Railroad commissioner visits TSCRA headquarters

David Porter, senior member of the Railroad Commission of Texas, visited the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) headquarters today, meeting with offers and members. TSCRA Second Vice President Pete Bonds, Saginaw, and members Daren and Rebecca Nelson, Fort Woth, and Eldon White, TSCRA executive vice president/CEO, met with Porter to discuss oil and gas issues, water use and conservation issues, and eminent domain and pipeline routing. Porter explained that his No. 1 priority is to keep the primacy of regulation at the state level and not allow federal agencies opportunities to regulate the issues handled by the Railroad Commission, mainly oil and gas production. Read more…

NOAA: US experiences hottest spring on record

The average temperature for the contiguous U.S. during May was 64.3°F, 3.3°F above the long-term average, making it the second warmest May on record. The month’s high temperatures also contributed to the warmest spring, warmest year-to-date, and warmest 12-month period the nation has experienced since record keeping began in 1895. Read more…

Five-year farm and food bill clears first procedural hurdle in Senate

A five-year farm and food bill that would revamp the federal safety net for farmers and eliminate direct government payments for idle crop fields took its first step toward passage Thursday in the Senate. A 90-8 vote to officially begin debate opens the way for what could be several weeks of attempts to amend proposed legislation that spends some $100 billion a year on crop insurance, conservation and nutrition programs. Washington Post Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Tractor, Brush Hog stolen in Oklahoma

TSCRA Special Ranger John Cummings, Dist. 5, reports the theft of a tractor and equipment from a property near Hartshorne in Pittsburgh County, Okla. On May 27, a thief or thieves broke a gate to enter a pasture in southwest area of the state and stole a tractor and Brush Hog. The tractor is a four-wheel drive John Deere model 5310 with an open station and John Deere model 541 front end loader, serial no. 331477. Also stolen was a 10-foot Brush Hog, model 3310, serial no. 12-17653. If you have any information on this theft, please call Special Ranger Cummings at 918-342-0888. Read more…

U.S. Drought Monitor, June 5, 2012

Moderate to heavy (1.5 to 4.5″) rains fell on south-central and southeastern Kansas, northern and eastern Oklahoma, and parts of northern Texas and the Texas Panhandle, but most of this rain fell on non-drought areas of Kansas and Oklahoma. Fortunately in Texas, the rain did provide some relief, with some trimming of Moderate Drought to Exceptional Drought areas in the northern Panhandle where 1 to 3 inches fell. Farther southeast, however, another dry and warm week expanded Moderate Drought across southeastern Texas, with some small areas degrading into Severe Drought that had larger short-term deficits. Read more…