Fourth suspect in cattle theft ring arrested

The final suspect in a cattle theft ring is no longer on the run after turning himself in to Wise County authorities, Friday. TSCRA Special Ranger John Bradshaw investigated the case with Oklahoma Department of Agriculture Agent Michael Hooper. Read more…

Dunes sagebrush lizard will not be listed as endangered

The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Wednesday, June 13 applauded the decision from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to not list the dunes sagebrush lizard as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. The announcement comes after stakeholders, including ranchers and landowners, spent more than a year developing and implementing voluntary conservation agreements that protect the species without federal government intervention. Read more…

Resources available to help increase lesser prairie chicken populations

The lesser prairie-chicken is now a candidate species under the endangered species act. According to wildlife experts, if populations of the species continue to decline, the next step would be a proposal for listing and then eventually a full listing as either threatened or endangered causing landowners and/or operators to face land use restrictions. Read more…

Johanns introduces legislation banning EPA aerial surveillance

Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb., introduced an amendment June 12 to the farm bill banning the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) use of aerial surveillance after the agency failed to provide comprehensive answers about the program’s use nationwide. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Kawasaki utility vehicle stolen in Bastrop County

TSCRA Special Ranger Doug Hutchison, Dist. 20, has reported the theft of a Kawasaki Mule™ utility vehicle and various tools from a property near Red Rock in Bastrop County. On June 10, sometime between midnight and 3:00 a.m., a thief or thieves entered a garage to steal a red 1988 Kawasaki Mule™ and assorted hand tools, socket sets and chains. The Mule™ had a canvas top and a tool basket on the front. If you have any information on this theft, please call Special Ranger Hutchison at 512-863-2337. Read more…

Texas crop, weather for June 12, 2012|

Last year’s drought is the most likely reason producers are seeing more grasshoppers and fewer honeybees this year. High grasshopper populations are tied to hot, dry weather for a number of reasons. Read more…