Staples urges Congress to reform Endangered Species Act to protect property owners’ rights, jobs, natural resources

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples is urging Congress to put an end to the overbearing regulations of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the abuse and misuse of the Endangered Species Act. In an ongoing effort to protect Texas private property owners’ rights, jobs and natural resources, Staples submitted written testimony June 19 to the U.S. House of Representatives’ committee on natural resources. Read more…

Cattle Outlook: Retail beef demand improves in May

Preliminary data indicate retail beef demand may have rebounded in May after a 1.8 percent decline in April. Export demand for beef was down 9.9 percent in April. Fed cattle demand was down 5.6 percent in April and down 0.3 percent in May. Thus far, 2012 domestic meat demand appears little changed from January-May 2011. Read more…

Tips to combat sinus pain and pressure

Nasal congestion, sinus pressure and pain are common symptoms that can result from colds and allergies. But you can manage your sinus problems once you understand the causes and treatments. TSCRA Insurance Services Inc. provides this link to help with your sinus action plan. Read more…

U.S. Drought Monitor, June 19, 2012

In the southern Plains, a patchwork of thundershowers resulted in expansion of some Abnormally Dry to Severe Drought and contraction of other Abnormally Dry to Extreme Drought in parts of Texas. Abnormally Dry to Severe Drought expanded in Oklahoma, with Extreme Drought expanding in the Oklahoma panhandle and into southwest Kansas. The impact boundaries were also adjusted in the southern and central Plains to reflect the changing nature of hydrological and agricultural (long-term and short-term) impacts. Read more…