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The Texas side of things-September 2022

published: September 16th 2022 by: Jim Banner

Did you know we ranchers have short memories? Did you also notice I said, “we?” Recently, I spoke to a group of cattlemen in Brenham, Texas about PRF insurance and I asked them when their last major drought occurred....

DC News-Sept 16

published: September 16th 2022 source: USDA

USDA announces September 2022 lending rates for agricultural producers        WASHINGTON, Sept. 1, 2022 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced loan interest rates for September 2022, which are effective Sept....

Texas Trails-Sept. 2022

published: September 16th 2022 by: Clay Coppedge source: Southern Livestock Standard

The little axe that could Hardware salesman Henry Weiss was returning to Kerrville from a business trip in the country in 1927 when he spied a hatchet, minus its handle, abandoned by the side of the road....

Texas Trails-Sept 2, 2022

published: September 2nd 2022 by: Clay Coppedge

One otherwise unremarkable evening in 1892 a group of rowdy and possibly intoxicated young men tried to board a Missouri, Kansas and Pacific train in Troy without tickets. A bouncer came along and tossed them off the train, pleasing the delinquents not at all....

ICA News for September 2022

published: September 2nd 2022 source: Independent Cattlemen’s Association

President’s report   Greetings,   Hopefully, you all have received some (or more) moisture in the past few days than we’ve seen in the last few months. Finally! I can’t wait for the grass to green up even though it may not be enough to get all the hay that we’ll need for the winter, it’s still better than it was....

Texas Side of Things-Aug. 19, 2022

published: August 19th 2022 by: Jim Banner

When I was a little boy, we owned Angora goats that needed to be sheared yearly.  It was my job to jump into the hair sacks and tromp down the hair that the shearers were depositing into them.  In my opinion, it was a great time....

Weighing the market-Aug. 19th

published: August 19th 2022 by: Wes Ishmael

Finally, cattle markets appeared to be at or just beyond the threshold to significantly higher prices.   Between July 20 and Aug. 11, the CME Feeder Cattle Price Index — reflecting cash prices —increased $7....

Standard Bull-August 2022

published: August 5th 2022 by: Michael Sturgess

In case you haven’t heard, the Farm Service Agency (FSA) has extended the deadline to apply for the Emergency Relief Program (ERP), indefinitely. This extension allows for producers to sign and return the pre-filled application for Phase 1 of the ERP....

ICA News for August 2022

published: August 5th 2022 source: Independent Cattlemen’s Association

  Executive VP Report I pray by the time these words are published some of you have received a little moisture in your country. Resiliency has always been a requirement of the independent producer and seems to be now more than ever....

DC -News Beef bills advance through Senate Ag Committee

published: July 22nd 2022 by: Jennifer Archibald source: Tester Senate Office

ST. ONGE, S.D. - After nearly two years of political wrangling, a pair of bills that have been in "beef brawl" negotiations, aimed at reducing consolidated power in the cattle market was passed by the Senate Ag Committee Wednesday, June 22, 2022, marking a milestone in a long-running battle in the livestock industry with the "Big Four" meatpackers....

Weighing the market-July 2022

published: July 22nd 2022 by: Wes Ishmael

Cash feeder cattle prices continue strengthening seasonally, with added support from fewer available cattle as the year progresses. The CME Feeder Cattle Index was $172.62/cwt. on July 14. That was the highest level since December of 2015 and $12....

The Texas side of things-July 2022

published: July 22nd 2022 by: Jim Banner

I must admit, it’s kind of difficult right now to think of something positive to write about when the temperature is above 100 degrees every day, but I’m going to try. Have you stopped to think we are only five months away from Christmas? Cooler weather, shorter days and football season…we have almost made it through the driest, hottest summer I can remember since 2011....

DC News-USDA announces additional flexibilities to help address threats to global food security

published: July 8th 2022 source: USDA

·         WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture will allow Conservation Reserve Program participants who are in the final year of their CRP contract to request voluntary termination of their CRP contract following the end of the primary nesting season for fiscal year 2022....

Not your standard bull

published: July 8th 2022 by: Michael Sturgess

There is a video clip taken on June 16, 2022, of Justice Sonia Sotomayor commenting to an audience about Justice Clarence Thomas. If you haven’t listened to it, I encourage you to do so. The clip begins with Sotomayor saying that she has probably disagreed with him more than any other Justice....

ICA News for July 2022

published: July 8th 2022 source: Independent Cattlemen’s Association

President Brad Cotton's Report               Howdy friends,                         I hope all of you are doing well....

USDA announces livestock producers in more than 200 Texas counties are eligible for drought/wildfire recovery assistance

published: June 10th 2022 source: USDA

COLLEGE STATION, Texas, June 2, 2022 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) is now accepting applications for the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) to provide financial assistance to eligible livestock producers for 2022 grazing losses due to a qualifying drought or wildfire....

Price corner nearing

published: June 10th 2022 by: Wes Ishmael

The long awaited, often delayed transition toward higher cattle prices finally showed signs of life through the first week of June, although there is a pile of fed cattle to work through this summer.   “The futures market has begun to regain some optimism for feeder cattle heading through the summer, as it should,” according to Andrew P....

The Texas side of things-June

published: June 10th 2022 by: Jim Banner

Two very important things in my life will be happening this Friday, June 10th. By the time you read this read this column, I will be married to a wonderful person by the name of Vicki Moore. Hopefully, you have had the chance to meet her at one of the sales I’ve attended over the past three years, but if you haven’t, I’m sure you will....

Just Your Standard Bull...

published: May 27th 2022 by: Michael Sturgess

If you know me or have read prior columns, then you know that I am a publisher, not a journalist. In this column you will find opinion. This is not an article with cited sources. Although common decency would dictate to most of us to at least try to not cast stones without citing or referencing one’s source or sources of information....

Texas Trails

published: May 27th 2022 by: Clay Coppedge

Rock boy grows up     Geologist Robert T. Hill was never one to let the grass grow under his feet. He looked at the ground where he stood more closely and with deeper curiosity and insight than any Texan before him, informing and inspiring many who followed his footsteps across Texas and beyond....

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