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TSCRA Government Affairs Roundup: CERCLA, EPCRA, NAFTA and election candidates

TSCRA government affairs staff have been working with the EPA, Congress and other livestock associations to resolve CERCLA and EPCRA reporting requirements that will affect livestock producers; monitoring the potential government shutdown; meeting with candidates for the upcoming Texas primary election, among other activities.

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Looming CERCLA Superfund deadline for 200,000 farms, ranches

At this time, TSCRA is not expecting a significant impact on ranchers if CERCLA reporting requirements are enacted prior to our ability to find a long-term exemption for agriculture operations. A D.C. court ruling last year determined that the EPA could not exempt agriculture operations from reporting requirements meant for toxic waste Superfund sites. The court may issue its formal order as soon as Monday, but nothing is official until they actually issue the mandate on paper. Also hear NCBA’s Chief Environmental Counsel Scott Yager discuss the deadline on this week’s NCBA Beltway Beef podcast.

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Livestock Wx for January 19, 2018: Panhandle Hooks, Clippers and a warm-up in store for Texas & Oklahoma

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. We are entering the time of the year when major winter storms become more likely. The biggest event so far this winter has been the “bomb cyclone” which […]

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Drought increases wildfire risk in the Great Plains through spring

Kansas State University scientists and the National Interagency Coordination Center are warning producers and fire managers that drought in the central and southern Plains is causing a higher than normal risk of wildfire through April. Areas with elevated risk include Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. Read more…

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What would a government shutdown mean to ag?

According to Politico’s Morning Agriculture newsletter, a USDA spokesperson says the agency has contingency plan that’s “very similar” to what’s been used in past shutdowns. For instance, food inspectors and responders to emergency and natural disaster situations are considered essential employees and would stay on the job.

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Managing the impact of cattle lice during winter months

Cattle lice infections can affect the health and performance of cows and stocker cattle during the winter months. This time period generally ranges from December through March. The USDA has estimated that livestock producers lose up to $125 million per year due to effects of lice infestations. Not only can they be the cause of direct animal performance losses, but they also increase wear and tear on facilities and fences. The direct losses to cattle come in forms of decreased average daily gains (documented 0.25 pounds per day reduction in growing calves), skin infections, and potentially blood loss and anemia. Read more…

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US Drought Monitor and Summary, Jan. 16, 2018

Moderate drought was improved over portions of eastern Texas. Despite the dry pattern over the last several weeks, the precipitation prevented further degradation in the rest of the Ark-La-Tex region. In the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles, dryness continued and degradation was widespread. Extreme drought was pushed to the west in Oklahoma and south into the northeastern portion of the Texas panhandle. Severe drought was expanded to now cover all of the rest of Oklahoma and Texas Panhandle regions. Extreme drought was also expanded over northern Texas while moderate drought and abnormally dry conditions were expanded over most of the central portions of Texas. There have been widespread reports of very dry soils, poor winter wheat stands, and lack of grazing on wheat, as well as low stock ponds. Cover crops have failed throughout this region and reports are coming in of complete dryness in the soils down 3-4 feet. A new area of moderate drought was introduced into southern Texas.

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JBS to sell 5 Rivers Cattle Feeding for $200m

JBS USA plans to sell Five Rivers Cattle Feeding to Pinnacle Asset Management, L.P., for approximately $200 million. Pinnacle Asset, an investment firm specializing in commodities and natural resources, made the announcement on Jan. 17 in a press release. Five Rivers Cattle Feeding includes 11 feedlots and has a total feeding capacity estimated at 980,000 head of cattle, making it the largest cattle feeder in the world. The feeding operation has yards in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Read more…

Jan 18, 2018 Read more...

Consider your options: graze out vs harvesting wheat

Myriah D. Johnson, Ph.D., Noble Research Institute agricultural economist, offers advice to producers on crunching the numbers to create a useful budget when evaluating the graze-out or wheat for grain options. Read more…

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New cuts for the new year

The annual What’s Hot culinary forecast released by the National Restaurant Association named “new cuts of meat” as the top trend for 2018. As the authority on all things beef, the Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. Culinary Center chefs and meat scientists have put together a list of the top five innovative cuts you need to know. Read more…

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