US Drought Monitor and Summary, Aug. 12, 2014


Moderate rain was scattered with 0.5 inch or less falling on most of the upper Midwest, the central High Plains, southwestern Oklahoma, and central through northeastern Texas. Read more at…

Local ranching event scheduled Aug. 21 in Palestine


TSCRA will host a ranch gathering Thursday, Aug. 21 at the Palestine Civic Center in Palestine, Texas. Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by a beef dinner. The event is free and open to the public. Anyone interested in cattle raising and ranching is welcome to attend. Read more…

EPA, Corps of Engineers hijack Clean Water Act to expand regulatory authority


States could be facing upwards of 100,000 added regulated stream miles as a result of the “Waters of the United States” rule proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers. While the agencies continue to claim their proposal does not expand the scope of the Clean Water Act, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), Missouri Cattlemen’s Association and Missouri Farm Bureau showcased new interactive maps on Aug. 14, 2014, at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia, Mo. These maps highlight just how far the proposed rule would expand federal jurisdiction over waters across the country Read more…

Dee Likes steps down after 31 years as CEO of Kansas Livestock Association


The chief executive officer (CEO) and executive vice president of the Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) is stepping aside after 31 years in the position. Dee Likes will assume the title of KLA chief executive emeritus on Dec. 31 and will remain employed by KLA in an advisory role to work on future initiatives. Read more at Midwest Producer…

US sets new ground beef procedures to stop E. Coli outbreaks

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday announced new procedures for detecting and removing unsafe ground beef from grocery stores and suppliers as part of efforts to prevent potentially deadly illnesses caused by contaminated meat. The move “will allow the agency to trace contaminated ground beef back to its source more quickly, remove it from commerce, and find the root cause of the incident to prevent it from recurring,” said USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). Read more at Reuters…

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


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

State Sen. Ken Paxton meets with Cattle Raisers


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…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Disc mower and caddy stolen in Oklahoma


TSCRA Special Ranger John Cummings, Dist. 5 in northeast Oklahoma, reports the theft of a disc mower and caddy on Aug. 10 or 11 from a property in Mayes County. The 2011 Vermeer is a yellow model 8040 10-foot rotary disc mower, Serial no. 1VR3070Z0A3002044. The caddy is a red single-axle Stoney Point brand with white markings and the owner’s name written on the tongue. If you have any information on this theft, please call Special Ranger Cummings at 918-342-0888.

New rules proposed on eminent domain process for new pipelines

photo: Sue Ogrocki/Associated Press

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram recently talked to TSCRA President Pete Bonds about pipelines, due process, eminent domain and private property rights The Texas Railroad Commission has proposed a set of rules designed to provide more transparency when a pipeline operator seeks what is known as “common carrier” status: a designation that automatically gives the operator the power of eminent domain to seize land. According to the commission’s general counsel, the proposed rules would create a more developed process that would bring “greater confidence” in the common carrier classification and provide more “certainty for both pipelines and landowners.” The agency is accepting comments on the proposed rules until Aug. 25. Read more at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram…

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


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


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…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Cattle missing in South Texas


TSCRA Special Ranger Steve Martin, Dist. 30 in far South Texas, reports cattle missing from a property in Karnes County. Some time between June 22 and 30, 14 cow-calf pairs disappeared from the property on FM 2201. The 14 cows are 5 year-old cross breed tiger stripe, with a few looking mostly like Charolais, branded with a DT on their left hip. The 14 calves are of various color and weigh 200 to 300 pounds, each. The calves are not branded. If you have any information regarding these cattle, please call Special Ranger Martin at 361-358-8851.

Aquifer feeding the High Plains shrinks


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


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


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…

TDA Market Recap, Aug. 11, 2014

Texas Department of Agriculture

For the week ending Aug. 9, 2014, feeder cattle price trends reported by Texas auctions were mixed. Many locations quoted steady prices, with some $2 to $10 higher and others $2 to $5 lower per hundredweight (cwt). Texas direct feeder cattle sales were mostly $2 to $4 higher. Fed cattle cash prices were nearly $3 lower per cwt. Wholesale beef values were $3 to $5 lower than the previous week’s record highs. Cattle markets softened somewhat last week after Russia announced a ban on meat imports from the U.S., but prices remain at historically-high levels. Beef export sales for the week were down 31 percent from the previous week and down 13 percent from the prior four-week average. Export shipments were up four percent from a week earlier and seven percent higher than the average. Read more…

200 attend Hamilton Ranch Gathering


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

Texas State Capitol photo by TexasExplorer98 at flickr

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

USDA/NRCS photo by Jeff Vanuga.

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

Beef Checkoff

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…