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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

Private water well screening set for Oct. 15 in Orange

published: October 10th 2019 source: Texas AgriLife Today

The Texas Well Owner Network, or TWON, is hosting a water well screening Oct. 15 in Orange to give area residents whose water wells flooded from the recent rains the opportunity to have their well water screened....

USDA invests $152 million to improve broadband service in 14 states, including Texas

published: October 9th 2019 source: USDA


Things you need to know about wild pigs

published: October 7th 2019 source: Texas AgriLife Today

  Whether you refer to them as feral hogs or wild pigs, Sus scrofa is a species that is negatively impacting nearly every part of Texas.  Not only do wild pigs wreak havoc on pastures, fields and golf courses alike, they contaminate our water sources and destroy native species....

A conversation about recent findings regarding red meat consumption

published: October 4th 2019 by: Katherine Hancock source: Texas AgriLife Today

On Sept. 30 a series of systematic reviews that used a higher standard of evidence announced a recommendation that for most people, reducing red and processed meat consumption by three servings weekly would have little to no impact on their health....

Hill Country Cattlemen’s Conference set Oct. 16

published: October 1st 2019 source: Texas AgriLife Today

  SAN SABA — The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will be holding the Hill Country Cattlemen’s Conference on Oct. 16.  The multi-county event will begin at 9 a....

Hemp to highlight Nov. 5 conference in Wichita Falls

published: September 25th 2019 source: Texas AgriLife Today

  VERNON – A Rolling Plains Industrial Hemp Conference will be held Nov. 5 by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service at the Sikes Lake Center at Midwestern State University at Wichita Falls....

Water wells need to be tested after flood

published: September 24th 2019 by: Susan Himes source: Texas AgriLife Today

COLLEGE STATION — Private water well owners whose wells flooded during Tropical Depression Imelda should assume that their well water is contaminated until tested, said Diane Boellstorff, Ph.D., Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service water resource specialist....

Former Agriculture Secretaries Announce Support for USMCA

published: September 20th 2019 source: USDA

(Washington, D....

Western Ag Reporter Launches #FairCattleMarkets Campaign Set to start Sept. 23rd

published: September 19th 2019 source: Western Ag Reporter

(BILLINGS, MONTANA) – On behalf of cow-calf producers and independent cattle feeders nationwide, Western Ag Reporter is launching a Twitter campaign asking President Donald Trump for assistance in rebalancing the cattle markets....

Range management workshop set Oct. 2 in Menard

published: September 17th 2019 source: Texas AgriLife Today

MENARD — The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will offer a range management workshop Oct. 2 in partnership with the Soil and Water Conservation District, SWCD, of Menard County....

Trucking cattle considerations

published: September 13th 2019 by: Steve Boyles source: The Ohio State University Extension

Handle/transport all cattle in such a fashion to minimize stress, injury, and bruising. Use vehicles to transport cattle that provide for the safety of personnel and cattle during loading, transporting, and unloading....

USDA Resources Available for Farmers Hurt by 2018, 2019 Disasters

published: September 12th 2019 source: USDA


Central Texas hay production workshop set Oct. 17

published: September 11th 2019 source: Texas AgriLife Today

BURNET — The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will hold a Central Texas hay production workshop on Oct. 17 in Burnet.  The workshop will be at the AgriLife Extension office of Burnet County, 607 N....

Throughout the world, convenience stores are a rapidly growing venue for U.S. red meat

published: September 9th 2019 source: USMEF

The desire for work-life balance and pre-packaged meals requiring little or no kitchen time is leading consumers around the world to a surprising new destination for breakfast, lunch and dinner: the neighborhood convenience store....

Today’s youth train to become tomorrow’s beef cattle producers

published: September 6th 2019 by: Laura Muntean

COLLEGE STATION — The youth track for the 2019 Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course, held recently in College Station, gave real-world experience, hours of education and a beef quality assurance certification to 30 youth interested in expanding their beef cattle knowledge....

Sheepdog trials, archery contest and college fair join the SFT schedule in 2019

published: September 6th 2019 by: Lesli Sharp

Each year, The State Fair of Texas® (SFT) looks for new ways to educate and engage with the over two million fairgoers annually. With their mission built upon agriculture, education and community involvement, there are always new events, competitions and activities for the public to attend and participate in....

Rodeo is part of the State Fair of Texas

published: September 6th 2019 by: Martha Hollida Garrett

The State Fair of Texas® (SFT) hosted a United Professional Rodeo Asso-ciation Rodeo (UPRA) and a Youth Rodeo Aug. 30-Sept. 1, as part of the events leading up to the actual fair. This was the second year for rodeo to once again be part of the competitive contests and be a source of high energy entertainment....

Strong finish to first half for U.S. beef, pork exports

published: September 6th 2019

U.S. pork and beef exports were above year-ago levels in both volume and value in June, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). Led by a rebound in Mexico and China, pork export value was the highest in 14 months, while strong results in South Korea and Taiwan pushed beef export value to the fourth-highest total on record....

What livestock owners should know about Vesicular Stomatitis

published: September 6th 2019 by: Russ Daly

Because it’s not a common occurrence in most areas every year, reports of Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) in the media often raise questions among livestock owners. Here are answers to some of the more-common ones that may pop up: What does VS  do to animals? The main feature of VS in affected animals is the formation of blisters (vesicles) inside the mouth, on the tongue, the area where the mouth meets the lips, and sometimes on the teats of adult females....

AgriLife Extension offers ranchers, landowners wildfire preparation tips

published: September 6th 2019 by: Kay Ledbetter

AMARILLO – With the wildfire season really heating up, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is offering several fact sheets to help homeowners prepare for and mitigate wildfire damages....

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