Judge orders FDA to revisit decision not to ban some antibiotics in animal feed

A federal court has ordered the Food and Drug Administration to revisit its decision not to ban the use of certain antibiotics in animal feed and criticized the agency for relying on industry to voluntarily limit the use of these drugs. This week, the federal district court in Manhattan ruled that the FDA must reconsider two citizen petitions that asked the agency to withdraw approval of some antibiotics used in food-producing animals. The agency’s denial of both petitions years ago was “arbitrary and capricious,” the court said. Read more…

Older people should eat more meat, says expert

Older people should be encouraged to consume more meat to remain active in later life, delegates to the World Meat Congress (WMC) in Paris were told. Read more…

FSA announces accepted CRP offers

James B. Douglass, acting executive director, USDA Texas Farm Service Agency (FSA), announced that 767,242 acres were accepted during the 43rd Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general signup, bringing the total number of active CRP acres in Texas to 3,302,035. Nationwide, USDA accepted enrollment of 3.9 million acres bringing the total program enrollment to 29.6 million acres. Read more…

Saving water, preserving land

To ensure that there is clean water entering the Edwards Aquifer, San Antonio’s Edwards Aquifer Protection Program is about to spend an additional $90 million from a voter-approved one-eighth-cent sales tax to buy conservation easements over the aquifer’s recharge zone. So far, the program has spent $135 million from the tax, protecting more than 90,000 acres. Through the easements, landowners are paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in exchange for giving up their rights to subdivide and develop their land. Read more…

5 sunscreen myths

Before hitting the beach, find out how to really protect yourself against sunburn, skin cancer — and wrinkles, with this link provided by TSCRA Insurance Services. Read more…

Texas crop, weather for June 5, 2012

The drought situation in the western half of Texas remained largely unchanged, but abnormally dry weather reclaimed large parts of the eastern half of the state during the last week of May, according to the U.S. Drought monitor and Texas AgriLife Extension Service reports. After good rains a few weeks ago, South Texas also turned drier, with moderate drought to abnormally dry weather stretching from the Lower Rio Grande Valley up the Coastal Bend area. Read more…