Oklahoma man arrested on charges of horse theft

A Wynona, Okla. man was arraigned on 2 felony counts of Larceny of Domestic Animals Tuesday after he confessed to stealing 2 horses he was hired to break and train. Michael John Delaney II, 26, turned himself in to authorities on Monday. Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Special Ranger Bart Perrier led the investigations leading up to Delaney’s surrender. Read more…

Early primary runoff voting ends Friday

Early voting for the Texas Primary Runoff runs through Friday, July 27. Election day is on Tuesday, July 31. Visit votetexas.gov for polling location and ballot information. Read more…

TAHC reports no vesicular stomatitis found in Texas

The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) reported Tuesday that TAHC veterinarians have conducted numerous investigations in Texas for vesicular stomatitis and have not found any cases. On April 30, 2012, the National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames, Iowa, confirmed a finding of vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) infection in two New Mexico horses. Read more…

Report shows real harm of estate taxes

The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Wednesday said it concurs with a Joint Economic Committee (JEC) report that details the financial harm posed by estate taxes on family businesses. The JEC, a bipartisan committee composed of members from the House and Senate, issued its report, “Costs and Consequences of the Federal Estate Tax,” earlier this week. According to the report, there are extensive costs associated with the estate tax in terms of the dissolution of family businesses, slower growth of capital stock and a loss of output and income over time. This can be particularly hard on farm families, who own 98 percent of the nation’s 2.2 million farms. Read more…

Severe drought seen as driving cost of food up

Scorching heat and the worst drought in nearly a half-century are threatening to send food prices up, spooking consumers and leading to worries about global food costs. On Wednesday, the government said it expected the record-breaking weather to drive up the price for groceries next year, including milk, beef, chicken and pork. The drought is now affecting 88 percent of the corn crop, a staple of processed foods and animal feed as well as the nation’s leading farm export. Read more…

Beef flavor research: Consumer changes from 2005 to 2012

The beef checkoff has continuous interest in conducting research among U.S. consumers to better understand preparation methods and flavors used in beef preparation. Given the changing nature of availability of foods and preferences, the beef checkoff has been tracking these consumption patterns. Research was conducted in 2002, 2005 and again in 2012. Read more…

It’s what’s for dinner: Chuckwagon beef & pasta skillet

This easy recipe is quick and tasty. Read more…