Prepare to expect the unexpected


It’s hurricane season again.  It’s hard to believe that it was just 10 years ago when Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and a large portion of the Gulf Coast with floods, power outages, food and water shortages, as well as many other after effects. September is National Preparedness Month, which is a great opportunity for you, organizations and communities to prepare for specific hazards. Read more at USDA…

Attend a TSCRA event in your area


Texas ranch gatherings are scheduled this week in Cuero, Rio Grande City and Edinburg; and Oklahoma gatherings will be held in Kellyville, Guthrie and Okmulgee. Next week TSCRA’s Policy Conference is scheduled for Sept. 23 – 25 in San Antonio. Visit and check out our event calendar for more information. TSCRA will also hold its 10th Annual Fredericksburg Ranch gathering on Oct. 8. For more information on the gathering, click here. A youth commercial heifer show and sale will also take place earlier that day. For more information on the show and sale, click here. Read more…

The Browning Blog: El Niño-A Parade of Hurricanes and Southern Drought

Evelyn Browning-Garriss

In the Sept. 14 edition of The Browning Blog, Climatologist Evelyn Browning-Garriss discusses late summer-early fall El Niño weather patterns, hurricanes and when we can expect the south to see rain. Read more…

Ranking of states with the largest increases in cattle inventory for 2015

photo courtesy Oklahoma State University

Texas had the largest increase in cattle inventory in 2015 in the United States followed by Oklahoma and Kansas. Twenty two states had increases in their cattle inventories in 2015. Read more at Cattle Network…

Cargill to sell Plainview beef plant site idled in 2013


Cargill has officially placed its idled Plainview, Texas, plant property up for sale. Dallas office of Commercial real estate broker CBRE has been retained by Cargill to market the site and evaluate potential offers. Read more at Feedstuffs…

Cow-Calf Corner: Fewer cattle imports so far in 2015; Are the replacement heifers ready for the fall breeding season?

Photo courtesy Oklahoma State University

In the Sept. 14 edition of Cow-Calf Corner, a weekly newsletter from the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, Derrell Peel talks cattle imports from Canada and Mexico; and Glenn Selk discusses getting replacement heifers ready for fall breeding. Read more…

450-plus cattle raisers attended this week’s ranch gatherings


More than 450 members and guests attended TSCRA ranch gatherings in Kaufman, Franklin and Seymour this week. Attendees heard from their local special ranger about law enforcement activities and from other guest speakers. In Kaufman and Franklin, TSCRA Executive Vice President and CEO Eldon White updated attendees on issues affecting landowners and cattle raisers. In Seymour, CattleFax CEO Randy Blach gave attendees a great presentation on the future of the cattle industry. Special thanks go to businesses that sponsor the Ranch Gatherings. The Kaufman gathering was sponsored by Elanco Animal Health, Legacy Ag Credit and EDC Ag Products. Special thanks go to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Agent Ralph Davis for his support of the program. Franklin was hosted by Circle X Land and Cattle at Read more…

TSCRA participates in Veterinary Feed Directive session, Amarillo


The workshop included a Q&A panel with speakers, left to right, Dr. Michael Murphy, U.S. Food and Drug Administration; Dr. Kathe Bjork, USDA-APHIS; Dr. Thomas Portillo, Friona Industries; Shelby Horn, Great Plains Cattle Feeders; Brice Tabor, Hi-Pro Feeds; and meeting facilitator Kevin Ochsner, Adayana Agribusines Group. TSCRA participated in a workshop on the stewardship of antimicrobial use in Amarillo Sept. 11. Topics included information sessions and presentations on the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) from different perspectives within the agricultural production chain. Friday’s workshop is one of many planned across the country and organized by the Farm Foundation to bring together industry stakeholders to discuss the VFD rules and identify key issues.

