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Governors, attorneys general say CWA rule a legal threat to farmers

Since the release of the proposed waters of the U.S. rule, the EPA has maintained it is simply codifying those waters that already are jurisdictional, and that it narrows down the scope of those waters covered with new definitions, and farmers have nothing to fear if they don’t already need permits. A group of governors […]

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Senators join last-minute push to keep COOL

September came and went with no final announcement on the Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) dispute held up at the World Trade Organization (WTO). While there has been some speculation among stakeholders and a preliminary document shared with the governments involved, the final decision has yet to be announced. The WTO is deciding on whether […]

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EPA water rule pits liberal billionaires against rural farmers

What do left-wing billionaires and the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) definition of “navigable waters” have in common? More than the former would care to admit about the latter. Read more at The Hill…

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Cow-Calf Corner: Oklahoma October rain = wheat pasture = stocker demand; Prussic acid poisoning is a concern after a light frost

In the Oct. 13 issue of Cow/Calf Corner, a newsletter from the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, Derrell Peel discusses the interaction between October moisture, wheat pasture progress and stocker demand; and Glenn Selk talks prussic acid poisoning after a light frost.

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Build a pond once, the right way

If it is worth doing, it is worth doing right. This old adage rings true for pond construction as much as anything.

Oct 10, 2014 Read more...

TSCRA officers attend Five Nations Beef Alliance

TSCRA Officers Pete Bonds, Richard Thorpe, Robert McKnight and CEO Eldon White attended the annual conference of the Five Nations Beef Alliance this week in Bastrop, Texas. The alliance includes producer organization leaders from the United States, Australia, Canada, Mexico and New Zealand. Delegations from Brazil and Paraguay also attended. NCBA President and TSCRA Past […]

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Ranch gatherings held in Elk City and Dalhart

Approximately 100 association members, friends and guests gathered for ranching events in Elk City, Okla, and Dalhart, Texas, this week. Attendees heard about law enforcement activities and received a legislative update. Special thanks go to Brandon Hickey and Elk City Livestock Auction for sponsoring the gathering in Elk City. Attendees were entertained by Chuck Milner. […]

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Study – no health problems for GE-fed livestock

A new scientific review from the University of California, Davis, reports that the performance and health of food-producing animals consuming genetically engineered feed, first introduced 18 years ago, has been comparable to that of animals consuming non-GE feed. The review study also found that scientific studies have detected no differences in the nutritional makeup of […]

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Texas cattle industry hurt by drought

Texas has been the long time leader in the cattle industry with the highest number of head and the most producers. But even though much of the state has received more rainfall this year than the past few, total cattle inventory is still down. Total numbers fell by 600,000 cattle from 2012 to 2013. And […]

Oct 09, 2014 Read more...

Texas agriculture, bigger in more ways than you might know

The Census of Agriculture is the most complete account of U.S. farms and ranches and the people who operate them. Every Thursday USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) highlights new census data and the power of the information to shape the future of American agriculture. Texas cattle production alone is worth more than the total […]

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