TSCRA Special Ranger Ben Eggleston, Dist. 2 in southwest Oklahoma, reports 5 head of cattle missing from a property in Greer County Oklahoma. The cattle were last seen on Jan. 15 and are black, yellow or red steers and heifers weighing 325 to 500 pounds, each. All cattle were branded with a T over an upside down T or laying down TT on the right hip, with a square ear notch in right or left ear. Anyone with information on this case is urged to contact Special Ranger Eggleston 806-852-4741.
TSCRA Government Affairs Roundup: See you at Cattle Raisers Convention, 90-day ELD ag waiver extended; Japan tariffs
This week, TSCRA’s government affairs staff are preparing for the Cattle Raisers Convention in Fort Worth. For everyone interested in what the federal government has been up to and how it impacts ranchers and landowners, we have a great update scheduled during the 2018 Cattle Raisers Convention and Expo. On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced an additional 90-day agricultural exemption for the ELD mandate. In other good news, it is being reported that Japan import tariffs on U.S. beef will drop back to 38.5 percent on April 1.
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Are you currently creating or expanding an agricultural business in Texas? Consider applying for the 2018 Young Farmer Grant (YFG) program. This initiative is administered by the Texas Department of Agriculture under the direction of the Texas Agricultural Finance Authority (TAFA). This program provides financial assistance in dollar-for-dollar matching grant funds to individuals between 18 and 46 who are engaged or will be engaged in creating or expanding an agricultural business in Texas. Additional details, instructions and 2018 YFG Round 2 application materials can be found here. Applications are due by the close of business (5:00 p.m. CT) on March 22, 2018.
As trampled and pocked up winter feeding areas begin to dry out, consider all the alternatives that will allow these beat up paddocks to recover and become productive again. This information from the Ohio Beef Cattle Newsletter has some good tips for anyone wondering what to do about areas scoured by winter or early spring damage. Read more…
Patience as much as skill will be tested during the opening days of this year’s spring turkey season, as Texas hunters may be forced to wait out the natural pecking order to get a gobbler’s attention. According to biologists with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), recent field observations suggest hens are slowly becoming receptive, and breeding activity should be peaking over the next few weeks.
Expect the debate over GMO labeling—the labeling of foods containing genetically modified ingredients—to heat up again in the near future. USDA Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Greg Ibach tells Brownfield the agency is close to releasing a proposed GMO labeling rule for public comment. The bill mandating GMO labeling on food and beverage products was signed into law in 2016. Congress charged the USDA with developing the rules. –Brownfield Read more…
Dryness remained at bay across the Lower Mississippi Valley and southeastern Great Plains, although only light precipitation at best fell on western sections of the region. Drought persisted or worsened from Kansas, central Oklahoma, and eastern Texas westward into Colorado and New Mexico. Drought intensity was degraded in many areas, with Exceptional Drought (D4) introduced in a patch of northern Oklahoma east of the Panhandle. Extreme (D3) drought now covers a large swath across northeastern New Mexico, most of the Panhandle and adjacent areas in Texas, western Oklahoma, south-central and southwestern Kansas, and southeastern Colorado.
USDA designates areas of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana Primary Natural Disaster Areas due to drought
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 60 counties in Texas, 57 in Oklahoma, 61 counties in Arkansas and 25 Louisiana parishes as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought. Qualified farm operators in the designated areas and their contiguous counties or parishes are eligible for the Farm Service Agency’s (FSA’s) emergency (EM) loans, provided eligibility requirements are met. Farmers and ranchers in eligible counties and parishes have eight months from the date of the declaration on March 8, 2018, to apply for loans to help cover part of their actual losses.
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