Early voting for Texas primary runoff elections begins Monday

Early voting for the Texas Primary Runoff is July 23-27. Election Day is July 31. Visit www.votetexas.gov for polling location and ballot information. Click here to view the candidates the TSCRA PAC is supporting in the runoff. Read more…

TSCRA ranch gathering held in Spearman on Thursday

TSCRA ranch gathering host Blake Birdwell, Muleshoe, welcomed about 50 members and guests to the O’Loughlin Center in Spearman Thursday evening. Attendees heard from speakers and enjoyed a beef dinner. Read more…

Nationwide search underway for “Faces of Farming and Ranching”

The U.S. Farming and Ranching Alliance (USFRA) is looking for standout farmers and ranchers who are proud of what they do, eager to share their stories of continuous improvement with others and who are actively involved today in sharing those stories. Farmers and ranchers who raise a variety of foods differently, at differing scale and in all areas of the country are encouraged to apply as it is important to show American agriculture and all of its diversity. Read more…

Widespread drought likely to worsen

The drought that has settled over more than half of the continental United States this summer is the most widespread in more than half a century. And it is likely to grow worse. The latest outlook released by the National Weather Service on Thursday forecasts increasingly dry conditions over much of the nation’s breadbasket, a development that could lead to higher food prices and shipping costs as well as reduced revenues in areas that count on summer tourism. Read more…

Drought gives urgency to farm bill, compromise on food stamp cuts

As record drought conditions continue to plague farmers and send corn prices higher, some lawmakers are pressing House leaders to bring the now-stalled farm bill to the floor. The legislation addressed by Congress once every five years was approved by the House Agriculture Committee, but there have been indications that House leaders won’t bring the legislation to the floor before the election. Read more…

Livestock and poultry groups fight for RFS reform

Livestock and poultry groups urged Congress to reform the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) today after releasing a study outlining the impact of corn ethanol production on food and commodity prices. According to the study, federal ethanol policy mandating the amount of ethanol produced annually has increased and destabilized corn, soybean and wheat prices. The RFS, first imposed in 2005 and revised in 2007, this year requires 15.2 billion gallons of ethanol to be produced. Read more…

U.S. Drought Monitor, 7-17-12

Another week of hot and dry weather continued the deterioration of crop conditions in America’s breadbasket. U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports for the week ending July 15 indicated that 38 percent of the nation’s corn crop was in poor to very poor condition, compared to 30 percent a week ago, and 30 percent of soybeans were in poor to very poor condition, compared to 27 percent last week. Fifty-four percent of the nation’s pasture and range land was in poor to very poor condition, which is a jump of 4 percent compared to last week and is an all-time high for the 1995-2012 growing season weekly history. Read more…