FSA offers assistance for producers affected by recent wildfires

The Oklahoma office of the USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced Tuesday that farms and ranches suffering severe damage by recent wildfires may be eligible for assistance under the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP). Assistance is available to restore or replace permanent fences damaged during the devastating wildfires, and also to replace lost feed or hay. Additional programs could become available to producers who have suffered livestock losses, so thorough record keeping is encouraged. Read more…

House, Senate urge EPA to adjust ethanol mandate

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) stands with 156 U.S. representatives and 26 senators in their quest to bring commonsense to Washington, D.C., and relief to rural America by encouraging Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson to implement a waiver to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Last week, more than 150 representatives signed a letter to Jackson, and on Aug. 7, nearly 30 senators did the same. Read more…

Texas A&M Beef Short Course producers hear optimistic outlook on weather patterns

Texas beef producers attending the 58th Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course in College Station looked intently at several maps depicting future weather patterns across the Lone Star State. Included in the predictions are that West Texas and states such as Colorado, Oklahoma will leave hot temperatures and drought behind sometime this winter. Read more…

Crops get a break from historic drought

Rain and cooler temperatures in the drought-stricken U.S. Midwest crop belt will provide relief for late-season soybeans, but the change in the weather is arriving too late to help the already severely damaged corn crop, an agricultural meteorologist said on Wednesday. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Beefmaster cows and calves missing in Colorado County

TSCRA Special Ranger Tommy Charbula, Dist. 24 in South Texas, reports cattle missing from a property near Cat Spring in Colorado County. Missing since June 14 are 7 adult Beefmaster cows and 3 Beefmaster calves The cows are branded with “CZ” and a “T over”V” on the left hip. If you have any information regarding this case, please call Special Ranger Charbula at 361-782-5209. Read more…

Texas crop, weather, 8-7-12

As corn prices surge, the condition of the crop varied widely around the state, according to reports by Texas AgriLife Extension Service personnel. Where drought conditions ruled, dryland corn generally suffered. But irrigated corn was in trouble as well in some areas, such as the Rolling Plains, as later-planted fields went into their peak water usage stage and well water levels dropped. In the Panhandle, it was a mixed bag, with some agents reporting the crop to be in fair condition while others said it was stressed. Read more…