Pawnee County, Okla., FSA office closing Aug. 1

As of Aug.1, 2012, the Pawnee County FSA office will be officially closed and all FSA program services will be provided by the Noble County FSA office unless a producer has elected to transfer their records to another county. Read more…

NCBA statement on COOL ruling

The World Trade Organization (WTO) issued its final ruling on Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) June 29. The ruling was originally released November 2011 and appealed on March 23, 2012, by the U.S. Trade Representative. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Vice President Bob McCan issued a statement on Friday’s final ruling, saying the government’s unfortunate decision to appeal only prolonged an issue that could have been resolved quickly. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: East Texas ATV stolen

TSCRA Special Ranger Larry Hand, Dist. 13 in East Texas, reports the theft of an ATV from a property east of Tyler in Smith County. On June 2, the thief or thieves cut a lock to gain entry to the rural property and took the vehicle from a barn. The ATV is a red and black Kawasaki TREX, serial no. JKARFDC128B500383. If you have any information on this theft, please call Special Ranger Hand at 903-592-5252. Read more…

Horses need hurricane plans, too

Evacuating when a hurricane hits the coast is a stressful and scary experience, especially when evacuating with horses. Hurricanes usually give enough lead time to move people and horses out of the storm’s expected path. But even with that time, making sure you are prepared for an equine evacuation can be crucial to horses’ survival. Read more…

U.S. Drought Monitor, June 26, 2012

Abnormally Dry to Extreme Drought conditions expanded across parts of Oklahoma and Texas. The long term/short term impacts boundary in Texas was moved westward. Read more…

Texas Conservation Plan landowner information

The Texas Conservation Plan for the dunes sagebrush lizard is a voluntary plan available for oil and gas companies and private landowners. The plan, developed by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts and numerous stakeholder groups, will be administered by the newly-created Texas Habitat Conservation Foundation. The plan has been the topic of considerable discussion and many questions. To help answer some of these questions, Texas AgriLife Research and Extension is providing this short overview of the plan to provide some clarification for interested stakeholders. Read more…

Successful TSCRA ranch gatherings held across Texas this week

More than 300 association members and guests attended 3 TSCRA ranch gatherings held this week in Canadian, Roaring Springs and Fort Chadbourne. The weather may have been hot, but the attendees enjoyed beef dinners, catching up with old friends, making new friends and listening to interesting speakers. From these meetings, TSCRA gained 37 new memberships. Read more…

Supreme Court rules health law may largely stand

The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld most of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul law, saying it was authorized by Congress’s power to levy taxes. The vote was 5 to 4, with Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. joining the court’s four more liberal members. The ruling upheld the individual mandate requiring nearly all Americans to obtain health insurance or pay a penalty. The court did substantially limit a major piece of the law, one that expanded Medicaid, the joint federal-state program that provides health care to poor and disabled people. Seven justices agreed that Congress had exceeded its constitutional authority by coercing states into participating in the expansion by threatening them with the loss of existing federal payments. Read more…

House Democrats press for details on Asia-Pacific trade deal

A majority of House Democrats have admonished U.S. trade officials for failing to consult with Congress and disclose details of negotiations on an Asia-Pacific trade deal. On Wednesday, 132 of 191 Democrats sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk pressing him to increase transparency and openness in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks while ramping up engagement with Congress as complaints increase about the secrecy of the talks. Read more…

Bill would exempt CAFOs from reporting under Superfund Act

The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee hosted a hearing on Wednesday, June 27, to deliberate on the “Superfund Common-Sense Act” introduced by Congressman Billy Long, R-Mo., According to National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) President J.D. Alexander, the legislation (H.R. 2997) would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the courts from imposing what Alexander called expensive liability and needless regulation on U.S. agriculture. Read more…

New Mexico veterinary official says VS outbreak is ‘significant’

New Mexico Livestock Board state veterinarian Dr. Dave E. Fly has said in a release issued June 20 that an outbreak of vesicular stomatitis (VS) in the state is significant. Initially found in the outskirts of Tularosa, Otero County, in April, suspected cases of the viral disease have been reported in southwestern San Miguel and northern Socorro counties. The board says counties along the path of the Rio Grande are at greater risk, as the disease tends to appear along waterways. Regulation on livestock movement in effect until state is declared free of VS. Read more…

New TxDOT application provides real-time travel information

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has launched a new online map application, Drive Texas™ that provides travelers with real-time traffic conditions, traffic and weather feeds, as well as links to other useful travel information. Read more…

It’s what’s for dinner: Stuffed jalapeno burgers

Blended with cream, filled with cheese, salsa and jalapenos, this burger’s like no other for your Fourth of July cookout. Read more…

Experts: Texas cattle deaths due to prussic acid ‘isolated incident’

Texas AgriLife Extension Service experts said Tuesday the recent deaths of 15 cattle in Bastrop County were likely an isolated event and that no further problems are anticipated. “It should be known that there is not a widespread problem or concern related to this forage or its use for grazing livestock or the production of hay for livestock consumption.” Read more…

Founder of cattle brokerage company sentenced

The founder and former chief executive officer of the now-defunct cattle brokerage company Eastern Livestock has been sentenced to 10 years in prison in a check-kiting scheme. Two other former executives were ordered to make restitution of $890,000 and sentenced to five years, withheld through pretrial diversion. Read more…

Fourth of July fire safety

Fireworks and celebrations go together, especially during the Fourth of July. Remember, fireworks can be dangerous, causing serious burn and eye injuries, but you can help prevent fireworks-related injuries and deaths. First, be sure your area allows fireworks and follow these firework safety tips on what you can do to make your Fourth celebration a happy and safe one, from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission and Texas Forest Service. These links are provided by TSCRA Insurance Service. While you’re at their resources page, check out all the other important information they’ve gathered for you! Read more…

Animal owners advised to be prepared for hurricanes and tropical storms

With Tropical Storm Debby threatening the Gulf States, Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry Mike Strain is reminding livestock owners that they need to be prepared to not only take care of themselves but also their animals. For cattle and horse owners, a hurricane or storm plan should begin with selecting the place on their property that is least likely to flood where livestock can quickly and easily be moved when a hurricane or other severe weather threatens the area. Read more…

Texas crop, weather, June 26, 2012

While crops were doing reasonably well in Central Texas, much of the rest of the state is backsliding into drought pretty quickly. Read more…

Former Oklahoma game warden joins TSCRA as special ranger

Former Oklahoma Game Warden Paul Cornett has joined the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) as a special ranger for District 3 in Oklahoma. District 3 includes Caddo, Canadian, Carter, Cleveland, Comanche, Custer, Garvin, Grady, Hughes, Johnston, Kiowa, Love, Marshall, McClain, Murray, Oklahoma, Pontotoc, Pottawatomie, Seminole, Stephens, and Washita Counties. Read more…

DOJ report on competition in agriculture markets

In 2010, the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) hosted a series of workshops exploring competition in the agricultural sector. The workshops, DOJ and USDA hoped, would create for a dialogue and learning on the challenges—as well as the opportunities—facing American agriculture in the 21st Century. The DOJ has released a report on the workshops and what they learned. Read more…