Lawsuit will seek to stop NCBA as a checkoff contractor

According to the Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM), a lawsuit will be filed Friday in federal court seeking a permanent injunction against the use of beef checkoff funds by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) as a contractor. The suit was filed on behalf of OCM Vice President Mike Callicrate against the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), the Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB), and CBB’s operating committee. In a press conference Thursday, OCM President Fred Stokes announced news of the lawsuit, which he claimed was fostered by the animal rights activist group Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS). Read more…

USDA cuts corn-crop estimate as drought hurts yields

Corn production in the U.S., the world’s largest grower and exporter, will drop 13 percent to a six-year low after the hottest July since 1936 damaged Midwest fields, the government said. Crop conditions on Aug. 5 were the worst since 1988, and 69 percent of the Midwest this week had moderate to exceptional drought, government data show. Read more…

Back-to-school health checklist

Shuffling your child back to school these days takes more than a new wardrobe and a shiny apple. What about the dizzying array of immunizations? Hearing and vision tests? Special instructions for the school nurse? And tips for buying and loading that backpack? TSCRA Insurance Services Inc. provides this link to tips from Web MD on how to keep your child on the right track to health this school year. Read more…

Conditions ripe for dove season

A bumper crop of native sunflower and other seed producing weedy plants this year have created ideal habitat conditions leading into September’s dove hunter opener. Better habitat is good for the birds, but might make hunting tougher during the early migratory game bird seasons, according to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department biologists. Read more…

U.S. Drought Monitor, 8-7-12

Much of the Plains saw the pattern of excessive heat and dryness persist, leading to more expansion across Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and parts of Texas. Read more…