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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

Fair ag trade matters to rural America

published: August 14th 2018 by: Zippy Duvall source: American Farm Bureau

August recess is here, and Capitol Hill will soon be deserted as representatives and senators flock back home for the rest of this summer. The end-of-summer recess has historically been an important time for representatives and senators to meet with constituents and hear about the impact of policies and decisions coming out of Washington....

Producers Must File by August 17, One-Year Extension Available to Holders of Many Expiring Contracts

published: August 13th 2018 source: USDA

WASHINGTON, Aug. 7, 2018 – Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Richard Fordyce reminded producers today that the deadline to sign up for enrollment in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is Friday, Aug....

Schwertner receives Texas A&M AgriLife Distinguished Texan in Agriculture Award

published: August 8th 2018 by: Blair Fannin source: Texas AgriLife Today

  COLLEGE STATION – Jim Schwertner has received the Texas A&M AgriLife Distinguished Texan in Agriculture Award.       Schwertner received the honor at the 64th Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course at Texas A&M University in College Station....

Relationship builder: Texas A&M AgriLife’s Larry Boleman reflects on 54 years in beef education, outreach

published: August 7th 2018 by: Blair Fannin source: Texas AgriLife Today

COLLEGE STATION – From his time as a student to time in the administrative offices, Dr. Larry Boleman has spent 54 years with Texas A&M University.  As hundreds gathered Monday for a retirement reception at Kyle Field’s Lettermen’s Club honoring Boleman, Texas A&M AgriLife’s associate vice chancellor, there were all walks of life in the room – Texas cattle producers, beef industry representatives, agriculture teachers, Extension agents and specialists, university and A&M System officials – each representing a special time throughout his lengthy career....

Steps to mitigate financial risks in agriculture

published: August 6th 2018 source: Arizona Farm Bureau

Recently, the following questions were posed to some of our more seasoned staff at Farm Credit (1) If you could identify a significant risk to a producer being successful and preserving their agricultural investment for the next generation what would it be? (2) What measures did these producers take to mitigate these risks? The answers were varied but fell into one of three categories:  Financial Condition, Risk Management, and Planning for the Future....

Miller says meeting coming next week about cattle pesticide spray boxes

published: August 3rd 2018 source: Texas Department of Agriculture

  (AUSTIN)  Today, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller called on federal and state agencies to meet as soon as possible to address rancher’s complaints about pesticide spray boxes in South Texas used to combat Cattle Fever Ticks....

Winter pasture, stockpiled forage workshop to cover options amid drought

published: July 30th 2018 by: Adam Russell source: Texas AgriLife Today

  OVERTON – Beef cattle producers can learn about different winter pasture and stockpiled forage options to help reduce winter feeding during a workshop hosted by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Aug....

Sam Kane to repay nearly $38 million to South Texas ranchers

published: July 27th 2018 source: Texas Southwestern Cattle Raisers

  Sam Kane Beef Processors LLC has entered into an agreement with the United States to comply with the Packers and Stockyards (P&S) Act and to begin to repay nearly $38 million currently owed to local livestock sellers, announced U....

5th Annual Sheep and Goat Field Day, Texas Sheep and Goat Expo set for Aug. 17-18

published: July 26th 2018 by: Steve Byrns source: Texas AgriLife Today

  SAN ANGELO – The Texas A&M AgriLife agencies are putting the finishing touches on two major sheep and goat programs in San Angelo, both tailored to all segments of the production side of the industry, organizers said....

Worker Protection Standard Affecting Ag Operations

published: July 25th 2018 by: Emily Haskew source: University of Tennessee Extension

The purpose of the Worker Production Standard (WPS) is to minimize the risk of pesticide poisoning and injury among agricultural workers and/or handlers. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) revised the WPS in 2015 to include additional protection for agricultural workers, handlers, and their families....

USDA Assists Farmers Impacted by Unjustified Retaliation

published: July 24th 2018 source: USDA

(Washington, D.C., July 24, 2018) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will take several actions to assist farmers in response to trade damage from unjustified retaliation....

Youth Beef Cattle Short Course program Includes tour of vet school

published: July 23rd 2018 source: Texas AgriLife Today

COLLEGE STATION – A tour of the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences will be part of an in-depth youth track component of the Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course Aug....

Texas A&M releases new Ace cowpea

published: July 18th 2018 by: Adam Russell source: Texas AgriLife Today

OVERTON – A new forage cowpea variety – Ace – blends a number of desirable characteristics into into a well-rounded option for livestock, wildlife and improved soil health, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research expert....

Japan opening sheep and goat exports

published: July 16th 2018 source: USDA

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue is announcing that the government of Japan has finalized technical requirements that will allow U.S. sheep and goat exports into the country for the first time in more than 14 years....

AgriLife Extension, USDA expand veteran loan assistance for starting agribusinesses

published: July 13th 2018 by: Gabe Saldana source: Texas AgriLife Today

DALLAS — The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue have announced expansion of loan opportunities through an ongoing initiative to help military veterans start their own agricultural businesses....

The risks of sunrise to sunset work

published: July 13th 2018 by: Caitlin Richards source: Southern Livestock Special Edition

The risks of sunrise to sunset work By Caitlin Richards   The majority of a day’s work for a producer takes place outside, taking care of things other than themselves. From sunrise to sunset, producers are outside checking cattle, evaluating pastures, working on fences or pens and tending to the needs of their cattle....

Cattle Trails Wheat and Stocker Cattle Conference set July 31 in Lawton

published: July 11th 2018 by: Kay Ledbetter

LAWTON, Oklahoma – Parts of Texas and Oklahoma are suffering under drought conditions, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agronomist. Producers looking for management practices to help mitigate the potential for loss under these conditions can attend the Cattle Trails Wheat and Stocker Cattle Conference on July 31 in Lawton, Oklahoma....

USDA designates three counties in Texas as primary natural disaster areas

published: July 11th 2018 source: USDA

WASHINGTON, July 9, 2018 — Agricultural producers in Reagan, Sterling, and Terrell counties in Texas, who suffered losses and damages caused by a recent drought, are eligible to apply for Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans....

NCBA on Supreme Court Pick Kavanaugh: "Opportunity to Solidify" Court, "Clears Path for Narrower WOTUS Definition"

published: July 10th 2018 source: National Cattlemens Beef Association

WASHINGTON (July 9, 2018) - National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Chief Environmental Counsel Scott Yager tonight released the following statement in response to President Trump's nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U....

AgriLife Extension’s Kimble County 4-H team named national wool judging champions

published: July 9th 2018 by: Steve Byrns source: Texas AgriLife Today

  SONORA – The Kimble County 4-H senior wool judging team took top honors at the 58th National 4-H Wool Judging Contest in Sonora recently. The contest and a similar competition, the 18th Annual FFA Wool Judging Contest, highlighted the 81st annual Sonora Wool and Mohair Show June 19-21....

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