TSCRA 2012 Summer Meeting draws to a close

TSCRA’s 2012 Summer Meeting in Fredericksburg ended Friday with a Board of Directors meeting at the Inn on Baron’s Creek. TSCRA officers gave updates on association membership activity and outreach. Attendees heard form special speakers state Sen. Troy Fraser, Dist. 24, Railroad Commissioner Barry Smitherman and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Senior Director of Issues Management Season Solorio. Read more…

Staples and Perry make statements on immigration announcement

The Obama administration announced Friday that the government will stop deporting and begin granting work permits to younger illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children. Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples issued a statement claiming the policy only makes the problem of a porous border and illegal immigration worse, not better. Texas Gov. Rick Perry also released a statement saying these are decisions that should be thoroughly debated within the halls of Congress. Read more…

Extreme heat: A prevention guide to promote your personal health and safety

People suffer heat-related illness when their bodies are unable to compensate and properly cool themselves. The body normally cools itself by sweating. But under some conditions, sweating just isn’t enough. In such cases, a person’s body temperature rises rapidly. Very high body temperatures may damage the brain or other vital organs. Find out how to prevent heat-related illness with this link provided by TSCRA Insurance Services Inc. Read more…

CME: Beef was sole meat to see higher retail price in May

All-fresh beef was the only meat category that garnered higher retail prices in May according to average retail price data released by USDA yesterday. Lower prices were found in the Bureau of Labor Statistics data (upon which the USDA averages are based) for Choice beef, pork, broilers and turkey. Read more…

Video: Wildlife and cattle can coexist

Ken Cearley, a former rancher and now a wildlife specialist with Texas AgriLife Extension service, is often asked if livestock production and a wildlife enterprise such as a hunting lease can coexist on the same ranch. Not only is the answer yes, he says, but cattle are very complimentary to wildlife. Read more…

U.S. Drought Monitor, June 12, 2012

Early in the week, scattered showers and thunderstorms dropped decent rainfall – more than 2 inches – in the north on southeastern Wyoming, western South Dakota, and northeastern North Dakota, and in the south on southern Oklahoma, central, northeastern, and southeastern Texas, and Texas Panhandle around Lubbock. After a dry April in Texas and May in Oklahoma and northern Texas, abnormal dryness and drought had crept back into most of central Oklahoma and eastern Texas, but recent rains have made this area drought-free again. In southern Texas, however, another mostly dry week called for some expansion of Moderate Drought. Read more…