TSCRA to host ranch gathering in Bowie

Come join the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) for a ranch gathering Thursday, May 31, at the Bowie Community Center in Bowie. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by a complimentary beef dinner. Read more…

USDA wants public input on ag report release times

The U.S. Agriculture Department will seek public input before it considers changing the release times of market-moving reports on farm data now that futures markets are open nearly around the clock, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said on Tuesday. Read more…

Gov. Perry reappoints Jacobs to State Soil and Water Conservation Board

Gov. Rick Perry has reappointed Larry Jacobs of Montgomery to the State Soil and Water Conservation Board for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2014. The board administers Texas’ soil and water conservation law, and coordinates conservation and pollution abatement programs throughout the state. Read more…

El Niño risk rising for late summer, climate models show

Improving moisture conditions in the southwestern U.S. has improved the outlook for many farms and ranches for 2012, and meteorologists say the La Niña weather pattern responsible for last year’s drought is unlikely to return this year. Farmers on the other side of the globe, however, are rightfully worried about the looming threat of El Niño and the possibilities of drought it may bring to their crops. Read more…

Consumers will pay for safe beef

Consumers will pay more for beef they believe is safe and handled humanely, John Butler, CEO of the Beef Marketing Group, said at the Alltech Symposium. Butler’s group commissioned a study of 2,000 consumers who eat beef more than once a month to learn what is important to them. The top choice of these consumers was “assurance of food safety,” followed closely by “humane animal care and handling,” followed by “sustainability.” Read more…

Texas crop, weather for May 22, 2012

The drought continued to recede with less than 14 percent of the state rated as being in an exceptional or extreme drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor and Texas AgriLife Extension Service personnel. Read more…