began Monday, May 14, and runs through May 25. Click here to find your early voting location and click here to view the TSCRA PAC’s election recommendations (PDF). The list only includes candidates that have primary opponents and that are supported by the TSCRA PAC. Candidates without primary opponents are not listed. Information on early voting and more is available at votetexas.gov. Read more…

US-Colombia Free Trade Agreement goes into effect

The trade pact, which went into effect Tuesday, eliminates duties on more than 80 percent of U.S. industrial and consumer product exports with the remaining tariffs phased out over the next 10 years. Since these tariffs ranged from 7.4 percent to 14.6 percent, their elimination will immediately make U.S. exports more competitive. More than half of current U.S. farm products such as soybeans, beef, bacon, cotton and nearly all fruits and vegetables can now enter Colombia duty-free and tariffs on the rest will be dropped within 15 years. Read more…

Staples convenes inaugural meeting of Texas Wildfire Prevention Taskforce

As Texas continues to recover from the losses of last year’s historic wildfire season, on May 9 Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples convened the inaugural meeting of the Texas Wildfire Prevention Task Force to maximize wildfire mitigation strategies across the state. Read more…

USDA set to mark 150th anniversary

In the aftermath of staggering casualties suffered during the bloody Union victory at Shiloh, federal armies were advancing cautiously on the critical Confederate rail center of Corinth, Miss., on May 15, 1862. On the same day in Washington, President Abraham Lincoln signed legislation creating a Department of Agriculture. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s birth 150 years ago Tuesday in the midst of the Civil War was part of an enormous expansion of the federal government during the conflict, one that reflected both a response to the great national crisis and a determination by Lincoln to forge ahead with the business of the nation despite the war. Read more…

AgriLife Extension offers hurricane preparedness materials in new e-book format

In conjunction with the state’s Hurricane Preparedness Week and other preparedness efforts, the Texas AgriLife Extension Service has made many of its disaster and emergency-related materials available in e-book format for mobile device users. Read more…

TDA Market Recap, 5-14-12

For the week ending May 12, feeder cattle prices at the Texas Panhandle auctions covered by USDA Market News were mixed from $2 lower to $3 higher per hundredweight (cwt), depending on location, weight and quality of the offerings. Read more…