TSCRA testifies at eminent domain hearing in Austin

The Texas House Land and Resource Management Committee held a hearing Monday at the Texas State Capitol in Austin regarding eminent domain issues relating to oil and gas pipeline activities. Clayton Henry, a TSCRA member from Wichita Falls, delivered testimony on behalf of TSCRA and stressed the importance of protecting private property rights in oil and gas pipeline condemnation cases. Henry serves on TSCRA’s Legislative and Tax Committee. Also in attendance for TSCRA was Director Arthur Uhl, chairman of the Legislative and Tax Committee; TSCRA Director Jamie Donnell; and TSCRA Member James Uhl. Read more…

Support Texas farmers, ranchers, during GO TEXAN Restaurant Round-Up this week

Citing a growing interest in the local food movement among Texans, Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples encouraged diners Friday to support Texas farmers and ranchers by eating at restaurants participating in the upcoming GO TEXAN Restaurant Round-Up, presented by Farm Credit, July 23-29. The Round-Up is the only week-long, statewide dine-out event in Texas showcasing restaurants that serve locally produced food and beverages. Read more…

Early voting begins today for Texas primary runoff elections

Early voting for the Texas Primary Runoff begins Monday and runs through Friday. Election day is on Tuesday, July 31. Visit votetexas.gov for polling location and ballot information. Click here to view the candidates the TSCRA PAC is supporting in the runoff. Read more…

USDA launches new effort to assist drought-weary farmers and ranchers

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on July 23 new flexibility and assistance in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) major conservation programs to get much-needed help to livestock producers as the most wide-spread drought in seven decades intensifies in the U.S. Vilsack also announced plans to encourage crop insurance companies to provide a short grace period for farmers on unpaid insurance premiums, as some farming families can be expected to struggle to make ends meet at the close of the crop year. Read more…

Cow-Calf Corner: Beef demand is still key; Early weaning spring-born calves

The continued worsening of the drought has cattle markets on the defensive in just about every respect. Loss of forage and reduced hay production is causing early feeder cattle sales and additional cow culling. Derrell S. Peel talks beef demand and supply fundamentals and how this will play out in the markets as the year –and possibly the drought – plays out. Dr. Glenn Selk also discusses how early weaning spring-born calves could help ranchers in drought-stricken ranchers. Read more…

Cattlemen comment on EPA’s dust standard

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) made clear its position on any attempt by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to lower the coarse particulate matter standard as part of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) during a public hearing hosted by the EPA. Read more…

Competing egg lobbies disagree on measure requiring larger cages for hens

The Senate Agriculture Committee is set to hold a hearing on a bill this week that would require farmers to use larger cages for egg-laying hens, which eventually could find its way into the 2012 Farm Bill. The fight pits the large United Egg Producers (UEP) against the much smaller and newer Egg Farmers of America. Read more…

TSCRA Event Calendar

To view TSCRA’s entire list of events, click here to go to the TSCRA calendar. Under the “select category” dropdown list, choose which events you would like to view: Cattlemen’s Industry Events, Education, Sale Calendar, TSCRA Events, or Ranch Gatherings. Make sure those selections have a checkmark and then click the “go” button. You can choose as few or as many event categories as you like.

July 27: Regional Cattlemen’s Workshop, Bay City
Aug. 11: Southern Plains Beef Symposium, Ardmore, Okla.
Aug. 16: Dilley Luncheon, Pacho Garcia Café, Dilley
Aug. 17-18: Young Leadership Series, Fort Worth
Aug. 21: Ranching 101, Fort Worth
Aug. 30: Proper Injection Sites & Equipment Care Demo, Lindsay
Sept. 7: TSCRA Cattleman’s Luncheon, Nacogdoches
Sept. 13: TSCRA Cattleman’s luncheon, Wichita Falls
Sept. 24-26: TSCRA Fall Meeting, Austin Please note: this meeting is Monday through Wednesday
Sept. 27: TSCRA Ranch Gathering, Fredericksburg