Cow-Calf Corner: More rain in Oklahoma and feeder cattle price adjustments; Stockpiled bermudagrass can reduce winter feed costs

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In the July 21 issue of Cow-Calf Corner, a newsletter by the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, Derrell Peel talks recent Oklahoma rains and how feeder cattle prices are shaping up this summer; and Glenn Selk discusses the benefits of using stockpiled bermudagrass as winter forage. Read more…

Nomination deadline nears for Farm Service Agency county committees

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U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan Garcia reminds farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers that Aug. 1, 2014, is the deadline for local FSA county committee nominations. County committees are an important link between the farm community and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Farmers and ranchers elected to local committees share their opinions and ideas on federal farm programs. Read more…

USDA seeks comments on conservation program

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The USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) has announced there will be public meetings on Aug. 4 in Lubbock, Texas, and Aug. 5 in Stillwater, Okla., to solicit comments on a recently completed draft analysis that examines the potential environmental impacts of changes to the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) enacted by the 2014 Farm Bill. Read more…

Watershed rehabilitation funding to repair dams in 26 states

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that communities across the nation will benefit from a $262 million investment to rehabilitate dams that provide critical infrastructure and protect public health and safety. Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Chief Jason Weller and Representative Frank Lucas, chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture, were in Oklahoma to recognize the importance of this announcement to agriculture and communities nationwide. Both Texas and Oklahoma will receive funding for many projects in multiple locations Read more…

Safety tips for trailering horses

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Summer brings increased opportunity for travel with your equine partner, so make sure you’re doing everything possible to be safe when you hit the road together. Read more…

US Drought Monitor and Summary for July 15, 2014

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In Texas, it was a relatively dry week, following a wet May and near-normal June. Accordingly, only small changes were made, with a slight reduction of Exceptional and Severe drought in the Panhandle, some trimming of the Abnormally Dry conditions along the western Gulf Coast, and slight downgrades in southwestern, south-Central, and extreme South Texas. Read more…

Cattlemen's Column: Investing in the Future of the Beef Industry

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The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) recently announced Texas cattle producers voted to establish a state-level Beef Checkoff program. The referendum passed with broad support, and TSCRA President Pete Bonds believes this a positive step forward for the Texas beef industry. Read more…

Oklahoma counties named natural disaster areas due to drought

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Hughes, Mayes, Okmulgee and Wagoner counties in Oklahoma as primary natural disaster areas due to a recent drought. Farmers and ranchers in an additional 13 counties in Oklahoma also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous. Read more…

Daily Livestock Report, 7-17-14:  Pasture conditions and implications for lean beef prices in 2015

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Cow slaughter continues to run significantly below year-ago levels on improving moisture conditions in key production areas and above average pasture conditions. Less animals going to slaughter could, as a result, limit overall lean beef supplies and further contribute to beef price inflation. Read more at dailylivestockreport.com… (PDF download)

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 Crime Watch: Hay baler stolen in Fort Bend County

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TSCRA Special Ranger Tommy Charbula, Dist. 24 in South Texas, reports the theft of a hay baler from a property in Fort Bend County. On June 20 a thief or thieves cut a lock to steal the 2012 John Deere round hay baler, model 568, VIN 1E00568XCCC388730. If you have any information regarding this theft, please call Special Ranger Charbula at 361-782-5209. On June 20 this hay baler was stolen from a property in Fort Bend County.

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