It’s what’s for dinner: Buffalo-style beef tacos

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Family favorite tacos get a flavor update with wing sauce, blue cheese, celery and carrots. Read more at beefitswhatsfordinner.com…

TSCRA members get $2 off Caprock Ranch Rodeo tickets

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TSCRA members will be able to take $2 off adult admission tickets to the Caprock Ranch Rodeo in Levelland this Saturday, July 19. The rodeo begins at 7:00 p.m. and is being held at the Mallett Event Center in conjunction with the Caprock Ranchers Association’s Horse Sale and Futurity. Click here for the coupon. Ranch rodeos help preserve TSCRA’s unique ranching heritage and showcase the outstanding horsemanship and cattle handling talents of competitors. Funds raised through TSCRA ranch rodeos directly benefit TSCRA youth and educational programs. For more information, click here.

Legislation introduced to sink EPA's land grab

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The Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corp of Engineers continue to be in hot water on Capitol Hill regarding the proposed rule expanding federal jurisdiction over “waters of the United States.” The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and the Public Lands Council (PLC) applaud the efforts of Rep. Steve Southerland, R-Fla., Wednesday, to invalidate this rule. Under the proposal, nearly all waters in the country will be subject to regulation, regardless of size or continuity of flow. Southerland’s bill H.R. 5078, “Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act,” halts any action of the EPA and the Corps regarding the proposed definition of “waters of the United States.” Read more…

House approves short-term bill to keep highway fund afloat

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Lawmakers voted overwhelmingly to approve H.R. 5021, the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014, by a vote of 367-55, even though many Democrats and Republicans admitted the legislation serves as only a short-term fix to the nation’s transportation woes. The measure injects $10.8 billion into the nearly empty Highway Trust Fund, enabling surface transportation projects to continue through May 30, 2015. Read more at Agri-Pulse...

South Korea delays lifting ben on beef with feed additive

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South Korea has delayed a move to allow certain levels of the animal feed additive zilpaterol in beef to August from mid-July as it finalizes the policy, a food ministry official said on Wednesday. Seoul had already postponed the step to ease its zero-tolerance policy on zilpaterol-based drugs from June after a request by China. Read more at Reuters…

USDA proposes rule to enhance consumer protection and ensure retailers can track sources of ground meats

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is proposing to require that all makers of raw ground beef products keep records in order to further protect consumers by ensuring retailers can trace sources of ground meats. Read more…

Texas crop, weather, for July 15, 2014

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It’s not too late to control sugarcane aphids on northeast Texas sorghum fields, but it will be very soon, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. The service has been tracking the insect since infestations developed this spring in the lower Rio Grande Valley. The pest soon moved northward to Corpus Christi, and then onto the Blacklands region by early June. Read more…

Free beef quality assurance training scheduled July 29 in Overton

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Beef producers can get free training to help them become more competitive in the industry by attending a Texas Beef Quality Producer (TBQP) program in Overton, July 29. The program will begin at 10:00 a.m., and a complimentary lunch will be served. The program covers Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) principles, industry updates, record keeping, environmental stewardship and proper management practices associated with genetic selection, cattle handling, culling, vaccination, drug use and more. Read more…

Texas vesicular stomatitis update

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On July 10, the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) received confirmation of two new cases of Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) in horses in Bastrop and Travis counties in Central Texas. One premises is located 2 miles east of Webberville in Travis County. The other premise is 4 miles east of Webberville in Bastrop County. To date, 10 premises in seven Texas counties have been confirmed with VS. Those counties include Kinney, Hidalgo, San Patricio, Nueces, Jim Wells, Bastrop and Travis counties. The Kinney county premises has been released from quarantine. Read more…

Study: Zilmax has no apparent detrimental effect on cattle health

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The cattle feed additive Zilmax has no noticeable detrimental effect on cattle health or well-being, according to research by scientists from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS). Read more at USAgNet

New exclusive content for TSCRA members: Climate updates from The Browning Newsletter

