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TSCRA Crime Watch: Stolen skidsteer in SE TX

TSCRA Special Ranger Tommy Charbula, District 24 in southeast Texas, reports the theft of a John Deere skidsteer from a property near Rosharon in Brazoria County. Sometime after Aug. 26 a thief or thieves cut a chain on a locked gate to steal the yellow 2008 John Deere 332 skidsteer with serial number T 0332TEI 56580. The skidsteer has a hay fork lift attached to the front. Anyone with information is urged to contact Special Ranger Charbula at 361-782-5209 or Operation Cow Thief tipline at 888-830-2333.

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Attend a Stockmanship & Stewardship Event in Stephenville Oct. 5-6

Join Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Texas Beef Council and Boehringer-Ingelheim Vetmedica at Tarleton State University in Stephenville for two days of learning and information. With live cattle handling demonstrations, hands-on training, and updates on the newest trends in the industry, you are sure to find valuable information to improve your operation. Read more…

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US signs revised KORUS agreement

On Sept. 24, a revised Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) was signed by President Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Since KORUS went into effect in 2012, the U.S. trade deficit in goods with Korea increased by 75 percent from $13.2 billion to $23.1 billion (2017), while the overall deficit increased by 57 percent from $6.3 billion to $9.8 billion (2017). Through negotiations to improve KORUS, the United States has secured changes that will reduce the trade deficit and ensure that KORUS is a good deal for American workers, farmers, ranchers and businesses. Read more…

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USDA outlines next steps for advancing animal disease traceability

Greg Ibach, Under Secretary for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Marketing and Regulatory Programs, announced on Tuesday USDA’s four overarching goals for advancing animal disease traceability to protect the long-term health, marketability and economic viability of the U.S. livestock industry. These objectives include the digital sharing of data between officials, industry and an animal health events repository; the use of electronic identification ear tags; enhancing the ability to track individual animals from birth to slaughter; and to elevate the discussion and development of a system to transmit and use electronic animal health certificates. Read more…

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Draft state flood assessment comment period is now open

The public review and comment period for the Texas Water Development Board’s (TWDB) Draft State Flood Assessment is now open until Oct. 3. The public is encouraged to participate in the final opportunity to contribute to the flood assessment in three ways: submit comments by email or in writing, or provide public testimony at an Oct. 3 meeting. Read more…

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USDA NASS Texas Crop Progress and Condition, Sept. 17-23, 2018

A cold front hit the state this past week, bringing between 2 and 8 inches of rain to the Blacklands. Precipitation in the rest of the state ranged from trace amounts up to 3 inches, with isolated areas in the Cross Timbers, East Texas, South East Texas and the Edwards Plateau getting upwards of 5 inches. There were 5.2 days suitable for fieldwork. Livestock and cattle were mostly in good body condition across the state. Very little feed supplementation was reported last week. Thanks to recent rains, stock tanks levels had improved in many parts of the state. Pasture and range condition was rated 69 percent fair to good. Increased armyworm activity was reported in pastures and small grain fields across many areas of the state. Read more…

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Stilwell man surrenders on embezzlement charges

Johnny Ray Simmons, 52, of Stilwell, has surrendered to Harper County authorities on six counts of embezzlement. TSCRA Special Ranger Brett Wellden initiated the investigation in 2017 after being contacted by the victim, who stated that he and Simmons had partnered on a herd of cattle pastured on tribal lease lands in Northeastern Oklahoma. When the lease expired, the victim moved the cattle from the property and alleged that 103 were missing. Through the course of the investigation, it was also discovered that Simmons failed, for several years, to pay the victim for calf crops as required by their agreement. Read more…

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TSCRA Crime Watch: Saddles, tack and electronics taken in Weatherford theft

TSCRA Special Ranger Wayne Goodman, District 10 in North Texas, reports saddles, tack and other items stolen from a property in Parker County sometime after Sept. 14. Among the items stolen were two custom cutting saddles: the first with 3/4 floral tooling, roughout seat and fenders with a chocolate brown border, horn and swells; The second with 3/4 geometric tooling, roughout seat and fenders, and a chocolate colored border, swells and horn. Also taken were 5 tooled headstalls with silver buckles; a silver mounted Randy Paul bit with RP on the mouthpiece; double-stitched latigo reins; many pairs of custom-tooled spur straps, some with silver buckles; many pairs of custom chaps and a box of chap leather whole hides; and an array of bag punches. Stolen electronics included 2 Nest indoor security cameras and a Nikon D7000 DX digital SLR kit, as well as a Netgear router and miscellaneous camera and computer equipment. Anyone with information regarding this theft is urged to contact Special Ranger Goodman at 817-309-5048, or the Operation Cow Thief tip hotline at 888-830-2333.

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US Cattle on Feed up 6 percent, Texas up 3 percent

Cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 11.1 million head on Sept. 1, 2018, up 6 percent above Sept. 1, 2017, inventory. This is the highest September 1 inventory since the series began in 1996. Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in Texas feedlots with capacity of 1,000 head or more totaled 2.68 million head on Sept. 1, 2018, up 3 percent from a year ago. Producers placed 415 thousand head in commercial feedlots during August, up 8 percent from a year ago. Texas commercial feeders marketed 440 thousand head during August, up 1 percent from 2017. Read more…

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Texas Ag Law Blog: State beef checkoffs facing legal challenge

In addition to an ongoing legal challenge in Montana, state beef checkoff programs in thirteen additional states are now facing legal challenge, including Texas. At question is whether producers’ right to free speech under the First Amendment is being violated when they are required to pay money to a state beef council to support speech contrary to their beliefs. A critical issue in this case will be whether the promotions funded by the qualified state beef councils, like the Montana Beef Council, constitute private speech. Tiffany Dowell Lashmet examines the details of the litigation in this week’s Texas Ag Law Blog post. Read more…

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