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JBS SA shuts seven plants after asset freeze

Brazilian meatpacker JBS SA shut down its seven slaughterhouses in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul due to a court-ordered $230 million asset freeze, a press representative said on Wednesday. The company, whose owners face corruption and insider trading charges, said a combined 730 million reais ($230.64 million) had been frozen by a lower court in the state. Read more…

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Argument that Texas eminent domain procedure violates due process rejected by Federal Appellate court

Last week, the United States Court of Appeal for the Fifth Circuit considered a legal dispute between a landowner and the Trans-Pecos Pipeline project.  Specifically, the landowner claims that Texas eminent domain procedure violates the Due Process Clause of the United States Constitution. The court declined to issue an injunction to stay the state court eminent domain proceedings, finding that the landowner was unlikely to succeed on the merits of his claim. Tiffani Lashmet discusses what this could mean for landowners on the Texas Ag Law Blog. Read more…

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USDA offers targeted farm loan funding for underserved groups, beginning farmers and ranchers

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting State Executive Director in Texas, Erasmo (Eddie) Trevino, reminds producers that FSA offers specially targeted farm ownership and farm operating loans to underserved applicants as well as beginning farmers and ranchers.

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Beef Loving Texans: Cajun beef & bean burritos

Tex-Mex meets Cajun in this beef steak and bean burrito. How spicy you want it is up to you. Read more…

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Medina County elk tests positive for CWD

Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) officials have confirmed chronic wasting disease (CWD) in an elk located within the South-Central Texas CWD Zone. The elk was harvested on a high-fenced premises with common management as a property where white-tailed deer were previously confirmed to have CWD. This is the second known elk in Texas to test positive for CWD, the first being a free-ranging elk harvested in Dallam County on Dec. 6, 2016.

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Hurricane Harvey sparks renewed push for underground water storage projects

In Harvey’s wake, lawmakers are re-upping calls for state support of “aquifer storage and recovery” projects in which water is pumped into underground reservoirs and stored for future use. Some estimate that the amount of rain the storm dropped on the state could meet all its water needs — household, agricultural and otherwise — for at least eight years. Instead, those 34 trillion gallons ended up in the Gulf of Mexico. The practice of capturing water and injecting it into underground aquifers is well established. According to the Texas Water Development Board, there are at least 175 operational aquifer storage and recovery projects throughout the United States, including three in Texas. The Texas Tribune digs into the prospect of using geology’s natural reservoirs to store water. Read more…

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Fourth round of NAFTA negotiations come to a close

United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, and Mexican Secretary of the Economy Ildefonso Guajardo successfully concluded the fourth round of the renegotiation and modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The round took place in Arlington, Virginia, Oct. 11-17, covering seven full days of discussions in nearly 30 groups. Mexico will host the fifth round of talks in Mexico City Nov. 17-21, with additional rounds to be scheduled through the first quarter of 2018.

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Private property rights collide with invisible frog

Edward Poitevent is at the mercy of an invisible frog. He has lost private property rights on 1,500 Louisiana acres to a frog species that will never live on his land and doesn’t live in his state. The Endangered Species Act (ESA) is shackled to a litany of odd cases, but Poitevent’s battle with a $34-million frog may rank as the most bizarre of the lot. Can the federal government push aside private property rights in the name of critical habitat for a species that does not live on a given piece of land, cannot live on the land with the present environmental conditions, and does not live in the bounds of the state in question? Yes; just ask Poitevent. The feds don’t have to pay a dime for the acreage, yet Poitevent can never freely develop or sell his own land. AgWeb takes a look at how Endangered Species Act can wreak havoc on the rights of private landowners, even if a species doesn’t live on their land. Read more…

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Texas crop and weather report for Oct. 17, 2017

Corn producers in the High Plains wait out wet weather and potentially difficult conditions as global commodity market conditions worsen for U.S. producers. Significant rains have prevented producers from accessing fields and wet conditions were slowing corn dry down in preparation for harvest. Rain has also led to high levels of fusarium, or ear rot, in corn. The state is also testing aggressively for the mycotoxin fumonisin, which can be deadly to animals.

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