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Cow-Calf Corner: Understanding wet hay; More lessons in meat demand

In the May 25 edition of Cow-Calf Corner, a weekly newsletter form the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Agency, Glenn Selk discusses how to deal with wet hay and Derrell Peel talks about production, markets and beef demand.

May 26, 2015 Read more...

TSCRA wraps up Texas Central Railway informational meetings

Around 100 ranchers, landowners and guests attended the second of TSCRA’s informational meetings in Navasota Thursday evening at the Grimes County Expo Center. Kyle Workman, president, Texans Against High-Speed Rail, was there to discuss the project and answer questions. TSCRA hosted a previous meeting May 14 in Corsicana at the Navarro County Exposition Center.

May 22, 2015 Read more...

Wal-Mart asks meat suppliers to reduce antibiotic use

Wal-Mart Stores Inc said its U.S. units were asking meat suppliers to reduce the use of antibiotics in animals, joining the list of U.S. companies that have responded to consumer and government concerns over the excess use of drugs in livestock. Walmart U.S. and Sam’s Club U.S. will also ask suppliers to provide annual reports […]

May 22, 2015 Read more...

Roberts: EPA stacked the deck on WOTUS comments

Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., used a nomination hearing Thursday to sound off on what he said were EPA’s “questionable activities” surrounding the proposed Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. Roberts told Jeffrey Prieto, President Obama’s nominee to be USDA’s general counsel, that the proposed rule would harm U.S. agriculture, which USDA has the […]

May 22, 2015 Read more...

Texas ag producers still have time to apply for direct farm ownership loan program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Texas Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Judith A. Canales announced Thursday, May 21, that farmers and ranchers still have time to apply for low interest loans available through the FSA direct farm ownership program. Applications must be approved by Sept. 30, 2015, to take advantage of the funding available. Eligible farmers and ranchers can borrow up to $300,000 to buy farmland, construct or repair buildings, pay closing costs, or promote soil and water conservation. The interest rate can be as low as 1.5 percent with up to 40 years to repay.

May 21, 2015 Read more...

Care for your stock trailer

During the Cattle Transportation Symposium at Colorado State University, University of Tennessee emeritus professor Dr. Clyde Lane outlines some considerations for minimizing risk and stress while transporting cattle in stock trailers. Watch the video at  at Drovers CattleNetwork…

May 21, 2015 Read more...

It's what's for dinner: Inside-out grilled steak salad

Wrap grilled strip steaks in crunchy lettuce leaves and top with strips of your favorite veggies. Read more at beefitswhatsfordinner.com…

May 21, 2015 Read more...

TSCRA testifies before committee on importance of SB 474 for landowners

Leslie Kinsel, chair of the TSCRA Legislative and Tax Committee, testified Monday on S.B. 474 in a House Land and Resource Management Committee Hearing at the Texas State Capitol. The bill is authored by Sen. Lois Kolkhorst and Rep. Cindy Burkett.

May 20, 2015 Read more...

Conservation assistance available for landowners along the San Antonio River

Through the Gulf of Mexico Clean Waters Initiative, the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Texas will provide technical and financial assistance to farmers, ranchers and other private landowners along the San Antonio River in Wilson, Karnes, Refugio, Goliad, Refugio, Victoria, Calhoun and Aransas counties. This assistance will help private landowners in the designated watersheds to develop a conservation plan and receive voluntary recommendations such as rotational grazing, and brush management to help improve the natural resources, including water quality and quantity that ultimately flows into the Gulf of Mexico.

May 20, 2015 Read more...

Texas crop, weather, for May 20, 2015

Continued heavy rains through the South, Central, Southeast, East and North regions of the state delayed hay harvesting. The current cool, extremely wet conditions in many areas of the state have led to a lot of cool-season crops producers haven’t been able to harvest.

May 20, 2015 Read more...