Map released July 30, 2020 | Data valid July 28, 2020

This week’s drought summary: High pressure dominated the southern half of the contiguous U.S. (CONUS) again during this U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) week. Upper-level weather systems tracked across the U.S.-Canadian … Read More

Ad graduate students, Merritt Drewery and Kyle Weldon, collect duodenal samples from a Brahman steer. (Texas A&M AgriLife photo)

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued its weekly update on the amount of beef and pork muscle cuts shipped and sold the previous week. The Daily Livestock Report says the data can be construed as generally positive, especially for beef. 

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced a grant of $3,887,500 to the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board. The funding will support management programs for nonpoint source (NPS) water pollution, which is caused when rainfall or snowmelt carries pollutants into rivers, lakes, and other waterbodies…. Read More

Source: USDA APHIS | July 29, 2020

Researchers with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Wildlife Services (WS) program recently applied for a patent (U.S. Patent Application No. 16/668,253) for a new vehicle-based lighting system to prevent deer-vehicle collisions during low-light … Read More

Texas vineyards experienced erratic weather and tough marketing due to COVID-19 this growing season. But overall, Texas wine grape growers have produced good quality fruit. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Adam Russell)

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Source: National Cattlemen’s Beef Association | July 27, 2020

The Checkoff-funded National Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Program, managed by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), is now recognized as an industry-leading animal welfare program. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has … Read More

According to the Cattle on Feed report released on July 24, 2020, cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 11.4 million head on July 1, 2020. The inventory was slightly … Read More

Invasive brush can decrease forage productivity for livestock or decrease brush diversity valuable for wildlife habitat.  Most ranchers find themselves constantly considering options for brush management, weighing not only the cost and effectiveness, but also when they can find the time to complete the treatments. As temperatures continue … Read More

Source: AgriLife Today | July 27, 2020

Social distancing applies to pets as well as humans in households with positive cases of COVID-19. Confirmed cases of pets infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, are being reported across the U.S…. Read More