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USDA amends rules of practice to strengthen enforcement of LMR and COOL

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) today issued a final rule allowing USDA to take action as needed, including levying civil penalties, against violators of the Livestock Mandatory Reporting (LMR) and the Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) regulations. The action extends the current rules of practice under the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946, as amended, to include LMR and COOL violations. An omnibus bill repealed the mandatory COOL requirements for muscle cuts of beef and pork, and ground beef and pork, but other commodities are still under the rule.

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US Drought Monitor and Summary, Aug. 8, 2017

Several places across south central Texas saw a month’s worth of rainfall last week, resulting in a one-category improvement for much of the area, with the exception of a few areas that missed out on the rain such as the counties located near the Rio Grande. Two-category improvements were made in a localized area that saw 4 to 8 inches of rainfall. Moderate (D1) and severe (D2) drought remain in the eastern half of the Panhandle, with some small areas of improvement in the areas receiving heavier rainfall. In Oklahoma, heavy rains (1.5 to 8 inches) in the northeast part of the state erased the abnormally dry (D0) areas.

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TSCRA member benefits on Ford trucks

Did you know members of TSCRA are eligible for X-Plan pricing and special incentives on Ford vehicles, including an exclusive $500 Bonus Cash offer? This offer is available on the purchase or lease of most new Ford models, with a limit on two (2) eligible vehicle purchases per eligible customer household per calendar year. This offer can be used in conjunction with most retail consumer offers made available by Ford at either the time of factory order or delivery, but not both. This offer may not be combinable with some other Ford incentive programs. Some restrictions apply. See your participating dealer for full details.

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How will summer drought in the North and fall corn crop affect feeder cattle?

BEEF magazine’s Burt Rutherford discusses what you can expect as we approach the fall cattle run.

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Livestock working facilities: How much does it cost?

Labor and material costs in constructing livestock working facilities can eat a livestock producer’s lunch and put a serious damper on the checking account. However, the cost of working facilities is not so expensive when the costs associated with not having facilities are considered. Drovers CattleNetwork looks at how much it can pay to have livestock working facilities at the ranch.

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Fed Cattle Exchange sale report for Aug. 9, 2017

The Fed Cattle Exchange sale on Aug. 9, 2017, offered 1,659 head total, with 518 head sold at a weighted average price of $115.04. 1-9 Day Delivery: 856 head total, 397 head sold, weighted average price $115.28; 1-17 Day Delivery: 562 head total, 48 head sold, weighted average price $ 114.50; 17-30 Day Delivery: 241 […]

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Beef Loving Texans: Mediterranean steak sandwich

Bring a little taste of the Mediterranean to the dinner table with this steak sandwich recipe from Beef Loving Texans.

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New West Texas pipelines proposed to get oil from Permian Basin to Corpus Christi

A surge in production in the Permian Basin of West Texas, already the nation’s highest producing oilfield, is extracting more crude oil than refiners in Texas can handle. But now, producers in the Permian have new outlets for that oil with economic implications hundreds of miles away from the flatlands of West Texas. Currently one pipeline connects the Permian Basin to the Corpus Christi port with at least six more proposed. The Texas Standard talks the implications of an increase in oil production, increasing port activity and widening energy markets and could have from West Texas to the Gulf Coast. 

Aug 09, 2017 Read more...

Disaster declared for Oklahoma counties

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin Wednesday declared a state of emergency for four counties due to tornadoes, severe storms, straight-line winds and flooding that occurred Aug. 5-6, 2017. The counties included in the governor’s declaration are Mayes, Rogers, Tulsa and Wagoner. The storms resulted in more than 170 businesses and homes damaged.

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Disney pays at least $177m to settle BPI defamation case

Reuters reports that Walt Disney Co paid $177 million, in addition to insurance recoveries, to settle the closely watched “pink slime” defamation case against its ABC network by Beef Products Inc., a quarterly financial report shows. Privately-held BPI sued American Broadcasting Company (ABC) in 2012 for $5.7 billion, saying it and reporter Jim Avila had defamed the company by using the “pink slime” tag, and making errors and omissions in a series of reports that year.

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