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Texas Tales

published: February 27th 2017

Christmas in Texas back during what came to be called “the panic of ‘06" was a bit more austere than the holidays have been of late. My late granddad L.A. Wilke, told me about a decidedly Dickinson-esque Christmas Eve he experienced as a boy in 1906....

Just Your Standard Bull

published: February 17th 2017 by: Michael Sturgess

This month’s column is entitled “The patience to see it through.” Its applications are numerous, so hang with me through the end—patience, patience…. This topic has really been on my mind these days because I have been knee deep in the insurmountable heap of paperwork I use to mate cows at the ranch....

Texas Tales

published: February 17th 2017 source: Mike Cox

Back in the early 1920s, a dead squirrel was as negotiable as coins or paper money in the Big Thicket. And given his prowess with a rifle, Sim Collins knew he'd never go hungry. Sure, the law might catch up with him some day, but if he had his Winchester with him, he didn't figure on going to jail....

D.C. News...

published: February 17th 2017

Landowner wins case against Army Corps WASHINGTON (Jan. 27, 2017) – Earlier this week, landowners scored a victory when a federal district court ruled against the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) for incorrectly claiming jurisdiction over private property....

Executive Director’s Report...

published: February 17th 2017 by: Bill Hyman source: ICA of Texas

The fever tick battle in South Texas continues. Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) personnel, along with United States Department of Agriculture staff, are working non-stop to identify and contain the dreaded tick in the Live Oak county area....

Chapter Happenings Around The Lone Star State

published: February 17th 2017 source: ICA of Texas

East Texas ICA The East Texas ICA Chapter counties include: Anderson, Angelina, Bra-zos, Cherokee, Freestone, Henderson, Houston, Le-on, Limestone, Madi-son, Panola, Robertson, Rusk, Shelby, Trinity, and Walker....

President’s Address

published: February 17th 2017 by: Brian Malaer source: ICA of Texas

Last week our family spent several days at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. We were in the steer barn along with several thousand other contestants and families all hoping to win the grand champion ribbon....

Texas Crop, Weather...

published: February 17th 2017

Field preparations for spring planting ongoing in southern regions of Texas CORPUS CHRISTI — Dr. Carlos Fernandez, Texas A&M AgriLife Research agronomist, Corpus Christi, said cropland preparations in the area are on target and fields look good amid favorable conditions....

The Texas Side Of Things...

published: January 27th 2017 by: Jim Banner

You can always tell when the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo is just around the corner because everyone in our office starts moving just a little bit faster. But that’s okay, because we all look forward to this annual event and this year is no different because it’s a great time to renew friendships and see some great cattle....

Texas Tales

published: January 27th 2017 by: Mike Cox

On April 30, 1598, members of Juan de Onate’s expedition had every right to be thankful. For 50 days, Onate's 500-person entrada had endured the Chihuahuan Desert. It rained almost constantly during the first seven days of their trek north from Mexico....

D.C. News...

published: January 27th 2017

Cattlemen support nomination of Gov. Perdue to lead U.S. Department of Agriculture  WASHINGTON--Tracy Brunner, president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, released the following statement in support of President Trump’s nomination of former Gov....

Weighing The Market

published: January 27th 2017 by: Wes and Sharla Ishmael

Cattle prices continue higher Cattle feeders’ aggressiveness in marketing fed cattle is paying dividends to them and those supplying them. First, feedlots appear to be more current than they’ve been in more than a year, which provides increasing market leverage....

Just Your Standard Bull

published: January 13th 2017 by: Michael Sturgess

Happy New Year everybody. I trust you all enjoyed some well-deserved time off with friends and family over the holiday season. And I further hope the only thing strange you encountered was the weird weather....

Texas Tales

published: January 13th 2017 by: Mike Cox

Texans still enjoy hunting deer and turkey in the fall and winter, especially around the holidays, but when it comes to harvesting game, that’s about the only similarity between today and yesterday....

D.C. News...

published: January 13th 2017

Stage set for New Farm Bill, crop insurance a top priority Iowa Republican Sena-tor Chuck Grassley says his top Farm Bill priority in the 115th Congress is to preserve a vigorous crop insurance program, noting there is no safety net more valuable to farmers and taxpayers....

The Texas Side Of Things...

published: December 16th 2016 by: Jim Banner

As we approach Christ-mas and the New Year festivities, I’m always amazed at the last-minute panic that many of us endure each year. I think we actually get pulled into Christmas chaos due to the commercials on TV en-couraging us to “rush out and buy right away”, “hurry, don’t wait” and “this good deal won’t last forever and will be gone before you know it”! Let’s face it, Black Friday has become the starting date for the “Christmas Chaos Season” when normal people become crazy and irrational....

Texas Tales

published: December 16th 2016 by: Mike Cox

His final term nearly complete, the governor spoke in Rockdale, reflecting on his accomplishments and on his state of mind. The first native-born Texas governor, James Stephen Hogg had moved from typesetting to newspaper editing to practicing law....

D.C. News...

published: December 16th 2016

USDA Invests $33 Million to Improve Water Quality in High-Priority Watersheds WASHINGTON, Dec- ember 6, 2016 - Agriculture Secre-tary Tom Vilsack today announced an investment of more than $33 million in 197 high-priority watersheds across the country to help landowners improve water quality through the Natural Re-source Conser-vation Ser-vice's (NRCS) National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI)....

Weighing The Market

published: December 16th 2016 by: Wes and Sharla Ishmael

Cattle markets boost year-end optimism Higher calf and feeder cattle prices finally nudged open the marketing gate with the heaviest auction receipts of the fall showing up in late November. Despite a break in the nascent rally the first full week of December, expectations are for seasonal price support through the rest of the winter....

The Texas Side Of Things...

published: November 18th 2016 by: Jim Banner

It would be easy for me to write about the recent election from this past week but just like the rest of you, quite frankly, I’m sick of hearing about it, so I won’t! I’m almost certain that everyone who has an opinion one way or another has had more than enough time to express it, so let’s get our hearts and minds cleared and go on down the road of life....

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