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Register now for TSCRA Policy Conference in San Antonio

Make plans to join TSCRA in San Antonio for the 2017 Policy Conference Sept. 27-29. The Policy Conference is where cattle raisers tackle tough issues and develop grassroots policies that guide TSCRA leaders and staff in our activities in Austin and Washington, D.C. Key topics addressed at the meeting will include: private property rights, transportation issues, water rights, sustainability, property taxes, surface damages, border issues, research priorities, and much more. 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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Cattle Raisers to host CattleFax Updates in Seymour, Fairfield and Gonzales

TSCRA will host CattleFax Market Outlook meetings in Seymour Aug. 28; Fairfield on Aug. 29; and Gonzales on Aug. 30. These free events will give area producers access to insights from global leaders in beef industry research, analysis and information, including updates from CattleFax CEO Randy Blach. His presentation will address several key factors that producers should consider this fall, including stocker cattle and wheat grazing prospects, a cattle price outlook and recent demand trends. Read more…

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Oilfield sand miners encroaching on threatened West Texas lizard

A voluntary plan the state of Texas crafted to protect a tiny West Texas reptile — and avoid its listing as an endangered species — is facing a significant threat from companies that mine the fine-grain sand oil producers use for hydraulic fracturing. In a letter to the Fish and Wildlife Service on Thursday, Robert Gulley, head of the state comptroller’s Division of Economic Growth and Endangered Species Management, said that more than a dozen “frac-sand” companies are planning mining operations in four West Texas counties that are home to prime dune sagebrush lizard habitat. The Texas Tribune talked with Gulley about state concerns and how the sand companies could upset a delicate balance. Read more…

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Canada suggests it could quit NAFTA talks over dispute mechanism

According to Reuters, Canada laid down a tough line ahead of talks on modernizing NAFTA on Monday, suggesting it could walk away if the United States pushed to remove a key dispute-settlement mechanism in the trade deal. Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, giving the most substantive outline yet of Canada’s goals, said she was “very optimistic” the negotiations would be a success. North American Free Trade Agreement members Canada, Mexico and the United States hold their first session in Washington on Wednesday. Read more…

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FDA proposes biomass method to calculate livestock antimicrobial use

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration announced Aug. 14 that it is publishing a paper proposing the use of a biomass denominator to adjust annual data on the amount of antimicrobials sold or distributed for use in food-producing animals in the U.S. This adjusted estimate will provide insight into broad shifts in the amount of antimicrobials sold for use in food-producing animals and will give the agency a more nuanced view of why sales increase or decrease over time in a manner that is specific to U.S. animal production.

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