Audio: USDA announces new biofuels infrastructure funding today


USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced this week that 21 states will receive grants through the biofuel infrastructure partnership. Click here for AUDIO at Agri-Pulse…

FDA finalizes new safety controls for food, feed

Texas had 167 auction markets in 1969 and only 92 auction markets were left in the state by 2013. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Blair Fannin

The Food and Drug Administration has finalized the first major food safety regulations under a sweeping federal law that’s intended to prevent illnesses linked to both domestic and foreign-produced foods. The first two rules, which were tweaked to address a range of concerns from industry and small-scale businesses and farms, will require food processors and animal feed manufacturers to have preventive controls aimed at preventing products from becoming contaminated. The rules were mandated by the Food Safety Modernization Act, which was signed into law in January 2011. FDA said the final versions “incorporate thousands of public comments, including valuable input from farmers, consumers, the food industry and academic experts, to create a flexible and targeted approach to ensuring food safety.” Industry groups praised the agency Read more…

Conserving water, soil and habitat on private lands


For 80 years, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has worked with agricultural producers to make conservation improvements to their farms, ranches and forests. These improvements help clean and conserve water, boost soil quality and restore habitat, and also make their agricultural operations more resilient. Read more at USDA…

US Drought Monitor and Summary, Sept. 8, 2015


Dryness and drought continued to intensify and expand in areas away from the immediate Gulf Coast, where moderate rains kept deterioration at bay. Dryness and drought also expanded a bit northward in southern sections of Arkansas and Oklahoma. Read more…

TSCRA participates in FMD crisis exercise


TSCRA participated in a Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) Cross-Species Communications Team and Texas Tech University table-top crisis exercise Wednesday in Lubbock. The exercise focused on government and industry response in the event of an FMD disease outbreak. TSCRA continues working to help ensure FMD stays out of the U.S., however it is critical to always have a plan in place if an outbreak occurs. Read more…

Red River bill advances out of committee


A bill to protect private property along the Red River was approved by the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee Thursday, moving the legislation one step closer toward full consideration by the House of Representatives. The “Red River Private Property Protection Act,” H.R. 2130, introduced by U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry, R-Clarendon, seeks to settle all federal ownership claims by providing legal certainty to landowners along the Red River. “I’m very pleased that the Natural Resources Committee agreed to consider my bill and passed it out of the committee today. This is an important step toward our ultimate goal of getting this bill signed into law,” Thornberry said. “I will continue working with my colleagues in the House and Senator Cornyn, who has introduced similar legislation in Read more…

Water board moves to resolve reservoir conflict


Disagreeing with Dallas-Fort Worth-area water officials, the Texas Water Development Board decided on Wednesday that a years-long conflict over a yet-to-be-built reservoir in the region’s 50-year water plan is serious enough that it should be resolved. The water-planning agency voted unanimously to deem a disagreement between two contiguous water-planning regions in North and Northeast Texas an “interregional conflict,” setting into motion a third-party mediation that must begin by Oct. 5. Read more at The Texas Tribune…

Texas crop, weather, for Set. 9, 2015

As if waiting for cooler weather, San Angelo area sheep cluster together in a pen. They may have to wait awhile, according to climatologists. The cooler wetter-than-normal weather promised by El Niño is not due until October at the earliest. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Steve Byrns

Climatologists predict the current super-strong El Niño will bring another rain-drenched fall, winter and early spring to Texas. Many farmers needing moisture now are wondering when they can expect the promised moisture to arrive. Unfortunately, September is too soon to expect wetter conditions related to El Niño anywhere in the state. Read more…

It’s what’s for dinner: Taco beef nuggets with Tejano dipping sauce


Taco beef nuggets with a crispy outer shell go great with taco sauce or a picante of your choice.  Read more at…

New land ownership data add value to many policy and research questions

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Mark Kelley.

Whether they farm the land themselves or rent it out to others to farm, those who own agricultural land are taking measures to keep the land in their families. This is good news for those who worry about the U.S. losing agricultural land to competing pressures. The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service just released the findings from a survey of agricultural landowners conducted earlier this year. It confirmed some things already known and generated lots of new information that farmers, policymakers, businesses and others will use to understand more about who owns farmland, who has and will have access to farmland in the future, what kinds of conservation and production decision landowners are making, and lots more. Read more…

TSCRA Policy Conference Committees Will Cover A Wide Range of Topics


TSCRA Committee leaders have assembled an outstanding lineup of speakers to address the critical issues of ranching and to provide background information to assist in policy development at the TSCRA Policy Conference, Sept. 23 to 25, San Antonio. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Steers, saddles, rifle stolen in OK; Black Angus heifers, bull missing in NW TX


