Drought puts food at risk, U.S. warns

More than three-quarters of the nation’s corn and soybean crops are in drought-affected areas, and more than a third of those crops are now rated poor to very poor. The price of corn has increased in recent weeks by 38 percent, and the price of beans is up 24 percent. The country may still have the third-largest corn crop in history because earlier good weather encouraged planting, but Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the drought would increase food prices into 2013. Read more…

Agriculture and child safety

TSCRA Insurance Services Inc. provides this link to an information sheet by the Texas Department of Insurance as a resource for ranchers and landowners with questions about children, safety and the law. Topics covered include which tasks are defined as hazardous by the U.S. Department of Labor, exemptions of family-owned operations and recordkeeping requirements. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Hay stolen in Oklahoma, Attempted cattle theft in Texas Panhandle

TSCRA Special Ranger John Cummings, Dist. 5 in northeast Oklahoma, reports the theft of four 4×6 round bales of mixed grass hay from a property near Oologah sometime between July 13 and 14. TSCRA Special Ranger H.L. Dempsey, Dist. 1, also reports the attempted theft of cattle from a property in Armstrong County southeast of Amarillo sometime between July 12 and 14. Three head of steers were separated from a herd and penned in an alley, but the thieves weren’t able to complete the theft. Read more…

Go Texan Restaurant Roundup July 23-29: Celebrate the menus of the Lone Star State

Make a date to dine out during the week of July 23-29. Participating members of the Texas Department of Agriculture’s GO TEXAN Restaurant Program will feature fresh, Texas cuisine from Lone Star farmers, ranchers and food suppliers. In addition to giving Texans a taste of farm-fresh favorites, the event benefits Texas families when participating restaurants donate some of their profits during Round-Up to local food banks. Visit gotexanrestaurantroundup.com for more information and a list of participating restaurants. Read more…

Juan M. Garcia named FSA administrator

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the appointment of Juan M. Garcia as Farm Service Agency (FSA) administrator, effective July 15, 2012. Garcia previously served as deputy administrator for farm programs where he managed all FSA programs under the Production Emergencies and Compliance Division, Conservation and Environmental Programs Division, and Price Support Division. Read more…

It’s what’s for dinner: Sweet orange-teriyaki beef & vegetable kabobs

July is national grilling month, so make sure that tank is full or the coals are hot and enjoy this spicy-sweet kabob recipe. Read more…