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TSCRA Government & Public Affairs Roundup: Tax reform and making sure ag is included in disaster recovery

This week, TSCRA signed onto a letter by Congressman Mike Conaway, chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture. The letter urges House and Senate appropriations leaders to ensure farm and ranch families are a full part of Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts and the nation’s food supply is protected from future natural disasters. It also includes a proposed framework to address agricultural concerns in a supplemental appropriations bill.

 Tax reform also continues to push forward in Washington. The bill is currently in conference committee, where differences between the House and Senate version are being reconciled. Details on the compromise legislation are expected as early as Friday. TSCRA Government and Public Affairs staff will continue to monitor the progress and engage key lawmakers as necessary.

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Indictments handed down in livestock theft

A Mason County man was formally indicted Wednesday on two counts of Theft of Livestock. The indictments, both third-degree felonies, stem from a 2015 incident in Hamilton County involving numerous sheep and goats worth nearly $100,000 that were purchased with a bad check.

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Livestock Wx for 12-15-17: A period of more active weather?

Keep updated on the latest weather trends and outlooks with your personal daily weather planner—delivered each day via email. To subscribe to this free service click here. Livestock Wx for Dec. 15, 2017: A period of more active weather could be shaping up for the latter half of the month of December A majority of […]

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Farm Credit Corp releases report on ag’s financial condition

The Farm Credit Administration board received a quarterly report Friday on economic issues affecting agriculture, together with an update on the financial condition and performance of the Farm Credit System as of Sept. 30, 2017. According to the report, USDA’s latest forecast indicates farm income appears to be stabilizing near its historical average. USDA expects net cash farm income to increase from $93.3 billion in 2016 to $96.9 billion in 2017. The gain is driven by stronger cash receipts for cattle and calves, hogs, broilers, and dairy. Read more…

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US Drought Monitor and Summary, Dec. 12, 2017

While it was dry across much of the South, some southern regions saw welcome precipitation around the 7th to the 8th. Snow fell across south Texas, where some drought conditions improved. Corpus Christi recorded snow for just its ninth day on record, with 1-3 inches falling around the area. However, it remained dry around the rest of the South, leading to the expansion of abnormally dry (D0) conditions across the Texas Panhandle. Moderate drought also spread westward across the Oklahoma Panhandle. Since October 6, Boise City has received a total of only 0.02 inch of precipitation. Normal for this period is about 2 inches. Numerous stations in the Panhandle reported no precipitation in the past two months. The lack of precipitation led to degraded conditions across other parts of central and northern Texas as well as parts of Oklahoma. The area of extreme drought (D3) creeped west into southeast Oklahoma and eastern Texas.

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TSCRA Holiday Hours

In observance of the Christmas and New Years’ holidays, TSCRA offices will be closed Dec. 22 through Jan. 1. We will reopen for regular business on Jan. 2. For those that need assistance during that time, such as to reserve Fort Worth Stock Show passes, contact law enforcement or Cattle Raisers Insurance, you have the […]

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Texas land grab: How the feds abused power to seize property for border fence

A decade ago, many border Texans got a raw deal when the federal government seized land for a barrier — while others pushed up the price. Will the government’s rushed, haphazard process be repeated as it pushes for a border wall? The Texas Tribune and ProPublica, which produces investigative journalism in the public interest, partnered on this project to expose the federal government’s use of eminent domain to seize land for a fence along the U.S -Mexico border. Read more…

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Republicans have a final deal on their tax bill — here’s what’s in it

Republican leaders on Wednesday reached an agreement on their final tax bill, paving the way for an overhaul of the federal tax code by Christmas. The bill, also known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, is in a conference committee to iron out discrepancies between the House and Senate versions that those chambers passed. The final bill could have significant changes. Business Insider takes a look at what the reported changes that have been agreed upon. Read more…

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Softball quail habitat evaluation technique

Dr. Dale Rollins with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service relates quail habitat to softball and discusses similarities of the two.

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Beef Loving Texans: Holiday beef tenderloin

Make the holidays tasty with this special beef tenderloin recipe from Beef Loving Texans. Read more…

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