TSCRA Special Rangers report 41 “U” branded black, red and yellow steers missing in Woods County, Okla., 2 Marty Byrd saddles and a Ruger AR 556 rifle stolen near Muskogee, and 5 “cursive L” branded black Angus hiefers and a “circle G” branded black Angus bull missing near Throckmorton, Texas. Read more…

Texas Atty. Gen. Ken Paxton asks court to halt illegal water rule in Texas


Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton Tuesday asked a federal judge to halt the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) overreaching new water rule, jointly issued with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which vastly expands federal jurisdiction over “navigable waters” under the Clean Water Act. Texas is asking the judge to lift a temporary judicial stay of the litigation and issue a preliminary injunction, arguing that the rule violates the U.S. Constitution, federal law and U.S. Supreme Court precedent, and places immediate and costly burdens on landowners in Texas. Read more…

TDA Market Recap, Sept. 9, 2015

Texas Department of Agriculture

For the week ending Sept. 5, 2015, Texas auctions were mixed in their reports on feeder cattle prices, with some noting prices $2 to $10 higher and others reporting instances of $5 to $10 lower per hundredweight (cwt). Wholesale beef values were lower, with Choice Grade losing $3.15 to close at $240.07 per cwt and Select Grade losing $4.56 to close at $228.39 per cwt. Net export sales totaled 13,100 metric tons (MT) for Aug. 21 – 27 and were up three percent from the previous week and 34 percent from the previous four-week average. Export shipments of 10,800 MT were up four percent from the previous week but down five percent from the prior four-week average. Shipments primarily went to Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: 13 head of cattle missing in southeast Texas


TSCRA Special Ranger Hal Dumas, Dist. 21 in southeast Texas, reports 11 head of cattle missing from a property in Brazos County and 2 head missing in Milam County. Some time Between Aug. 26 and 28 a thief or thieves cut a lock on a gate to steal 5 cows, 2 heifers and 4 calves from a Brazos County pasture. One of the cows has a 3-T brand on the left side, a diamond on the left hip and an R on the left thigh. Also stolen on Aug. 26 was a dun colored Beefmaster pair. The cow was branded with JD on the left hip. If you have any information regarding these cases please call Special Ranger Dumas at 979-828-5832.

TSCRA Marketing Committee survey – your input matters!


The TSCRA Marketing Committee is surveying cattle raisers to help us determine your herd rebuilding intentions. TSCRA leaders will use the information you provide to make sure your association is providing the right type and the right amount of services you need. This information will also help us develop effective strategic plans for TSCRA. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey. All information collected will remain confidential. Click here…

Attend TSCRA Cattlemen’s Luncheon in Wichita Falls or a ranch gathering this week


This month’s TSCRA Cattlemen’s Luncheon will feature Wade Bryant with Kerr’s Feed in Henrietta, who will provide an update on the new Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) regulation from the Food and Drug Administration. TSCRA staff will also discuss recent BQA advisories regarding pneumatic dart guns and other remote injection methods. Ranch gatherings are planned this week in Kaufman, Seymour, Franklin. To RSVP for an event and for more information, visit and check out our event calendar.

Cow-Calf Corner: Cattle slaughter, carcass weights and beef production; Proper cow culling is important to your business

Photo courtesy Oklahoma State University

In the Sept. 8 edition of Cow-Calf Corner, Derrell Peel talks cattle slaughter, carcass weights and beef production; and Glenn Selk discusses how proper cow culling can help your bottom line. Read more…

Texas youth attend unique Beef 706

Texas Beef Council

Class was in session this summer at Texas Tech University where students participated in a Beef 706 designed entirely for Texas youth. The checkoff-funded class provided an overview of the beef industry and a hands-on learning experience on beef quality. For more than 25 years the traditional Beef 706 program has been educating beef producers about the factors impacting the safety and quality of beef. Read more…

Deadline to enroll in key farm bill safety net programs approaches

Farm Service Agency

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini reminds farmers and ranchers that they have until Sept. 30 to enroll in several key Farm Bill safety net programs – Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC), Price Loss Coverage (PLC) and the Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy). Read more…

