On sale: Get a TSCRA khaki or navy blue cap for the summer

To keep that hot summer sun off your neck, get a navy or khaki TSCRA ball cap for only $15. Click here to go to TSCRA’s Cattle Raisers Trading Company for more information and other items. Read more…

Forecaster: El Niño may strike in third quarter

The feared El Niño weather phenomenon could strike as early as the third quarter of 2012, raising prospects of wreaking weather havoc from North and South America to Asia, the U.S. Climate Prediction Center (CPC) said on Thursday. Read more…

Washington Post: The EPA wins, for science’s sake

As the nation’s attention was on the Supreme Court and health care last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued a ruling concerning America’s response to global warming that does two critical things. First, it emphatically dismisses arguments that the science is too uncertain to justify federal action. Second, it assures Congress that, if lawmakers don’t act on global warming, the courts won’t stop the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from doing so independently of Congress, using the powers the EPA has under the Clean Air Act. Both should persuade lawmakers to develop, at long last, a comprehensive response to climate change instead of leaving the job to the EPA’s command-and-control regulation. Read more…

Oklahoman named president of Livestock Marketing Association

The Livestock Marketing Association (LMA) has announced Tim Starks as president for the 2012-2014 term. Starks grew up on a farm and ranch operation near Cherokee, Okla., where for 30 years he was a customer of the local auction markets. Starks was installed at the 2012 LMA Annual Meeting held in Modesto, Calif., in June. Read more…

Searing sun and drought shrivel corn in Midwest

Across a wide stretch of the Midwest, sweltering temperatures and a lack of rain are threatening what had been expected to be the nation’s largest corn crop in generations. Already, some farmers in Illinois and Missouri have given up on parched and stunted fields, mowing them over. National experts say parts of five corn-growing states, including Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio, are experiencing severe or extreme drought conditions. And in at least 9 states, conditions in one-fifth to one-half of cornfields have been deemed poor or very poor, federal authorities reported this week, a notable shift from the high expectations of just a month ago. Read more…

Texas crop, weather, for July 3, 2012

While parts of the Midwest and Eastern U.S. were hotter going into the July 4 holiday, triple-digit temperatures throughout Texas complicated chances of recovery from last year’s drought. According to the National Weather Service, many areas only received traces of rain — 0.25 inch or less during the last week of June. There were some heavier rains along the Coastal Bend and South Texas areas. But except for a few isolated incidences of 2 to 3 inches, accumulations were generally 1 inch or less. Read more…

It’s what’s for dinner: Beef taco & cheese pockets

This recipe from Texas Beef Council is kid-friendly. Read more…