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Thornberry urges USDA to extend emergency use of CRP lands

U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) sent a letter Thursday to U.S. Department of Agriculture Acting Secretary Michael Young requesting that he provide a 60-day extension of the Emergency Use of CRP Lands for the Texas Panhandle Fires. Read more…

General Discussion, Disaster Read more... Mar 22, 2017

USDA announces $56 million to aid fire-affected farmers and ranchers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is announcing the availability of more than $6 million in funding to implement practices that will help private farmers, ranchers and forest landowners affected by the wildfires blazing in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. The funding, made available by the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), will assist local producers as they begin to restore scorched grazing land, rebuild fencing, protect damaged watersheds, and implement various conservation measures to mitigate losses. Read more…

General Discussion Read more... Mar 22, 2017

Subcommittee examines livestock producer perspectives on next farm bill

Rep. David Rouzer, chairman of the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture, held a hearing Tuesday to gather perspectives from key members of the livestock community as part of the committee’s hearing series on the next farm bill. Members of the committee heard from representatives of four major livestock producer groups who discussed the issues facing their respective industries as well as their priorities for the upcoming farm bill. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Craig Uden, of Nebraska, touched on priorities like the need for Congress to authorize $150M for a foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) vaccine bank, regulatory relief, and supporting international beef trade topping the agenda for the beef cattle industry. Read more…

General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Mar 22, 2017

Oklahoma fire ant quarantine zones add steps to making hay donations to wildfire victims

Fire ants can easily attack and kill small livestock such as chickens and ground-nesting wildlife, making efforts to keep them in check of vital importance. Claude Bess, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service director for the state’s Southeast District, said this is putting a bit of a crimp in the plans of some southern Oklahoma farmers and ranchers who want to help out their fellow producers in Woodward, Harper and Beaver counties – and parts of the Oklahoma panhandle and Kansas – who were affected by the March 7 wildfires. Read more…

General Discussion, Animal Health, General Discussion, Disaster, General Discussion, Wildlife Read more... Mar 22, 2017

Big Bend mule deer restoration effort advancing with partners

In a continued effort to boost a struggling mule deer population in parts of the Big Bend region of far West Texas, 98 female mule deer were recently relocated from Elephant Mountain Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and one private ranch in Pecos County to the Black Gap Wildlife WMA and adjacent El Carmen Land & Conservation Company (ECLCC) – CEMEX USA and Cuenca Los Ojos property. Read more…

General Discussion Read more... Mar 22, 2017

Texas crop, weather, for March 22, 2017

Early spring conditions may have disrupted bedding plant producer schedules, but milder-than-normal conditions could mean an extended growing season, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist. Dr. Charlie Hall, professor of horticulture, College Station, said early spring conditions for Texas and much of the southeastern U.S. and Central Midwest have pushed the typical schedules ahead for bedding plant growers. The problem for some midwestern areas is that temperatures could be in the 80s one day and well below freezing the next, Hall said. Read more…

General Discussion Read more... Mar 22, 2017

Last chance to register for a Texas Fence Law Webinar by the experts

Join TSCRA and presenters Tiffany Dowell-Lashmet and Jim Bradbury for a discussion this week on Texas fence law. By registering, you’ll also have access to their excellent new resource for landowners, Five Strands: A Landowner’s Guide to Fence Law in Texas. This interactive session will not only give you an overview of the fencing laws in Texas, but give you an opportunity to ask questions of the experts. The webinar will be on March 22 at 6:00 p.m. A recording will be available after the event. Register today! Click here to register.

General Discussion Read more... Mar 21, 2017

Livestock Supply Points for wildfire donations set closing dates

The truckloads of hay have slowed, and producers affected by wildfires are beginning to get some perspective on the damage done and the path forward, so Livestock Supply Points in three counties will begin winding down, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service officials. Read more….

General Discussion Read more... Mar 21, 2017

Senate committee hearing this week to nominate ag secretary

The Senate Committee on Agriculture will hold a hearing to consider the nomination of George “Sonny” Perdue, of Georgia, to be Secretary of Agriculture on Thursday, March 23 at 10:00 a.m., EST. A live webcast will be available of the hearing at ag.senate.gov. Click here to visit the Senate Agriculture Committee website…

General Discussion Read more... Mar 21, 2017

Nominations for 12th Annual BQA Awards now being accepted

Nominations for the 2018 national Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Awards are now being accepted. The beef checkoff-funded program, now in its 12th year, recognizes five winners in the areas of beef and dairy beef production, marketing and education. Nominations for the national BQA Awards are submitted by organizations, groups, or individuals on behalf of a U.S. beef producer, dairy beef producer, marketer or educator. Individuals and families may not nominate themselves, although nominees are expected to be involved in the preparation of the application. While applications from past nominees are encouraged, previous winners may not reapply. Read more…

General Discussion Read more... Mar 21, 2017