TSCRA statement on finalized EPA water rule


TSCRA President Pete Bonds made a statement Wednesday after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized its Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. The agency finalized the rule, which unilaterally expands its jurisdiction over water in our country, only 6 months after receiving 1 million public comments. “The EPA claims the finalized Waters of the U.S. rule is an effort to keep our nation’s water clean and safe, but I fully disagree…” Read more…

TSCRA Ranch Rodeo in Levelland July 18


TSCRA will host the final ranch rodeo of 2015 on July 18 in Levelland, in conjunction with the Caprock Ranchers Horse Futurity. There are a limited number of slots remaining for ranch rodeo teams. If you want to test yourself against the best teams in Texas and Oklahoma, you need to enter. For more details, go to tscra.org/ranchrodeo.

Texans encouraged to help those devastated by floods and severe weather

Picture courtesy Texas AM AgriLife Extension Service

Parts of rural Texas have been hit hard by severe weather and experienced the wrath of Mother Nature through tornadoes, heavy rainfall, thunderstorms and flooding. As Texans continue to deal with the aftermath of this devastating weather, Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller is calling on fellow Texans to lend a helping hand to those in need by donating to the State of Texas Agriculture Relief Fund or STAR Fund. The STAR Fund was created to collect monetary contributions from private individuals and businesses to assist farmers and ranchers in responding to and recovering from natural disasters. Funds may be used to rebuild fences, restore operations and pay for other agricultural relief efforts. “These severe storms are catastrophic in nature, and in their wake, they’ve destroyed homes and Read more…

NCBA: EPA writes off rural America, finalizes proposed WOTUS rule

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The EPA finalized its “Waters of the United States” proposed rule Wednesday, which unilaterally strips private property rights and adds hundreds of thousands of stream miles and acres of land to federal jurisdiction. Under the guise of clarifying the Clean Water Act, the EPA and the Army Corps added ambiguous language to the law that leaves regulation up to the subjectivity of individual regulators across the country. By law, the EPA must read and consider all comments submitted on the proposed rule, but only six months after receiving over one million public comments on the proposal, EPA has finalized the rule. Philip Ellis, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association president, said this is a clear indication there is no intention of considering the concerns of those most impacted by the rule. Read more…

Cattlemen’s Column: Texas Central Railway raises concerns on use of eminent domain

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TSCRA President Pete Bonds talks the proposed DFW to Houston high-speed rail plan, eminent domain and how ranchers and landowners are caught in the middle. Read more…

TDA Market Recap, May 27, 2015

Texas Department of Agriculture

For the week ending May 23, 2015, Texas auctions quoted feeder cattle prices mostly steady, with instances of sales ranging from $2 to $5 higher per hundredweight (cwt). Texas weekly direct feeder cattle sales were mostly steady to firm. Wholesale beef values were higher, with Choice Grade losing $1.68 to close at $260.25 per cwt and Select Grade losing $3.48 to close at $247.62 per cwt. Net export sales for May 8-14 were up noticeably from the previous week. Export shipments were down one percent from the previous week, and shipments primarily went to Japan, Mexico and South Korea. Read more…

How ranchers can help in flood zones


Much of Texas is dealing with severe storms and flood situations, especially in the counties of Caldwell, Guadalupe and Hays. TSCRA law enforcement has been in contact with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and local authorities in the affected areas and have offered aid as needed. Ranchers and landowners are asked to cooperate with the local authorities to facilitate any search and rescue operations on their property, especially along the Blanco River. For more information on disaster recovery, visit the Texas AgriLife Extension Disaster Education Network at texashelp.tamu.edu

TSCRA Crime Watch: Trailer stolen in Callahan County, 4-wheeler missing in Shelby County


TSCRA Special Ranger Joe Roberts, Dist. 16 in Central Texas, reports the May 4 theft of a stock trailer from a property south of Baird in Callahan County and Special Ranger Larry Hand, Dist. 13 in far East Texas, also reports the theft of a 4-wheeler from a ranch near Timpson in Shelby County. Read more…

24 counties added to disaster proclamation


Gov. Greg Abbot has issued an Emergency Disaster Proclamation certifying that the severe weather, tornado and flooding event that began on May 4, 2015, has caused a disaster in additional Texas counties. Read more at gov.texas.gov…

With new EPA water rule, Obama again takes executive action on environment


The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to release a new rule this week to protect a significantly larger percentage of streams and wetlands that provide habitat for wildlife and sources of drinking water. The move is another example of President Obama taking executive action on environmental and climate issues regardless of whether he has the support of Congress. The administration has already protected millions of acres from oil and gas development and is expected to set aside more, even as it has allowed the expansion of oil and gas drilling elsewhere. It plans to issue new rules this summer to reduce carbon emissions from power plants. Read more at the LA Times.

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

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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. 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. Read more…

Browning Blog: Rain in the plains, y’all

Evelyn Browning-Garriss

In the May 22 edition of the Browning Blog, exclusive content for TSCRA members from climatologist Evelyn Browning-Garriss, get the latest on El Niño, spring and summer rain, and what it all means for our short and long-term drought situation.  Read more…

Wal-Mart asks meat suppliers to reduce antibiotic use

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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 on antibiotics management and animal welfare, the world’s largest retailer said on Friday. Read more at Reuters…

Roberts: EPA stacked the deck on WOTUS comments

USDA/NRCS photo by Jeff Vanuga.

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 responsibility to protect. What’s more, Roberts said he believes EPA broke federal law when it “manipulated and influenced” the outcome of the rule’s public comment period, which should trouble any attorney. Read more at Agri-Pulse…

US Drought Monitor and Summary, May 19, 2015


Nearly coast-to-coast storminess reduced drought’s footprint across the nation’s mid-section but triggered lowland flooding from the southeastern Plains and the western Gulf Coast region into the mid-South. By May 20, cumulative storage in Texas’ reservoirs climbed to 24.78 million acre-feet (78.5 percent of capacity)—the highest in more than 4 years. Only a month ago, Texas’ storage was 22.53 million acre-feet, or 71.4 percent of capacity. Six months ago, on November 20, 2014, storage stood at just 19.43 million acre-feet, 62 percent of capacity. Read more at droughtmonitor.unl.edu…

Texas Central Railway Informational meeting tonight in Navasota


TSCRA is hosting an informational meeting on the proposed Texas Central Railway (TCR). The purpose of this meeting is to provide information to TSCRA members, ranchers and landowners who may be impacted by the proposed railway. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at the  Grimes County Expo Center, 5220 F.M. 3455. Read more…

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

Farm Service Agency

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. 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…

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…