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TSCRA now offers valuable information to cattle raisers with exclusive content from Climatologist Evelyn Browning-Garriss, author of the Browning Newsletter, one of the most acclaimed and accurate climate newsletters in the world. Association members will receive reports in The Cattleman Update and on our apps concerning how global climate trends will affect weather Texas and the Southwest in both the short and long term. This is information that could guide important decisions on management of your operation. For more than 38 years, The Browning Newsletter has been simply the best, most accurate source for long-term climate forecasts. Subscribers include a diverse group of people and institutions interested in profiting from opportunities presented by changing climate, and those looking to protect their interests that might be affected by Read more…

El Niño - A Pause for Refreshment

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This week Evelyn Browning-Garriss, acclaimed author of The Browning Newsletter, shares with us an exclusive update on El Niño: what it is, where it is and what its development would mean for rain in Texas and Oklahoma. Read more…

Texas sets dove, teal seasons

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Dove hunters will have more opportunity later in the season with dates and bag limits recently finalized by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has approved the 2014-2015 Texas dove season, including a 70-day season and 15-bird daily bag statewide, and a 16-day early teal and Canada goose season. Read more…

Cow/Calf Corner: Cow-calf production and marketing alternatives with limited forage; Follow BQA guidelines when treating and selling cows

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In the July 14 issue of Cow/Calf Corner, the newsletter from the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, Derrell Peel discusses the marketing opportunities available to cow-calf producers with limited forage, and Glenn Selk stresses the importance of following Beef Quality Assurance guidelines when treating and selling cows this summer. Read more…

Water planners focus on bigger Texas, not a hotter one

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After Texans overwhelmingly approved spending $2 billion in public funds on new water infrastructure projects last November, Republicans and Democrats alike hailed the state’s ability to solve its water woes in the wake of explosive growth and debilitating drought. But as state water planners prepare to spend that money and address Texas’ water needs in the coming decades, they are only planning for a bigger Texas — not a hotter one. Scientists say Texas Republican leaders’ aversion to reducing the state’s economic dependency on carbon-polluting fossil fuels — and their reluctance to acknowledge climate change — prevent the state from properly planning for the impacts of a warming planet on natural resources crucial to its growing population. Read more at The Texas Tribune…

Rising food output to meet global needs for next 10 years – OECD/FAO

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World food output is on track to meet the needs of a growing population after a decade punctuated by supply concerns, the OECD and U.N. food agency (FAO) said on Friday. Global agricultural production and consumption will rise in the next 10 years, as people in emerging countries become wealthier and eat more protein, but the increases will be slower than in the previous decade, the agencies said. Read more at Reuters…

House passes bonus depreciation bill

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The U.S. House of Representatives voted 258 to 160 Friday to pass H.R. 4718, legislation that will make permanent the fifty percent bonus depreciation of new capital purchases that was created in the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. This bill addresses a section of the tax code that expired at the end of 2013 and is one of the provisions that has traditionally been addressed in tax extenders packages. It was also considered as part of the tax reform proposals in the House and Senate. Read more…

Water rules war rages on

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EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy continued her Midwest campaign to defend her agency’s proposed rule on the waters of the U.S. this week with a visit Thursday to the Kansas City AgriBusiness Council. She insisted that the new rule won’t change current regulations under the Clean Water Act for farmers and ranchers. Read more at agriculture.com…

AgriLife Research study identifies contributing factors to groundwater table declines

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It’s no secret groundwater levels have declined across the state over the past eight decades, and that the primary reason was the onset of irrigation in agriculture and population growth. But a recent Texas A&M AgriLife Research study has identified other factors having an impact. The groundwater declines have been most severe in the past four decades, but the news isn’t all bad, according to Dr. Srinivasulu Ale, AgriLife Research geospatial hydrology assistant professor in Vernon. Read more…

US Drought Monitor for July 8, 2014

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A relatively narrow band of heavy rain was observed from near Lubbock to Wichita Falls in Texas, while a fairly concentrated area of heavy rain was reported from about Houston to Victoria in eastern Texas. About a dozen relatively minor revisions were made to the depiction in Texas this week, some degradations and some improvements. No changes were made in Oklahoma. Read more…