May 8, 2020

As another week draws to a close, I’m increasingly optimistic about what the future holds. We’re still a long way from being out of the woods, and even further from normal, but … Read More

Not long before lightning struck Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association member Scott Knudsen, it was a beautiful spring day.

It usually is.

He says the COVID-19 pandemic has been a lot like that life-changing bolt.

“Everything is perfect one day and the next day everything is a little discombobulated,” the rancher, … Read More

The Small Business Administration has resumed taking applications for Paycheck Protection Program loans this week after Congress allocated additional money for the program.  The Texas Farm Bureau Radio Network’s Focus on Agriculture program talked with Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association President Robert McKnight, who says this program  can be a huge … Read More

Consumers are experiencing price hikes and purchase limits at grocery store meat markets as processing plants adjust their workflow to manage COVID-19 outbreaks. The Texas Beef Council said beef processing is down 25% due to slower production at processing facilities across the country amid the COVID-19 outbreak. However, Texas and … Read More

Source: USDA | May 5, 2020

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue sent the following two letters Tuesday evening to governors across the nation and leadership of major meat processing companies. These letters establish the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) … Read More

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, workers in the agriculture industry are tasked with keeping food on the table, meaning livestock auctions are continuing as usual. While more animals are being sold, what happens further down the supply chain is becoming an issue. For weeks, ranchers have held off on selling … Read More

Source: AgriLife Today | May 1, 2020

The Agricultural and Food Policy Center, or AFPC, at Texas A&M University is reminding producers they may find some relief from current economic pressures by taking advantage of a U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm … Read More

By Robert E. McKnight, Jr., president, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association

Robert E. McKnight, Jr.

There’s no question COVID-19 has had an enormous impact on our country. We will continue to feel its … Read More

The Small Business Administration is now taking applications for Economic Injury Disaster Loans for agriculture operations. At this time, only agricultural business applications will be accepted due to limitations in funding availability and the unprecedented submission of applications already received. Applicants who have already submitted their applications will continue to … Read More

Feds send coronavirus strike force to Amarillo in response to outbreaks A federal strike force is headed to Amarillo in response to a surge of coronavirus cases tied to meatpacking plants in the area. Amarillo Mayor Ginger Nelson announced on Saturday that a team of federal officials would arrive in … Read More