It’s what’s for dinner: Walnut-crusted roast with blue cheese mashed potatoes

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Impress your guests with this walnut-crusted roast and a side of blue cheese mashed potatoes. Read more at beefitswhatsfordinner.com…

USDA seeks public comment on new EQIP rule

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture is publishing a rule that outlines how it will improve the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), one of USDA’s largest conservation programs. The interim final rule includes program changes authorized by Congress in the 2014 Farm Bill that are intended to simplify the EQIP regulation regarding conservation practice scheduling, payment limitations and other administrative actions. Read more…

EPA official unable to share release date for 2014 RFS final volumes

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Lawmakers on Wednesday discussed EPA’s management of the Renewable Fuel Standard in a House Oversight Committee subcommittee hearing, inviting an EPA official to comment on the agency’s sluggish announcement of final volumes for the 2014 RFS. Read more at Farm Futures…

Motivating landowners to adopt best management practices

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For years, natural resources professionals have worked to bridge the gap between research and application by establishing proven best management practices (BMPs) that benefit farms, ranches and working lands as well as improve water quality and quantity. But what motivates some landowners to adopt these practices while others do not? Read more from the Texas Water Resources Institute…

The Browning Blog: Rivers in the sky

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What do El Nino, storms on the West coast and Nor’easters all have in common? Dr. Evelyn Browning-Garriss discusses how water vapor rising from tropical oceans affect weather all over the U.S. and what it could mean for spring moisture in the Southwest. Read more…

TSCRA prepares for 84th Texas legislative session

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On Jan. 13, 2015, the 84th session of the Texas Legislature is kicking off in Austin. The state House and Senate are welcoming back many seasoned legislators, but also adding many freshmen to the halls of the Capitol. The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) is looking forward to being on the ground working at the state Capitol to make sure cattle raisers and landowners are properly represented. Read more…

Leading food organizations promote practical nutrition guidance

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A coalition of 18 food organizations announced Wednesday the formation of a new Back to Balance Coalition aimed at promoting balanced, practical and achievable dietary guidance. The coalition formed in response to public policy efforts occurring at the local, state and national levels to malign and restrict certain foods when both scientific research and the nutrition community say such efforts are unlikely to work.  Read more at Drovers/CattleNetwork…

Forage testing shows low nutrients going into winter

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Forage testing can help producers identify deficiencies in supplies so they can determine nutrient supplements to counter what could be another harsh winter. Insufficient forage nutrition this winter could lead to poor body condition of cows, calving challenges, reduced calf health, longer post-partum intervals, lower conception rates, increased age at puberty and reduced fertility in bulls. Read more at USAgNet…

Texas crop, weather, for Dec. 10, 2014

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Depending upon the weather and consumer tolerance for high prices, 2015 could be a make-it or break-it year for beef producers, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. It’s all about supply and demand. In Texas and the rest of the U.S., cow inventory numbers are down, largely due to recent droughts. This means calf supplies are down as well. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Gooseneck trailer stolen in south Central Texas

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TSCRA Marvin Wills, Dist. 15 in Central Texas, reports the theft of a gooseneck trailer from a property near Marlin in Falls County some time between Dec. 7 and 8. The trailer is a 2008 dark gray 20-foot Gooseneck brand with a dark gray canvas top, VIN No. 16GS420258B062533. It may have the Texas license plate DJJ-B11, which was stolen from another trailer. If you have any information about this trailer, please call Special Ranger Wills at 254-865-2571.

Japan's soaring demand for cow tongue drives US exports

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After Japan last year loosened restrictions on the age of cattle it would accept, U.S. beef-tongue exports soared by 150 percent in 2013 over the previous year, according to the U.S. Meat Export Federation. They’re on pace to go even higher this year. Read more at mcclatchydc.com…

More beef from down under set for US tables as herd drops

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Exports to the U.S. from the third-largest shipper will jump 35 percent to 360,000 metric tons in 2014-2015, the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences said in a report. That’s the highest since 2004-2005. The U.S. cattle herd started the year at the smallest since 1951 after years of drought forced producers to cull herds, and cattle futures reached a record last month. Prices may rise the most among agricultural commodities next year amid tight supply and strong demand, according to Rabobank International. Read more at Bloomberg…

