Cattle supply, depletion, becoming serious concerns

June’s market action was fast and furious. That derives from lots of unknowns across a number of fronts including the global economy, fiscal policy and weather. The culmination makes traders uneasy and quick to respond to any news that might prove important. We’re working with headline-driven markets and that’s likely to continue in the coming months as we navigate through the push and pull of various market drivers. Read more…

USDA authorizes emergency haying of CRP acres for 5 Texas counties

USDA’s Texas Farm Service Agency (FSA) has announced that in response to drought conditions, emergency haying use of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres for five Texas counties has been authorized. Based on a decision made by the Texas FSA State Committee, CRP emergency haying approval will only be available for those CRP lands that were not utilized for haying or grazing during the previous 12 months. Read more…

Stray Mexican cattle captured in Texas

Stray livestock wandering from Chihuahua, Mexico, into Texas continue to present animal health concerns along the Rio Grande River in far West Texas, according to Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) officials. A total of 96 head of cattle originating from Mexico were recently rounded up and transported to government pens for inspection and testing. Luckily, all of the animals tested negative for both bovine tuberculosis and brucellosis, diseases found commonly in Mexico. Read more…

Lucas and Peterson release House farm bill

House Committee on Agriculture Chairman Frank Lucas of Oklahoma and ranking member Collin Peterson of Minnesota released a discussion draft of the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act (FARRM) Thursday. FARRM is a bipartisan bill that saves taxpayers billions, reduces the nation’s deficit, and repeals outdated policies while reforming, streamlining, and consolidating others. It is the product of a 2-year process that examined every single policy under the jurisdiction of the House Committee on Agriculture. Read more…

Drought-killed trees could become liability issues for landowners

The Texas Forest Service is encouraging homeowners and landowners to remove fire- and drought-killed trees that are within falling distance of neighboring homes, roads and pathways. Failure to do so, agency officials say, could make you liable for damages. Read more…

How to test your pond for blue-green algae

Blue-green algae is one of the animal health issues that you have to deal with every summer. The toxins can be extremely poisonous to livestock. Read more…

U.S. Drought Monitor, July 3, 2012

Overall, this week featured the expansion and intensification of dryness in large sections of the country, with only southern Texas reporting some improvement. Light precipitation (0.5 inch or less) fell on most areas of dryness and drought, with only scattered areas reporting more than an inch, primarily in the northern Plains, lower Mississippi Valley, southernmost Great Lakes region, Appalachians, mid-Atlantic region, and southern Texas. Read more…