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This section carries the latest in industry news from our cattle associations, government agencies, and other sources as it pertains to the cattle industry and livestock industry as a whole. If it is news that relates to the beef cow or ranches in Texas and other states, then you will find it at southernlivestock.com.

Presidential Executive Order on Promoting Agriculture and Rural Prosperity in America

published: April 27th 2017 source: White House

  EXECUTIVE ORDER – – – – – – – PROMOTING AGRICULTURE AND RURAL PROSPERITY IN AMERICA By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to ensure the informed exercise of regulatory authority that affects agriculture and rural communities, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1....

2017 Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course dates

published: April 26th 2017 source: Texas A&M University Extension

  The 2017 dates for the Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course will be August 7-9th. The highly respected TAM Beef Cattle Short Course is nationally and internationally recognized as the largest attended beef cattle educational program of its type in the world....

Bush Library Legacy of Ranching exhibit features Texas’ legendary ranches

published: April 24th 2017 by: Blair Fannin source: Texas Agrilife Today

COLLEGE STATION – The Legacy of Ranching, a comprehensive exhibit covering some of Texas’ most historic ranching operations and featuring a historical perspective of the Texas A&M University animal science department, is on display at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum through Jan....

TVMDL opens new lab in College Station

published: April 21st 2017 source: TVDML

On April 19, the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL) celebrated the grand opening of the new, 93,000 sq ft College Station laboratory and agency headquarters. In 1967, the Texas Legislature created TVMDL and for 50 years the agency has helped protect animal and human health through diagnostics by working hand in hand with veterinarians and animal owners to identify animal disease agents and collaborate on treatment and prevention techniques....

Texas Tech Receives Two Grants from USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture

published: April 20th 2017 source: Texas Tech

  The College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources at Texas Tech University has received two grants totaling more than $895,000 that will be used to create new academic and outreach programs dealing with global food security....

CattleFax Hosting Webinar On Beef Industry Outlook

published: April 17th 2017 source: CattleFax

An upcoming  CattleFax Trends+ Cow-Calf Webinar will address whether or not the lows have been established for the cattle industry, as well as provide an outlook for the cow-calf and entire beef industry for 2017....

TDA facilitated shipment of bulls to Thailand as part of international outreach effort

published: April 12th 2017 source: Texas Department of Agriculture

HOUSTON — On April 10th, one of the first air shipments of live cattle took off from Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport aboard an Air China cargo plane bound for Thailand. The five Brahman bulls, transported from nearby Houston ranches, will be used for breeding stock in the Asian market....

Texas Landowner Groups Back HB 3028 For Groundwater Ownership Rights

published: April 11th 2017 source: TSCRA

AUSTIN — The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association and Texas Farm Bureau announced their support of HB 3028 to provide regulatory certainty for groundwater ownership rights. The bill, authored by Representative DeWayne Burns (R-Cleburne), addresses the state’s water priorities while protecting private property rights guaranteed under the Texas Constitution....

Cattlemen applaud re-establishment of Congressional Beef Caucus

published: April 6th 2017 source: National Cattlemen’s Beef Association

  At a Capitol Hill news conference Wednesday, March 30th, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) applauded the re-establishment of the bipartisan Congressional Beef Caucus. The Beef Caucus will organize and educate members of Congress and their staff on policy issues that impact America’s cattle and beef producers....

EPA Administrator to Cattlemen: “You Care Deeply About Clean, Healthy Environment”

published: March 31st 2017 source: National Cattlemen’s Beef Association

WASHINGTON (March 30, 2017) – U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt addressed cattlemen and women at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association annual legislative conference today in Washington D....

Small changes are key to a successful action plan for improved health

published: March 29th 2017 by: Lydia Kaume source: University of Missouri Extension

  INDEPENDENCE, Mo. – Although there are reminders all around us of the national obesity crisis, lifestyle changes are difficult for most people. “For individuals not yet experiencing health problems, the incentive of better health and reduced morbidity in the future is not motivating enough,” said Lydia Kaume, a nutrition and health education specialist with University of Missouri Extension....

MBA Program Reaches 10,000 Grads

published: March 24th 2017 source: Beef Checkoff

    This month, the beef checkoff’s Masters of Beef Advocacy (MBA) program, reached 10,000 graduates! This group of beef and dairy producers – along with chefs, teachers, doctors, dietitians and others in the beef community – has stepped up and are leading the way in advocating for the industry and all of agriculture....

Study shows wildfire does not damage barbed wire

published: March 23rd 2017 by: Kay Ledbetter source: Texas Agrilife Today

AMARILLO – Don’t assume that a grass fire has damaged the barbed wire on a fence. That’s the message of one Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist in Amarillo to ranchers who saw wildfire rip through their fenced grassland beginning March 6....

NCBA President Testifies on Cattlemen’s Priorities for 2018 Farm Bill

published: March 22nd 2017 source: National Cattlemen’s Beef Association

In testimony on Capitol Hill March 21, Craig Uden, a fourth-generation cattle producer from Nebraska and the president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, called on Congress to authorize $150 million a year over five years for a “stronger and more adequate foot-and-mouth disease (FMB) vaccine bank” as part of the 2018 Farm Bill....

National coalition launches pilot research project to improve sustainability in US beef industry

published: March 16th 2017 source: Noble Foundation

ARDMORE, Okla. — Environmental, social and economic sustainability is a long-held objective of the United States beef industry and the focus of a new, national research project.  McDonalds USA, Tyson Foods,  The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Beef Marketing Group (BMG) and Golden State Foods announced the two-year pilot research project that will seek methods to improve sustainability across the entire beef value chain, test metrics established by the U....

Annual Report Recaps State and National Beef Checkoff Programs

published: March 15th 2017 source: Texas Beef Checkoff

AUSTIN, TX – The Texas Beef Council (TBC) recently published the 2016 annual report highlighting key state and national programs in the areas of promotion, research and education.  Included in the annual report is an overview of revenues and expenditures for fiscal year 2016....

Cattle numbers increase

published: March 14th 2017 source: USDA

The National Agricultural Statistical Service of USDA has reported national cattle numbers as of January 1, 2017. Total cattle, at 93.6 million head, were up 2% from one year ago. There were 40.6 million cows and heifers that have calved, up 3%....

Texas Panhandle Wildfires Information & Resources

published: March 13th 2017 source: Texas Animal Health Commission

      Wildfires swept across eight Texas Panhandle counties on March 6-7, 2017 and continue to burn, leaving behind charred land and affecting animals and people....

Fire relief resources

published: March 10th 2017 source: National Cattlemen’s Beef Association

  NCBA is sending prayers to all of the folks and livestock currently facing devastating fires in Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas. To help with the fire relief efforts, please see below: Texas Three supply points have been established to collect donated hay....

Cattlemen Applaud President for Ordering Reconsideration of “Extremely Flawed” WOTUS Rule

published: March 7th 2017 source: National Cattlemen’s Beef Association

Craig Uden, president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) released the following statement in response to President Trump’s executive action ordering the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers to reconsider their controversial Waters of the United States rule: “This extremely flawed rule would force ranchers and feedlot operators to get permits or risk excessive federal penalties despite being miles away from any navigable water....

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