Cattle thief and federal fugitive found in Mexico

A cattle thief missing since March was located and extradited from Mexico to Texas by U.S. Marshals, Tuesday. Ronald Shepard, 36, is in federal custody and was expected to be arraigned in Houston on Wednesday. An alert was issued by TSCRA soliciting information on Shepard’s whereabouts, including Facebook posts on May 22 and 23 that were shared more than 140 times. The U.S. Marshals Service said that TSCRA provided vital information to the agency, which assisted in locating Shepard in Mexico. Read more…

Long-time West Texas TSCRA Special Ranger Bobby Upchurch retires

TSCRA Special Ranger Bobby Upchurch, Dist. 18 in West Texas, has retired after 26 years of service to the association. A celebration was held in Upchurch’s honor at the Reata Restaurant in his hometown of Alpine, Wednesday evening. Upchurch and wife, Edna, welcomed more than 100 guests, coworkers, friends and area law enforcement officers from the counties in his district for a reception. Read more…

TSCRA Cattleman’s Luncheon held in Wichita Falls Thursday

Thursday’s TSCRA’s Cattleman’s Luncheon attendees in Wichita Falls enjoyed a beef lunch and heard from speaker Tony Dean, district conservationist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), about the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and how technical and financial assistance could benefit their operations. The next Cattleman’s Luncheon will be held on Sept. 13 and will feature a talk by Clint Berry, commercial marketing director with the Red Angus Association of America. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Cattle stolen in Navarro, Coryell counties

TSCRA Special Rangers Jimmy Dickson, Dist. 14, and Marvin Wills, Dist. 15, report the theft of 12 black Angus cows with 6 calves from Navarro County and 3 Brangus heifers from Coryell County. Read more…

House Ag Committee advances farm bill

The House Agriculture Committee approved H.R. 6083, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2012 by a vote of 35-11, Thursday. Committee Chairman Frank Lucas said the action marked an important step forward in the development of the next farm bill. He also said it was a balanced, reform-minded, fiscally responsible bill that underscores the commitment to production agriculture and rural America, achieves real savings, and improves program efficiency. Read more…

HSUS sends notices of plans to sue 51 pork producers

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) gave notice this afternoon that it plans to file lawsuits against 51 large-scale pork producers in North Carolina, Iowa and Oklahoma for unreported ammonia releases into the environment. HSUS said it identified the alleged offenders “after months of research” and said the companies emit “hundreds of pounds” of ammonia per day, endangering farm animals, wildlife, the environment and rural communities. Read more…

It’s what’s for dinner: Caesar beef kabobs

A delicious and healthy meal-in-one! Read more…