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Cattle Raisers issue warning amid uptick in scams targeting ranchers

Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Rangers have noticed a troubling increase in a scam that targets ranchers and agriculture producers. Over recent weeks Special Rangers across the state have received reports from ranchers who have been targeted by the scams. The details vary, but most incidents follow a similar theme: A buyer, often from out of state, will call to inquire about cattle, hay or equipment that is for sale.

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WOTUS comment period extended

EPA and the Army are extending the comment period by 30 days for the proposed first step of the review of the definition of ‘Waters of the U.S.’ to provide additional time for stakeholders to weigh in. The comment period, as now extended, will close on Sept. 27, 2017. The proposed rule was signed by […]

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Lake Austin positive for invasive zebra mussels

Lake Austin is now classified as positive for invasive zebra mussels after biologists discovered them in the reservoir last week. Lake Austin is the third Central Texas reservoir where zebra mussels have been found this year, and the second in the Colorado River basin. Read more…

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Fed Cattle Exchange Sale Report for Aug. 16, 2017

The Fed Cattle Exchange offered 1,184 head on Aug. 16, but there were no sales. Read more…

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Beef Loving Texans: Mexican beef breakfast nachos

Start the day off right with these Mexican beef breakfast nachos. Read more…

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Anthrax found in Crockett County cattle

The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) has confirmed anthrax in five cattle on a Crockett County premises. This is the first anthrax case in Texas this year. The premises is located approximately 13 miles east of Ozona and has been quarantined. Anthrax is a bacterial disease caused by Bacillus anthracis, a naturally occurring organism with worldwide distribution, including areas of South Texas. Anthrax cases in Texas are historically found in the triangular area bound by the towns of Uvalde, Ozona and Eagle Pass. This area includes portions of Crockett, Val Verde, Sutton, Edwards, Kinney and Maverick counties. Read more…

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EPA Administrator Pruitt urges ranchers to submit WOTUS comments

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) has released a video featuring Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, in which Pruitt urges farmers and ranchers to submit official comments on the repeal of the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule before the Agency’s deadline of Monday, Aug. 28, 2017. “When comments are made a part of a […]

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How to avoid being skimmed

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller has released a short video to help Texas consumers avoid becoming a victim of credit card skimming at fuel pumps. Small devices implanted by thieves in fuel pumps, called skimmers, illegally collect consumers credit or debit card information when they gas up, and are being found in many areas around the state. Read more…

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Budget spreadsheets available for small grain, stocker cattle fall

Budget spreadsheets are available for wheat growers and stocker cattle operators planning fall operations, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist. Producers can tailor spreadsheets to their operations, he said. For example, one enterprise may be on bottomland and another on terraced land with different expenses. Each of these operations can be separated into single tab entries. Each tab will calculate per acre and total enterprise costs from information entered for seed, fertilizer, chemicals, fuel, repairs and other costs. Read more….

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Texas crop and weather for Aug. 14, 2017

Texas vineyards could experience a banner year as wine grape quantity and quality are expected to reach new heights. Jim Kamas, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service fruit specialist, Fredericksburg, said producers faced some concerns and minor struggles early this season, but overall Texas wine grape growers are on track to produce a surplus of quality fruit. Read more

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