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Making the Endangered Species Act Work Better for Species and Cattlemen

U.S. Senator John Barrasso is chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. He recently introduced a legislative proposal, called the Endangered Species Act (ESA) Amendments of 2018, that would bring much-needed modernization to the ESA. This week’s Beltway Beef newsletter from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association includes a statement by Barrasso outlining the goals and value of the act proposal for both endangered species and cattlemen. Read more…

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Teaching Calves to Eat: 5 benefits of creep feeding

Commercial cow-calf operations are as diverse as the vast landscapes where they operate. Outside of a general dependence on land and forage resources and what they are selling, operations vary greatly. Availability of labor and equipment resources, along with other variables, limits the adoption of certain production practices. But almost any operation can do more by creep feeding. Creep feeding teaches calves to eat and prepares them for the next stage of production. These five benefits of creep feeding help add value to the calf for the customer in the next segment and improve profitability of the cow-calf operation. -Progressive CattlemanRead more…

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USDA to relocate and realign Economic Research Service, relocate NIFA

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has announced further reorganization of the USDA, a move intended to improve customer service, strengthen offices and programs, and save taxpayer dollars. The Economic Research Service (ERS), currently under USDA’s Research, Education, and Economics mission area, will realign once again with the Office of the Chief Economist (OCE) under the Office of the Secretary. Additionally, most employees of ERS and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) will be relocated outside of the National Capital Region. The movement of the employees outside of Washington DC is expected to be completed by the end of 2019. Read more…

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US Drought Monitor and Summary, Aug. 10, 2018

Moderate rainfall was less common in the South region than farther east, with 7-day rainfall exceeding an inch restricted to portions of southeastern Texas and small pockets in the western Oklahoma Panhandle and adjacent Texas. Large portions of Oklahoma (excluding the Panhandle), and interior Texas received little or no rainfall. As a result, dryness and drought improved across the northwestern Oklahoma and the northern Texas Panhandle, but persisted or intensified farther south and east. Small areas of D4 were introduced in central and southwestern Texas and southwestern Oklahoma (mostly based on large multi-month rainfall shortages and (in central Texas) depleted moisture in grass, shrubs, and even large trees that could serve as efficient fuel for wildfires). D3 expanded to cover a large area from southwestern to northeastern Texas, and smaller regions of D3 now cover several patches in northwestern Louisiana, along the Red River Valley, and in northwestern Texas. Read more…

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TSCRA Crime Watch: Hereford bull missing in Mills County

TSCRA Special Ranger HD Brittain, District 19 in West Texas, reports a Hereford bull missing from a property near Mullins. The 4-year-old registered Hereford bull was last seen on Aug. 1, has a brand on the left hip (click here to see brand), a metal tag in the right ear and a “0114” tattoo in the left ear. Anyone with information on this bull is urged to contact Special Ranger Brittain at 325-853-2062.

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Cattle industry secures 45-day agreement to reinstate spray boxes

Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA), Texas Cattle Feeders Association (TCFA), Texas Farm Bureau (TFB), Livestock Marketing Association of Texas (LMAT), Independent Cattlemen’s Association of Texas (ICA) and South Texans’ Property Rights Association (STPRA) attended a meeting with Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller Tuesday in Austin. The purpose of the meeting was to urge the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) to protect the cattle industry by allowing producers to continue utilizing spray boxes as part of their cattle fever tick eradication efforts. The producers and staff that attended the meeting on behalf of industry were able to reach a temporary compromise with TDA that will ensure our ability to protect the health and well-being of our cattle for the next 45 days. Read more…

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NOAA forecasters lower Atlantic hurricane season prediction

Conditions in the ocean and the atmosphere are conspiring to produce a less active Atlantic hurricane season than initially predicted in May, though NOAA and FEMA are raising caution as the season enters its peak months. Seasonal forecasters with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center have increased the likelihood of a below-normal Atlantic hurricane season to 60 percent (up from 25 percent in May) in the updated outlook, issued Aug. 9. The likelihood of a near-normal season is now at 30 percent, and the chance of an above-normal season has dropped from 35 percent to 10 percent. For the entire season, which ends Nov. 30, NOAA predicts a total of 9-13 named storms (winds of 39 mph or greater) of which 4-7 will become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or greater), including 0-2 major hurricanes (winds of 111 mph or greater). Read more…

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Technical assistance available in 32 coastal counties to enhance wildlife habitat

The Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB) and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) are working together to create and enhance healthy habitat for coastal migratory and shore birds in the Gulf of Mexico region by developing over 200 conservation plans for farmers, ranchers, and private landowners that will address natural resource concerns that impact wildlife habitat. Read more…

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Ag Law in the Field Podcast: Grazing leases

The latest Ag Law in the Field podcast covers one of their most popular topics – grazing leases. In Tiffany Dowell Lashmet’s role at Texas A&M, this is by far the topic she is asked to speak on the most. What terms should be included? Do they really need to be in writing? How much should I charge? TAMU Alum Cari Rincker joins her to talk through all those questions, and more. Read more…

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Beef Loving Texans: Basic beef & vegetable meatball

It’s time for kids to head back to school, and this easy beef and vegetable meatball makes a quick weeknight dinner. Read more…

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