Information sought on theft at Presidio USDA facility

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TSCRA Special Ranger Mike Barr is seeking information on the theft of 3 horses and a mule from a United States Department of Agriculture facility in Presidio, Texas. Read more…

Deadline to submit your YCC application only a few days away

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TSCRA partners with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) to see that leadership development for both organizations is successful. That is why TSCRA is committed to sending delegates each year to NCBA’s Young Cattlemen’s Conference (YCC). The YCC tour has proven to be an effective vehicle in identifying and developing potential leaders. Applications are due by March 1. Read more…

White House unveils new plan to boost exports from rural America

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The Obama administration on Thursday announced a series of initiatives aimed at helping farms and businesses in rural America access overseas markets, noting that those markets could be dramatically widened by the conclusion of ambitious free trade agreements with Pacific Rim nations and with the European Union. Read more at Agri-Pulse…

Economist says 2015 should be good for beef producers

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Cattle prices should remain strong for 2015, after a brief dip during the past two months, according to an LSU AgCenter beef cattle economist. Read more at Drovers CattleNetwork…

US Drought Monitor and Summary for Feb. 24, 2015

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A major winter storm system moved across the Lower to Mid-Mississippi Valley and Southeast during the middle of this USDM week, followed by another system at the end of the week which moved out of the Southern Plains and across the Southeast. The storm systems mostly missed the Gulf of Mexico coastal areas, which generally received less than half an inch of moisture. Read more…

Cameron County cattle fever tick preventative quarantine area update and frequently asked questions

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In October 2014, the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) confirmed the presence of cattle fever ticks on Cameron County premises located outside of the permanent quarantine zone. In order to protect the land, premises, and animals from exposure to cattle fever ticks, the TAHC created a temporary preventative quarantine area (TPQA) in Cameron County, which became effective Oct. 7, 2014. To date, there are 16 infested premises that have been identified in Cameron County. Read more…

Sutton County named primary natural disaster area

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Sutton County in Texas as a primary natural disaster area due to damages and losses caused by a recent drought. Farmers and ranchers in Crockett, Edwards, Kimble, Menard, Schleicher and Val Verde counties also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous Read more…

Senate hearing postponed as TPA talks continue

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The Senate Finance Committee postponed a trade hearing set for Thursday, a sign that talks are progressing on a bill to provide President Obama with the negotiating authority needed to complete a Pacific Rim trade deal. Read more at Agri-Pulse…

It's what's for dinner: Beef sirloin pasta Portobello

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This beef and pasta dish is quick and easy to make for a weeknight treat. Read more at beefitswhatsfordinner.com…

Embassy Suites Fort Worth has rooms available for Cattle Raisers Convention visitors

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If you’re headed to Fort Worth for the Cattle Raisers Convention in March and still need to make hotel reservations, the Embassy Suites at 600 Commerce St. has ten 2-room suites available for only $219. A complimentary breakfast is available on each day with these rooms. For more information, please contact the hotel at 817-332-6900  and reference the TX & SW Cattle Group or visit tscra.org.

TSCRA, TCFA hold 2015 Cattlemen at the Capitol events this week

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TSCRA and Texas Cattle Feeders Association (TCFA) hosted 2015′s Cattlemen at the Capitol this week in Austin. Read more…

Join us in Houston for a reception at the rodeo!

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Join TSCRA and fellow ranchers for a reception at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo at 5:00 p.m., on Friday, March 6 at the Stockman’s Club in the NRG Arena. Everyone is welcome, so invite your family, friends and neighbors. Read more…

Obama vetoes Keystone XL pipeline, leaving it in limbo

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President Barack Obama on Tuesday, as promised, vetoed a Republican bill approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline, leaving the long-debated project in limbo for another indefinite period. The U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, after receiving Obama’s veto message, immediately countered by announcing the Republican-led chamber would attempt to override it by March 3. That is unlikely. Despite their majority, Republicans are four votes short of being able to overturn Obama’s veto. Read more at Reuters…

Texas crop, weather, for Feb. 24, 2015

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There have been considerably more reports of both leaf and stripe rust on wheat than is normal for this time of year, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agronomist Dr. Clark Neely. Wheat rusts are fungal diseases that affect wheat and other small grains. Stripe rust prefers cool, moist weather, whereas leaf rust becomes more prevalent later in the spring when temperatures increase. Read more…

Will eating less meat save the planet?

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TSCRA First Vice President Richard Thorpe talked to Fox Business News’ Stuart Varney about the new dietary guideline recommendations that suggest Americans eat less red meat. Watch the video on Fox Business…

Froman asks county officials to back Obama trade policies

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U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman called on county government officials from across the country to support President Obama’s request for trade promotion authority and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal. Read more at Agri-Pulse

New deadlines announced for Conservation Stewardship Program

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Natural Resources Conservation Service has announced that the USDA is offering a renewal option through March 31 for eligible agricultural producers and forest landowners with expiring Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) contracts. These producers must be willing to adopt additional conservation activities aimed at helping them achieve higher levels of conservation on their farms, forests and ranches. USDA will also extend the deadline for general sign-up CSP applications until March 13 providing farmers, ranchers, and private forest managers 2 additional weeks to apply for this funding round of $100 million. Read more…

FDA issues draft guidance for evaluating drugs for E. Coli reduction

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For years, beef packers have employed a variety of post-harvest interventions to reduce contamination of meat with E. coli O157:H7 or other shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC). Meanwhile, the industry continues to explore options for pre-harvest interventions to reduce the amount of STEC cattle carry into processing plants, thereby enhancing the efficacy of plant interventions. Toward that goal, the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) this week issued a draft guidance outlining appropriate research protocols for companies developing such interventions. Read more at Drovers CattleNetwork…

West Coast ports to begin tackling backlog after labor deal

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U.S. West Coast ports will resume full operations from Saturday evening after a tentative labor deal was reached between a dockworkers union and a group of shippers, easing months of disruptions to trans-Pacific trade that have hit businesses from automakers to meat exports. Read more at Drovers CattleNetwork…

EPA expected to announce  RFS this spring

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to offer a proposal for Renewable Fuels Standards (RFS) for 2014, 2015 and 2016 this spring, and will use actual production levels to determine last year’s mandated volumes. Reuters reports that the agency will address all three years at once and plans to look at broader changes to address long-term issues of demand as well as arguments from refiners that ethanol blending capacity has hit its peak. Read more at USAgNet…