It's what's for dinner: Mediterranean beef and salad pita

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Traditionally Mediterranean ingredients like feta and olives are mixed into a salad in a unique presentation. Read more at beefitswhatsfordinner.com…

State Sen. Ken Paxton meets with Cattle Raisers

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TSCRA welcomed Texas State Sen. Ken Paxton, Dist. 8, to their headquarters in Fort Worth, Wednesday, for a meeting to discuss issues important to cattle raisers. Topics included the EPA’s proposed rule on “waters of the U.S.,” private property rights, eminent domain and the upcoming state elections. Read more…

Abbott reiterates opposition to Red River land grab; Demands real answers

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Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has again urged the Federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to drop its claims to private property along the Red River. A letter dated Aug. 13 seeks specific answers about the exact property the BLM now claims belongs to the federal government, asks the BLM to further explain the legal basis for its claim to private property and highlights the economic harm that the BLM’s actions are imposing on Texas landowners. This is the second letter Abbott has written to the BLM seeking this information. The BLM’s response to the first letter failed to answer substantive legal questions about its claims to private property along the Red River. Read more…

Texas crop, weather, for Aug. 12, 2014

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Faced with limited irrigation water because of low aquifer levels and little to no surface water this summer, Winter Garden growers are abandoning hopes of planting traditional August crops such as cabbage. The Texas Winter Garden region is one of the major U.S. production areas of irrigated vegetables such as cabbage, spinach, onions, cucumbers and melons, along with pecans. The region lies southwest of San Antonio and is comprised mainly of six counties, Medina, Uvalde, Dimmit, Frio, La Salle and Zavala, but also includes parts of Atascosa, Maverick and McMullen counties Read more…

Aquifer feeding the High Plains shrinks

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The chief underground water source for irrigating the agriculture-rich Texas High Plains is depleting at a pace that some fear will exhaust it far more quickly than anticipated. Records examined by the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal show the Ogallala Aquifer has dropped about 325 billion gallons every year for at least the past four decades, meaning the 40-foot decline in the water supply amounts to about a foot each year. The aquifer covers parts of eight states from the Dakotas to Texas, holds almost 3 billion acre-feet of water and could run out in 50 years, according to a Kansas study last year. Read more at The Longview News-Journal…

GAO faults cost analyses for EPA regulations

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A government report made public Monday finds fault with the Environmental Protection Agency’s analyses of the costs and benefits of its regulations. The Government Accountability Office report concluded that information incorporated into the EPA’s Regulatory Impact Analyses (RIA) was sometimes murky. Read more at The Hill…

Hunting, fishing licenses on sale Aug. 15

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New licenses for the 2014-15 hunting and fishing seasons go on sale Friday, August 15. The current year Texas hunting and fishing licenses (except year-to-date fishing licenses) will expire Aug. 31. In addition to a hunting license, anyone born after Sept. 1, 1971, must successfully complete a hunter education training course or purchase a one-time deferral good for one license year in order to hunt legally in Texas. The certification is valid for life and is honored in all other states and provinces. A Migratory Game Bird endorsement and Harvest Information Program (HIP) certification are also required to hunt dove or teal in September. Read more…

200 attend Hamilton Ranch Gathering

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About 200 ranchers, members and guests braved the heat to join us for a ranch gathering at the Circle T Arena in Hamilton last Thursday. Read more…

Register now for TSCRA Fall Meeting in Austin

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The 2014 Fall Meeting comes to Austin Sept. 24-26 to prepare cattle raisers for the upcoming Texas legislative session. This meeting is designed to allow attendees to focus on issues and policies, which will guide TSCRA leaders as they work on behalf of members in Austin and Washington. Topics will include the EPA and the Waters of the US rule, Country of Origin Labeling, border security, updates on weather and climate, and more. Make your hotel reservations before Sept. 3 to get the best rates. Read more…

Attorney General Greg Abbott opposes EPA proposal to regulate

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Texas Atty. Gen. Greg Abbott filed a formal objection Monday to proposed federal regulations that will trample private property rights and dramatically expand EPA’s authority. “[T]he proposed rule…would erode private property rights and have devastating effects on the landowners of Texas,” the letter states. Read more…