AgriLife Extension entomologists brace for possible new ag pest

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The tawny crazy ant, a relative newcomer to the U.S., is expanding its range, causing concern among Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service entomologists. The tawny crazy ant is an invasive species that came into Texas a little over 10 years ago in the Houston area and has been a problem in some residential areas there since that time. Though much of the pest’s impact has so far been in urban areas, but what is known about the ant could mean a potential for it to become a significant threat to crops, if its range spreads. Read more…

TDA Market Recap, Dec. 9, 2014

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For the week ending Dec. 6, 2014, Texas auctions quoted feeder cattle prices mostly steady to $8 higher per hundredweight (cwt), with a few locations as much as $15 higher and some $3 to $4 lower. Texas direct feeder cattle sales were $1 to $4 lower. No cash fed cattle sales were reported for Texas, while prices were $5 lower per cwt in Kansas and Nebraska. Texas formula sales were $1 higher. Wholesale beef values were lower. Weekly beef exports were down 33 percent from the previous week and down 23 percent from the prior four-week average. Export shipments were down eight percent from the previous week and 13 percent lower than the average. Read more…

TSCRA cap and tumbler sale

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Round out your Christmas shopping with a TSCRA cap, coffee tumbler or Christmas ornament. The blue posted sign and charcoal stitch caps are great for Cattle Raisers of all ages and our TSCRA coffee tumblers are durable and perfect for everyday use. Plus, don’t forget to trim your Christmas tree with our 2014 TSCRA Christmas ornament! Visit tscra.org and click on the Cattle Raisers Trading Co. button or call 800-242-7820 for ordering information. The deadline to make Christmas orders is Dec. 18.   

Fort Worth Stock Show grounds pass deadline is Dec. 31; Ranch Rodeo tickets going fast


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As a TSCRA member, you’re welcome to 2 grounds passes to the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, Jan. 16 to Feb. 7, 2015. The passes are good for the entire run of the 2015 Fort Worth Stock Show, a $20 value for everyday you visit! You will also have the opportunity to enjoy our Ranching Heritage Weekend and purchase tickets for the Ranch Rodeo. A limited number of Saturday ranch rodeo tickets are available – please call 800-242-7820 to purchase tickets for that performance. Tickets to the Ranch Gathering party and Friday rodeo may be purchased online. This offer expires Dec. 31, 2014. Forms postmarked after Dec. 31 will not be accepted. For more information visit tscra.org or call 800-242-7820.

Vilsack says immigration reform critical for future of food supply

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration will provide some help to the agriculture industry, but he says Congressional action is needed to make sure U.S. farmers have the legal workforce they need. Read more at Agri-Pulse

Cow-Calf Corner: Cattle market factors to watch in 2015; Breeding cows and heifers on wheat pasture

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In the Dec. 8 edition of Cow-Calf Corner, a newsletter from the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, Derrell peel discusses the market factors to keep an eye on in 2015 and Glenn Selk talks about breeding cows and heifers on wheat pasture and what the evidence shows for their breeding performance. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Calves missing in Osage County

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TSCRA Special Ranger Bert Perrier, Dist. 4 in northwest Oklahoma, reports 12 calves missing from a property near Wynona in Osage County. The dozen calves, which went missing sometime between Nov. 11 and 19, are mixed black, red or spotted heifers and steers weighing from 250 to 600 pounds, each. The calves have a Box L brand on the left hip and a notch under the left ear. If you have any information regarding this case, please call Special Ranger Perrier at 918-275-4257.

Don't let health insurance open enrollment deadlines sneak up on you

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Open enrollment for health insurance began Nov. 15, 2014, and ends Feb. 15, 2015. Applications for new policies must be turned in to Cattle Raisers Insurance staff by the fifteenth of the month to get insurance for the next month. For example, an application must be turned in by Dec. 15, 2014, for a Jan. 1, 2015, effective date. We don’t want you to miss the January deadline! For more information about your health insurance options, contact Michele Woodham at mwoodham@tscra.org; Tina Finicum at tfinicum@tscra.org; Julissa Chubbs at jchubbs@tscra.org; or call 800-252-2849