Agricultural and Timber registration number renewal meetings


The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts is hosting 2 meetings to discuss how agricultural and timber registration number renewals affect retailers and purchasers of items used in the production of agricultural and timber products. The meetings will be held on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015, at the Comptroller’s office in Austin. Read more…

US Drought Monitor and Summary, Sept. 1, 2015


Lots of relatively small-scale adjustments were made to the drought depiction in Texas and Oklahoma this week, primarily deterioration. An area of extreme drought (D3) was added to east-central Texas. Read more…

New member discount from STAY-TUFF fence


TSCRA is proud to welcome STAY-TUFF Fence as our newest participant in the member discount program. Through this program TSCRA members can receive 5 percent additional discount off the purchase of any qualifying STAY-TUFF fence fabric and/or fencing tools. Read more…

Court strips lesser prairie chicken of federal protection

© Gerard Bertrand

District Judge Robert Junell ruled Tuesday in Midland that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service failed to make a proper evaluation of the states’ conservation plan when it listed the lesser prairie chicken — a species of grouse with feathered feet and striped plumage — as threatened. Read more at ABC News…

TSCRA applauds decision on lesser prairie chicken


TSCRA applauded U.S. District Judge Robert A. Junell’s decision to overturn the listing of the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species. This announcement comes after the lesser prairie chicken, a Great Plains bird, was listed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as threatened in 2014. “Judge Junell’s decision to vacate the threatened listing of the lesser prairie chicken is a major victory for ranchers and landowners across the country,” said TSCRA President Pete Bonds. “It is apparent that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service failed to consider the many state conservation efforts before listing the prairie chicken as threatened. “The administration should realize by now that ranchers are the best stewards of our nation’s land, and they have proven their ability to successfully Read more…

TSCRF now accepting scholarship applications


The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Foundation offers scholarships to students pursuing a degree program in agriculture or an agriculture-related programs such as animal science, pre-vet, agribusiness, range management or wildlife. Applicants must graduating high school seniors or college undergraduates currently enrolled or accepted at an accredited university in Texas or Oklahoma. Applicants are selected on the basis of their interest in the industry, leadership, academic achievement and financial need. Applications are due Feb. 1, 2015, and are awarded in March. For more information, click here.  

It’s what’s for dinner: Sonoma-style beef skewers


Serve these top sirloin beef skewers with orzo and chard for a uniquely Sonoma taste. Read more at…

TSCRA Policy Conference: Committee topics, Early registration discounts


All TSCRA policy committees will have extended time to meet during the Policy Conference. Committees have put together an outstanding lineup of topics and speakers covering a wide range of issues. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Cow killed and butchered in NE OK


TSCRA Special Ranger John Cummings, Dist. 5 in northeast Oklahoma, reports the killing of a cow on a property near Collinsville in Tulsa County. On Aug. 30, someone entered the property through an unlocked gate and killed a black heavy bred Angus cow weighing approximately 1500 pounds. The cow was partially butchered. If you have any information regarding this case, please call Special Ranger Cummings at 918-342-0888.

This week’s Summer Sale: Khaki mesh-back cap


Cattle Raisers Trading Co. is offering 10 percent off all TSCRA Khaki Mesh Back Caps through Sept. 8. Don’t miss out on this medium profile, mid-crown mesh back cap with the TSCRA seal on front and “Since 1877” on the back. Use promo code MESH at checkout to get yours while they last! Click here to go to the Cattle Raisers Trading Co. online store.

EPA reaction to injunction muddies WOTUS rule

USDA/NRCS photo by Jeff Vanuga.

Organizations are concerned about the current status of the Clean Water Rule, also known as WOTUS. Listen to the audio report at Agri-Pulse..

Texas farmers brace for new clean water rule


Local uncertainty abounds as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s new Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule kicks in on Sept. 1, extending the agency’s regulatory power to smaller bodies of water, including some streams that only flow after heavy precipitation. The changes mean more landowners may need to apply for permits for work affecting water that now falls under federal jurisdiction. But some environmental law experts say the rule is so broad that it’s unclear which farmers, ranchers and landowners will be affected. Read more at The Texas Tribune…