US Drought Monitor and Summary for the week of April 14, 2015

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The Southern Plains experienced another week with relatively wet conditions. There were minor improvements in all drought categories in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and southeast Kansas. Looking ahead, above-normal precipitation is expected from the Southern Plains across the South and Southeast. Drier conditions are expected across much of the West. Read more…

Governor renews drought proclamation

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Gov. Greg Abbott has renewed the certification that exceptional drought conditions that began in 2010 continue to pose a threat of imminent disaster in specified areas of Texas. Read the proclamation…  

USDA designates 6 Texas counties as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Brown, Callahan, McCulloch, Menard, Mills and Taylor counties in Texas as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by a recent drought. Farmers and ranchers in 17 additional counties also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous. Read more…

It’s what’s for dinner: Beef and cream cheese bagelwich

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Think bagel and lox, but sub in your favorite steak or roast beef. Read more…

Shuster to present legislation to stop EPA’s WOTUS rule

U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA) will introduce the Regulatory Protection Act of 2015 on Monday, April 20, legislation that will require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to repeal its proposed “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule. “Our economy can’t grow if the Obama Administration is standing in the way with new job killing regulations at every turn,” said Shuster, chairman of the transportation and infrastructure committee. “This EPA power grab demonstrates how important it is that Congress reins in the federal government. My legislation stops the Waters of the United States rule and protects Pennsylvania farmers, homebuilders and small businesses from its harmful implications.” An article by The Ripon Advance:  Rep. Shuster to Present Legislation to Stop WOTUS Rule Read more…

Hugo man charged with larceny of livestock

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A Hugo, Okla., man was arrested and charged with larceny of livestock on Friday, April 10, for stealing cattle on two occasions from Watkins Ranch, Madill, Okla. Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger Bart Perrier led the investigation and TSCRA Special Ranger Troy McKinney assisted.  Perrier says the suspect, Robert Don Covington, 34, was an employee of the Watkins Ranch at the time of the theft.  Covington is alleged to have stolen three calves from the Watkins ranch on Sunday, March 22, and transported them to Atoka, Okla., where they were sold the following day for $2,648.81. Covington is alleged to have then stolen two more calves from the Watkins ranch on Saturday, March 28, and again transported them to Atoka Read more…

Texas crop, weather, for April 14, 2015

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Only about 5 percent of Texas cotton is planted, down from the 5-year average of 12 percent for this time of year, according to the latest weekly reports from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service personnel across the state. But numbers can be misleading. Wet conditions and uncertainty about cotton prices have held back plantings in many areas, but the usual planting date for the Rolling Plains, South Plains and Panhandle, where the bulk of Texas cotton is grown, is still about a month away. Read more…

Cattle Raisers Trading Co. gets a new look

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ttend a Ranch Gathering in Cotulla April 21

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TSCRA will host a ranch gathering Tuesday, April 21 at the Larry Griffin Emergency Operations Center in Cotulla. Registration will begin at 6:00 p.m. followed by a complimentary beef dinner. TSCRA Special Ranger Robin Clark will provide a law enforcement update and offer ranchers information on how they can keep their livestock and equipment safe and secure. Read more…

House bill would kill Clean Water Act rule, force replacement

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House Republicans introduced legislation Monday that would force federal agencies to kill and then replace a proposed rule to re-define what streams, wetlands and other areas are regulated under the Clean Water Act. Read more at Agri-Pulse…

Ag Committee Chairman Conaway supports legislation to stop EPA power grab

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House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway, R-Texas, announced he is an original sponsor of legislation introduced today by House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster, R-Pa., and the Transportation Committee’s Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee Chairman Bob Gibbs, R-Ohio, to stop the Environmental Protection Agency’s “waters of the U.S.” proposed rule. Read more…

TDA Market Recap, April 13, 2015

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For the week ending April 11, 2015, Texas auctions quoted feeder cattle prices mostly steady, ranging from $2 to $4 higher per hundredweight (cwt). Texas weekly direct feeder cattle sales were mostly steady to $3 higher. Fed cattle weekly cash sales were $2 higher at $167 per cwt. Wholesale beef values were higher with Choice Grade gaining 94 cents to close at $256.51 per cwt, but Select Grade lost 1 cent to close at $249.91 per cwt. Net export sales for March 27-April 2 were up noticeably from the previous week. Export shipments were up two percent from the previous week. Read more…

Texas Beef Checkoff shows bullish numbers

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Just six months in, the Texas Beef Checkoff posted a revenue of $3.4 million. That money will be used to revamp marketing strategies to share beefy messages with consumer audiences, enhance producer communications and provide beef content to retail partners. In addition to promoting and marketing beef, checkoff dollars will be invested in research efforts. Funds also are used to build on current programs, which wasn’t possible before the state-funded checkoff began. Read more…

USDA designates 5 counties in Texas as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Atascosa, Burnet, Lampasas, San Saba and Van Zandt counties in Texas as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by a recent drought. Farmers and ranchers in 25 additional counties Texas also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous.  Read more…

Sorghum silage a suitable alternative to corn silage, with proper management

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Sorghum silage can provide an alternative to corn silage, but not all sorghum silages are equal, according to two Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialists. Read more…

Cow-Calf Corner: North American cattle situation – Mexico; Evaluate udder soundness soon after calving to use as culling criteria

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In the April 13 edition of Cow-Calf Corner, A weekly newsletter from the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Agency, Derrell Peel takes a look at the North American cattle situation from Mexico’s perspective; and Glenn Selk talks  when to evaluate a cow’s udder soundness to use as a cull criteria. Read more…

Cattle Raisers praise passage of Senate Bill 474

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TSCRA praised passage of Senate Bill 474 on Thursday, which helps landowners receive a fair offer in eminent domain proceedings. Sen. Lois Kolkhorst,, R-Brenham, authored the legislation that was passed in the Texas State Senate by a 25-6 vote. Read more…

USDA expands beef and pork trade with Mexico and Peru

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced April 10 that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has recently reached agreements allowing U.S. beef and pork producers greater access to consumers in Mexico and Peru. The agreements announced Friday will allow U.S. producers to export slaughter cattle to Mexico and expand access to consumer markets in Peru for U.S. fresh and chilled pork. Read more…

7 common fencing mistakes

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Some of the most common fencing errors in livestock fencing, and how to avoid them. Read more at BEEF magazine…

US Drought Monitor and Summary for April 7, 2015

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Severe (D2), Extreme (D3), and Exceptional Drought (D4) expanded around the Texas panhandle and adjacent areas, extending into central Oklahoma. Read more…