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Arrests made in Hopkins County cattle theft

Landon Dee Harness, 22, and Lane Wesley Keller, 21, both of Sulphur Springs, were arrested last week on charges of Theft of Livestock in a case involving 12 head of cattle stolen from a Hopkins County pasture. TSCRA Special Ranger Toney Hurley and Hopkins County Sheriff Investigations Division sifted through hours of surveillance video taken from a game camera to identify the suspects. Read more…

Oct 17, 2017 Read more...

USDA withdraws GIPSA interim final rule

USDA’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) announced Oct. 17 it is withdrawing its interim final rule regarding proof of harm standards under the Packers and Stockyards Act. The interim final rule would have broadened the scope of the Packers and Stockyards Act of 1921 related to using “unfair, unjustly discriminatory or deceptive practices” and to giving “undue or unreasonable preferences or advantages.” House Ag Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway, Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Subcommittee Chairman David Rouzer and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Colin Woodall have all praised the decision as a victory for cattle producers and consumers.

Oct 17, 2017 Read more...

EPA issues directive to end “sue and settle”

In fulfilling his promise to end the practice of regulation through litigation that has harmed the American public, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt issued an agency-wide directive Monday designed to end “sue and settle” practices within the agency, providing an unprecedented level of public participation and transparency in EPA consent decrees and settlement agreements. “The days of regulation through litigation are over,” he said

Oct 17, 2017 Read more...

Scientists seek public assistance in tackling rose rosette disease

Halfway through a five-year, $4.6 million grant to combat rose rosette disease in the U.S., the national research team studying it is encouraged by the amount of information learned but admits having a way to go before finding how to overcome the deadly problem. Rose rosette was observed on wild roses as early as the 1940s, but it was not until 2011 that scientists definitively identified the cause as being from a new virus transmitted by the microscopic eriophyid mite. Now the virus is killing commercial rose varieties and scientists are soliciting help from people who like to grow roses for help.

Oct 17, 2017 Read more...

TDA Market Recap, Oct. 16, 2017

For the week ending Oct. 13, 2017, Texas feeder cattle auctions were mixed, mostly reporting prices steady to $10 higher with instances of $3 to $5 lower. Texas Weekly Direct reported prices $1 to $5 higher. Wholesale Beef values were higher at the end of the week, with Choice Grade gaining 9 cents to close at $198.22 per hundredweight (cwt) and Select Grade gaining $1.39 to end at $188.66 per cwt. For the time period of Sept. 20 to Oct 5, 2017, U.S. exporters reported that net sales of beef totaled 12,900 metric tons (MT) and were down 38 percent from the previous week and 19 percent from the prior four-week average. Increases were reported primarily for Japan, South Korea and Canada. Exports totaled 16,000 MT and were unchanged from the previous week, but up 5 percent from the prior four-week average. The primary destinations were Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong.

Oct 17, 2017 Read more...

TSCRA Crime Watch: Gooseneck flatbed trailer stolen in Central TX

TSCRA Special Ranger Marvin Wills, Dist. 15 in Central Texas, reports the theft of a flatbed gooseneck trailer from a property near Axtel in McClennan County some time between Oct. 14 and 16. Missing is a black 24-foot Landmax gooseneck flatbed trailer with dual axles but single wheels, license plate DWC – Z21, VIN 5L8GF242841001442. The trailer jacks have been modified and there is a TSCRA sticker on the gooseneck. If you have any information regarding this theft please call Special Ranger Wills at 254-865-2571.

Oct 16, 2017 Read more...

TCFA elects new officers and board members

The Texas Cattle Feeders Association elected new officers during their 50th Annual Convention held Oct. 8-10 in Amarillo. Jason Peeler of Floresville will serve as chairman of the board; Levi Berry of Happy as chairman-elect; and Paul Defoor of Amarillo as vice chairman.

Oct 16, 2017 Read more...

USDA offers targeted farm loan funding for underserved groups and beginning Oklahoma farmers, ranchers

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Oklahoma Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting Executive Director, Lyndal Stoup, reminds producers that FSA offers specially targeted farm ownership and farm operating loans to underserved applicants as well as beginning farmers and ranchers. During fiscal year 2017, Oklahoma FSA obligated $318 million in loans to underserved borrowers and beginning farmers and ranchers.

Oct 16, 2017 Read more...

Cow-Calf Corner: Growing cattle inventories means more stocker opportunities; Bull management in multi-sire pastures

In this week’s edition of Cow-Calf Corner, a newsletter from the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Agency, Derrell Peel discusses the growing cattle inventory and what it could mean for stockers; and Glenn Selk talks managing bulls in multi-sire pastures

Oct 16, 2017 Read more...

Cattle Raisers Government & Public Affairs Weekly Roundup: Trade, guest worker programs and tax reform

This week TSCRA government and public affairs staff continued to monitor numerous topics up for debate in Washington, D.C., including trade, guest worker programs and tax reform proposals. TSCRA will continue to engage on these issues, and others, to protect the interests of cattle raisers. Staff also attended several ranch gatherings across the state to provide updates on legislative activities. More gatherings, Ranching 101 sessions and more are scheduled for coming weeks – click or tap here to see if one is being held in your area soon. They’re free, they’re fun and you’ll have an opportunity to get the latest from TSCRA and fellow cattle raisers.

Oct 13, 2017 Read more...