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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

USDA extends application deadline for revenue loss programs to July 14

published: June 6th 2023 source: USDA

WASHINGTON, May 26, 2023 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is extending the deadline for the Emergency Relief Program (ERP) Phase Two and Pandemic Assistance Revenue Program (PARP) to July 14, 2023, to give producers more time to apply for assistance....

Antibiotic stewardship-what to do now to prepare for changes ahead

published: June 5th 2023 by: Dr. Michele Arnold source: University of Kentucky

On June 11th, 2021, The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized a Guidance for Industry (GFI) #263, which outlines the process for animal drug manufacturers to change all remaining antibiotic formulations used in animal health care from over the counter (OTC) to prescription status....

Stocker cattle, beef quality assurance certification program is June 21 in West

published: June 2nd 2023 by: Susan Himes source: Texas AgriLife Today

The 13th annual Central Texas Stocker Cattle Program, presented by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in McLennan County along with multiple county AgriLife Extension committees, will be held June 21....

When barge traffic slows, soybean basis suffers

published: May 30th 2023 by: Ryan McGeeney source: University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture

LITTLE ROCK — River high, river low — for growers looking to sell grain at cash market prices, halted barge traffic on the Mississippi River is bad news, whatever the cause. Whether the river is in an active flood stage or suffering a regional drought, as occurred in late 2022, the difference between the cash price and the futures price for a given crop tends to suffer....

Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course registration is open

published: May 26th 2023 by: Kay Ledbetter source: Southern Livestock Standard

The 69th annual Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course, the largest event of its kind in the nation, dates are set for Aug. 7-9 and registration is open. More than 1,900 cattle producers are expected to come to the Texas A&M University campus....

Fertilizer Recommendation Support Tool development gets boost in USDA funding

published: May 26th 2023 by: John Lovett source: Southern Livestock Standard

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Efficient and profitable farming depends on accurate soil testing, but fertilizer recommendations for the same batch of soil differ across the nation. A coordinated effort from researchers across the United States seeks to solve that problem....

Egg prices plummet

published: May 24th 2023 by: Adam Russell source: Texas AgriLife Today

Egg prices appear to be taking a supply and demand market-driven tumble, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert Producers continue to rebuild the table egg-laying flock that was hit hard by the avian flu outbreak beginning in February 2022....

Bee-vival? Is Texas’ bee population rebounding?

published: May 23rd 2023 by: Paul Schattenberg source: Texas AgriLife Today

While Texas bee populations have declined due to drought and other harsh weather conditions over recent years, they seem to be in good shape for a late spring and early summer recovery, said Texas A&M AgriLife entomologists....

Algal blooms and management topic of June 1 webinar

published: May 22nd 2023 by: Susan Himes source: Texas AgriLife Today

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will present the webinar “Algal Blooms and Management” on June 1 from noon to 1 p.m.  The webinar will discuss all things algae and cyanobacteria....

STX Beef buys Missouri Prime Beef Packers

published: May 18th 2023 source: STX Beef

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — STX Beef Company, LLC (STX) announced on May 17th the purchase of Missouri Prime Beef Packers. STX and will take over operatorship immediately. Missouri Prime Beef Packers is located approximately 20 miles north of Springfield in Pleasant Hope, Missouri....

Lone Star Ag Credit and Ag New Mexico Farm Credit announce unanimous passed resolution to merge

published: May 17th 2023 by: Julie Porter source: Lone Star Ag Credit

Fort Worth, Tex. (May 16, 2023) Lone Star Ag Credit and Ag New Mexico are pleased to announce both Boards unanimously passed a Resolution on May 11, 2023, approving the terms and conditions of a proposed merger of the two Associations....

Craig Huffhines selected as director of Texas A&M Institute for Equine Sciences

published: May 15th 2023 by: Gabe Saldana source: Texas AgriLife Today

  Craig Huffhines  has been selected as director of the recently established Texas A&M Institute for Equine Sciences. Huffhines returns to his alma mater in Bryan-College Station with a skillset spanning more than 30 years in equine-related academics and executive leadership....

After 50 years, Texas A&M animal science legend says farewell Jim Sanders: teacher, researcher, livestock judge

published: May 12th 2023 by: Kay Ledbetter source: Southern Livestock Standard

Jim Sanders ’74 ‘77, Ph.D., senior professor of animal breeding and genetics, may be retiring, but he will continue to make waves in the livestock industry for many more years to come for two reasons – his love for his students and their respect for him....

Local Meat Capacity Grants available through USDA

published: May 12th 2023 source: Kansas Livestock Association

USDA has announced the availability of up to $75 million through the Local Meat Capacity Grant program, which is designed to build resilience in the meat supply chain by providing producers with more local processing options and strengthening their market potential....

Results of statewide landowner survey published

published: May 11th 2023 by: Sarah Fuller, Texas AgriLife Today source: Southern Livestock Standard

    The stewards of Texas’ working lands have spoken. The Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute, a unit of Texas A&M AgriLife Research, recently published the results of the 2022 Texas Landowner Survey, providing natural resource and conservation agencies, as well as policy makers with critical insight into the demographics, needs, challenges and preferences of landowners who operate private working lands across the state....

O.D. Butler Field Day set for May 19 in Franklin

published: May 8th 2023 by: Kay Ledbetter source: Texas AgriLife Today

The annual O.D. Butler Field Day is scheduled for May 19 at the Camp Cooley Division of Circle X Ranch, 4297 Camp Cooley Ranch Road, Franklin. High input costs will be discussed, along with several featured tour stops and vendor presentations....

Can Arkansas rice make non-alcoholic beer better

published: May 4th 2023 by: John Lovett source: University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The growing demand for non-alcoholic beer has spurred new research using Arkansas-grown aromatic rice to expand flavor profiles of non-alcoholic beer, a category that has grown beyond “near beer” in recent years....

Colorado passes first right-to-repair law; others could follow

published: May 3rd 2023 by: Mary Hightower source: University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.  — Colorado’s first-in-the-nation law allowing farmers to repair their own equipment could be “the first chink in the armor” that has allowed only manufacturers to complete some repairs, said Rusty Rumley, senior staff attorney for the National Agricultural Law Center....

Ranch-Raised Beef Conference on June 1-2 in College Station to address growing demand

published: May 2nd 2023 by: Kay Ledbetter source: Texas AgriLife Today

A Ranch-Raised Beef Conference will be hosted on June 1-2 in College Station by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Department of Animal Science....

Progress announced on avian flu

published: April 28th 2023 source: USDA

As producers prepare for the peak highly pathogenic avian influenza season in the spring and summer months, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that they’re testing a number of potential vaccines....

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