TSCRA supports The Red River Private Property Protection Act

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TSCRA announced support July 29 of H.R. 4979, also known as the Red River Private Property Protection Act, authored by Rep. Mac Thornberry, Texas, Dist. 13. The legislation provides legal certainty for landowners along the Red River. TSCRA submitted a letter of support for the record at a hearing before the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee’s Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation. Read more…

House passes bill to modernize Endangered Species Act

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The House passed H.R. 4315 the Endangered Species Transparency and Reasonableness Act on Tuesday, July 29, by a vote of 233 to 190. The Public Lands Council (PLC) and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) strongly support the legislation, which combines four bills previously marked up by the House Natural Resources Committee, and will be beneficial to updating and improving the Endangered Species Act of 1973. Read more…

Appeals court upholds COOL

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The federal D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday rejected a challenge to the Agriculture Department’s meat labeling rules, delivering the latest in a series of blows to industry groups that oppose the regulations as needlessly burdensome. Upholding previous rulings, the court let stand the department’s country-of-origin labeling (COOL) requirements for cuts of meat. Read more at The Hill

Texas doctors issue warning about poisonous caterpillars

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Doctors are cautioning residents to avoid a small, furry caterpillar whose bite can cause severe pain and dangerous allergic reactions. Read more at The Houston Chronicle

Texas crop, weather, for July 29, 2014

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Fall armyworms are more like “summer” armyworms this year due to unseasonable rains in July. The rains were favorable for crops, but they also set up conditions for armyworms to survive and increase in numbers. Read more…

USDA reopens Mexico inspection facility

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Pre-inspected cattle are again crossing through the border city of Presidio, Texas, thanks to a U.S. Department of Agriculture decision to reopen the busy Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service facility across the border in Ojinaga, Mexico. Read more at Columbus CEO

Preventing heat stress in cattle takes priority in summer

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Summer is here and so is the heat. While animal owners are sure to give pets plenty of water and shade, it is just as important for ranchers to have enough water and shade for cattle and other grazing animals. Heat stress can greatly impact cattle performance. The ideal temperature range in which beef cattle are most productive is between 41 degrees and 77 degrees Fahrenheit. When temperatures exceed this range, cattle are less productive and at greater risk of heat stress. Read more…

Cattle Outlook: Strong demand

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Strong meat demand is a big factor in this year’s record cattle and beef prices. Domestic meat demand was up 4.6 percent in May compared to a year earlier. On average, domestic demand for red meat and poultry has been up 3.0 percent in the last 12 months. May domestic demand for beef was up 6.7 percent compared to May 2013. On average, over the last 12 months beef demand was up 1.5 percent. Export demand for U.S. beef was up 7.5 percent in May compared to a year ago. The average for the last 12 months is up 11.8 percent. Read more at AgWeb Beef Today

USDA announces grants to help veterans and minority farmers and ranchers get started

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USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden announced Tuesday the availability of more than $9 million in outreach and technical assistance for minority farmers and ranchers and military veterans that are new to farming and ranching. The funding, provided through the Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program, also known as the 2501 Program, will enable community-based organizations and other partners to work directly with these groups to successfully acquire, own and operate farms and ranches and equitably participate in all USDA programs. Read more…

Free passes to Texas Ranch Roundup Trade Show for TSCRA members

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Members of TSCRA are eligible for two free passes for each day of the Texas Ranch Roundup Trade Show in Wichita Falls. This is a $20 value! The passes are not reusable and will be collected for each day at the gate by Roundup staff. Please note this promotion does NOT include admission to the rodeo. To get your passes, click here…

Get a sneak peek at the August issue of The Cattleman

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The August print edition of The Cattleman will be in your mailbox soon, but if you’d like to start reading it right now, the digital version is ready for you in the TSCRA Member Center. This digital edition of The Cattleman is free to TSCRA members, and is an exclusive benefit of your membership. Read more…

Update on South Texas VS cases

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The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) received confirmation of 8 new cases of vesicular stomatitis (VS) in horses in Central Texas: 5 in Travis County and 3 in Bastrop County. To date, 21 premises in 8 Texas counties have been confirmed with VS. Read more…

Mid-year inventory shows further declines in cattle numbers

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The July 1 Cattle report from USDA, released on Friday, July 25, shows reductions in almost all classes of cattle since the last mid-year report issued in July 2012. Last year, USDA did not issue a July Cattle report due to the sequestration that temporarily reduced funding for federal government agencies. Read more at Drovers CattleNetwork

Oklahoma attorney general on the warpath against HSUS

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Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is on the warpath against deceptive fundraising and has set his sight on the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). After issuing a consumer warning against HSUS in May 2013, Pruitt is back — this time with an inquiry into HSUS fundraising campaigns after Quadriga Art, a charity fundraiser for HSUS and other nonprofit organizations, recently agreed to a $25 million settlement. Read more at Drovers CattleNetwork

EPA chief won’t ditch the waters rule, but she is digging for answers

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EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, who is under fire in rural America for a “Waters of the United States” rule that EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers proposed in April, has been making the effort, with a trip to Missouri early in July and a meeting last week with Republicans on the Senate Agriculture Committee who have been asking for a sit-down since May. Read more at National Journal

Illinois-based firm overhauls China business in meat safety scandal

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A leading U.S. meat supplier said Monday that the operation of a Chinese subsidiary at the center of a food safety scandal was “absolutely inconsistent” with the company’s standards. OSI Group LLC said it was suspending operations at Shanghai Husi Food and would review all its China plants in a bid to limit further damage after losing two major customers. Read more at Reuters

Cow-Calf Corner: Herd rebuilding will be a slow process; The “positive associative effect” of high protein supplements

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In the July 28 issue of Cow-Calf Corner, a newsletter from the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, Derrell Peel talks timing in the herd rebuilding process and Glenn Selk discusses the positive effects of high protein supplements on the cow gut. Read more…

Ranch gathering held in Rosenberg July 22

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About 200 ranchers, landowners and guests joined TSCRA and the Fort Bend County AgriLife Extension Office for a ranch gathering in Rosenberg on Tuesday. Read more…

US meat, seafood prices rising on drought and disease: USDA

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Overall U.S. food inflation will remain near the historic norm in 2014, even as prices for meat and seafood are pushed higher by disease and widespread drought, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Friday. Prices for shelf-stable and processed items made by companies such as General Mills and Kraft Foods Group are relatively flat.  Read more at Reuters…

US Drought Monitor and Summary, July 22, 2014

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Even after a dry 7-day period in much of Texas last week, 60-day precipitation is generally at or above normal in most of the state, along with Oklahoma. The issue, however, is to balance the short-term wetness with the long-term (multi-year) drought which has impacted hydrological interests. Taking this into consideration, 1-category improvements were made in most areas where this week’s rainfall exceeded 2 inches. Read more at droughtmonitor.unl.edu…