As the COVID-19 saga continues, we’re continuing our government and public affairs efforts on behalf of cattle producers.

In case you missed it, on Tuesday, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association leaders wrote a letter that we sent to Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue. If you haven’t read it yet, it’s … Read More

On Friday, I spotted my first bluebonnets of the season. I’d left the house to make an essential errand run — to pick up more beef to put in the freezer before the shelter-in-place order took effect in Wichita County.

I’ve always loved the state flower in all its brightly colored, … Read More

March 27, 2020

It’s
been another busy week for the TSCRA’s government and public affairs staff as
we continue to address the wide array of issues created by the COVID-19
pandemic.

In some
areas of … Read More

When I reached the back of the grocery store, it all hit home.

There was no beef. From the self-service area, where you’d normally find hundreds of pounds of ground beef, roasts and Choice steaks, all the way to the full-service case that usually houses Premium Choice, Prime and dry aged … Read More

The cattle business is stressful even under the best of circumstances. Between volatile markets and Mother Nature, there’s just so much out of your control. But the COVID-19, or coronavirus, pandemic has taken things to the next level.

On Saturday, I wrote a little about stress and ways to improve … Read More

I noticed a trend on social media a few days ago. Amid the pandemic, suddenly the coronavirus fear mongering had died down a bit — and more and more users were doing their best to spread cheer instead.

Some shared funny memes. Others shared the bright sides of social distancing.

Always one … Read More

In late 2018, Angus Journal contracted me to write a story on suicide among farmers and ranchers. It was an especially hot topic at the time, since the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health had recently released research showing those who work in agricultural occupations were 3.4 times more … Read More

March 20, 2020

This
week, of course, all eyes remain focused on the developing COVID-19,
coronavirus, pandemic.

As
predicted, almost all government resources are being devoted to managing the national
crisis at hand. Texas and … Read More

Well, it’s been an interesting (but comparatively quiet) week here at the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association government and public affairs office.

It seems almost all the oxygen is being consumed by conversations about COVID-19, aka the coronavirus pandemic. In Washington, Congress has closed its doors to visitors through at … Read More

March 6, 2020

Well, the Super Tuesday primary election is over. Most races across the county and within Texas turned out as expected, but there were some surprises along the way…. Read More