Infographic: Ground beef thawing

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According to beef checkoff’s market insights, older millennial parents purchase ground beef more often than other cuts of beef. With that in mind, the checkoff’s new Ground Beef thawing infographic highlights recent checkoff research about the best way to thaw frozen ground beef in the microwave in less than 10 minutes. Read more…

Cow-Calf Corner: Optimal risk and production management with record high cattle prices; Prepare a calving kit before fall calving season

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In the Aug. 11 issue of Cow/Calf Corner, a newsletter from the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, Derrell Peel discusses risk and production management in today’s cattle market and Glenn Selk talks putting together a “calving kit” before fall calving season. Read more…

Texas beef producers can apply for federal disaster aid due to drought

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Federal disaster aid for Texas cattle producers is available and officials are encouraging producers to act quickly in applying for programs. USDA-Farm Service Agency administrators from Texas gave updates on livestock disaster programming in College Station at the 60th Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course, coordinated by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the department of animal science at Texas A&M University. Ranchers are encouraged to call the Farm Service Agency office in their county to set up appointments as deadlines approach for these programs, officials said. Read more…

Missourians approve amendment on farming

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Voters in Missouri have narrowly approved a constitutional amendment allowing for a right to farm, a measure that deeply divided the state and set off an influx of spending and television ads. Results from the Missouri secretary of state showed that with all 3,898 precincts reporting, the amendment prevailed with 50.1 percent of the vote — a difference of 2,528 votes. The proposal, known as Amendment 1, guaranteed the rights of Missouri residents to “engage in farming and ranching practices,” a move supporters hope will preserve the state’s agricultural heritage and guard against attacks from animal welfare groups.Read more at The New York Times

FSA Administrator Juan Garcia retires

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USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan Garcia is retiring after 37 years with USDA, the agency announced Thursday. Garcia was selected to serve as administrator of FSA in July 2012. He previously served as deputy administrator for farm programs. He also served as state executive director for Texas and as the agricultural program manager (APM) for the Farm Service Agency in Texas. Prior to his selection as the APM, Garcia worked as a district director and served earlier in his career as county executive director. Read more at Agri-Pulse

AgriLife Extension adds two new quail apps

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The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has added two new quail management apps to their growing tally of electronic resources for tech-savvy wildlife managers. The Northern Bobwhite Management Calendar app offers instructions on habitat management practices and population census techniques through monthly recommendations. The recommendations focus on enhancing habitat and understanding quail populations and predator management. The Northern Bobwhite Habitat Evaluation app centers around quail-friendly plant species specific to Central and West Texas, though the tool also features habitat evaluation techniques beneficial for other regions. Read more…

US Drought Monitor and Summary for Aug. 5, 2014

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Aside from some heavy showers in northern and eastern Texas, significant rainfall largely bypassed the Lone Star State in late July and early August. As a result, both topsoil and subsoil moisture was rated 67 percent very short to short on Aug. 3, according to USDA. Several degradations in the drought depiction were introduced in Texas, while USDA reported that rangeland and pasture “conditions began to deteriorate in areas of Edwards Plateau due to dry weather.” In addition, some producers in southern Texas “began to provide supplemental feed.” Read more…

Attend a ranch gathering in Holdenville Aug. 19

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TSCRA will host a ranch gathering Tuesday, Aug. 19, at the Holdenville High School Cafeteria in Holdenville, Okla. Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by a complimentary beef dinner. The event is free and open to the public. Anyone interested in ranching or cattle raising is welcome to attend. Read more…

Edwards Aquifer plummets, more pumping cuts likely within days

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The rapidly falling Edwards Aquifer reached a critical low point Wednesday that likely will mandate an unprecedented 40 percent cut in pumping by early next week. Read more at the San Antonio Express-News…

Japan, US resume TPP talks on market access for beef, pork

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Trade officials from Japan and the United States resumed negotiations over outstanding issues on market access for agricultural products such as beef and pork under the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Both governments will explore ways to strike a deal, possibly this fall, regarding Japan’s exceptional tariffs on some farm products, so that plenary talks on the 12-country free trade initiative can move forward, a Japanese official said. Read more at The Japan Times…