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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.

USDA to immediately assist producers for qualifying livestock,farm-raised fish program losses

published: April 20th 2018 source: USDA

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will issue $34 million to help agricultural producers recover from 2017 natural disasters through the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-raised Fish Program (ELAP), which covers losses not covered by certain other USDA disaster assistance programs....

Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Foundation Launch Fire Relief Fund

published: April 19th 2018 source: Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Foundation

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – A relief fund has been established by the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Foundation (OCF) to help Cattlemen who have been affected by on-going wildfires in Western Oklahoma....

Texas Beef Council debuts new logo

published: April 18th 2018 source: Texas Beef Council

      AUSTIN, TX – The Texas Beef Council (TBC) is proud to unveil a new logo designed to impact and connect with both consumer and beef producer audiences....

Brush Country Beef 706 program announced

published: April 17th 2018 source: Texas Beef Council

The Texas Beef Council (TBC) and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension are teaming up to present the Brush Country Beef 706 program. This three-part series of hands-on sessions focusing on beef quality management and marketing opportunities is available for all beef cattle producers....

Hill Country event to address land stewardship April 26-27 in Kerrville

published: April 16th 2018 by: Kay Ledbetter source: Texas AgriLife Today

KERRVILLE – Landowners may understand stocking rates and managing grass, but what about the latest on fence laws, wildlife tax valuations and hunting leases? The fifth annual Hill Country Land Stewardship Conference hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service April 26-27 in Kerrville offers a chance for landowners in the region to learn more about these and more topics, said Dr....

East Texas Wild Pig Seminar April 20 in Overton

published: April 13th 2018 by: Adam Russell source: Texas AgriLife Today

OVERTON – The East Texas Wild Pig Seminar on April 20 in Overton will offer expert information and recommendations to residents interested in addressing wild pigs on their property.  The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service educational event will be 8:30 a....

Path to the Plate event slated for April 14 in Robstown

published: April 10th 2018 by: Paul Schattenberg source: Texas AgriLife Today

ROBSTOWN – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in Nueces County will present a Dinner Tonight Path to the Plate event April 14 at the Rockin’ K Maze, 5385 County Road 52 in Robstown....

Registration open to for 50th Annual BIF Annual Meeting

published: April 6th 2018 source: Beef Improvement Federation

Registration is now open for the 2018 Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Annual Meeting and Research Symposium. This year’s event themed 50th Anniversary in the Rockies, will be June 20 to June 23 at the Embassy Suites Convention Center Hotel in Loveland, Colorado....

America’s Cattlemen and Women are "Unfortunate Causalities" in Any Trade War

published: April 5th 2018 source: National Cattlemens Beef Association

WASHINGTON (April 4, 2018) - Kent Bacus, Director of International Trade and Market Access for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, today issued the following statement regarding the announcement that China has included American-produced beef on a list of proposed retaliatory tariffs: “It is unsettling to see American-produced beef listed as a target for retaliation....

USMEF Statement on China’s Additional Duties on U.S. Pork

published: April 3rd 2018 source: USMEF

  Statement from U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) President and CEO Dan Halstrom: We regret the Chinese government’s decision to impose an additional 25 percent duty on imports of U....

Taste feeds growing demand for beef, says MU economist

published: March 30th 2018 source: University of Missouri Extension

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Livestock owners increasing their herds must grow demand for meat. Current herd size expands meat supplies and domestic meat consumption to record levels. With more supply, expect lower prices, University of Missouri economist Scott Brown told the Womack Agricultural Outlook Conference in Columbia....

East Texas Wild Pig Seminar April 20 in Overton

published: March 29th 2018 by: Adam Russell source: Texas AgriLife Today

OVERTON – The East Texas Wild Pig Seminar on April 20 in Overton will offer expert information and recommendations to residents interested in addressing wild pigs on their property.  This large rooted area in an East Texas Bermuda grass pasture is one type of damage done by wild pigs....

Ranchers raise concerns on high-speed rail project

published: March 28th 2018 source: Texas Southwestern Cattle Raisers

FORT WORTH, Texas — On behalf of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA), president Richard Thorpe  submitted formal comments to Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) officials raising a number of concerns and questions regarding a proposed Dallas to Houston High-Speed Rail project earlier this month....

NCBA Encouraged by "Positive Developments" in Omnibus Spending Bill

published: March 22nd 2018 source: National Cattlemens Beef Association

WASHINGTON (March 21, 2018) - Today Colin Woodall, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA), released the following statement: “The omnibus spending bill includes a number of positive developments for cattlemen and women, including language that would prevent 200,000 farms and ranches from being regulated like toxic waste sites, delay the implementation of electronic logging devices for livestock haulers for another six months, and provide a critical fix for wildfire funding that also provides expedited authority to implement much-needed vegetation management on federal lands....

AgriLife Extension sets Multi-County Wildlife Field Day April 5 in Doss

published: March 19th 2018 by: Steve Byrns

  DOSS – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct a Multi-County Wildlife Field Day April 5 at the Doss Community Center, 14174 Rural Road 783 N. in Doss....

USDA approves additional methods of determining carcass maturity for quality grading

published: March 16th 2018 source: TAMU Extension

Evaluation of maturity is part of USDA grading of beef for quality. Maturity in this application has been estimation of physiological age rather than actual chronological age. Indicators of physiological age are bone characteristics, ossification of cartilage, and color and texture of ribeye muscle....

New concepts for U.S. beef and pork dishes highlighted at Foodex Japan

published: March 15th 2018 source: USMEF

  Noting that booming meat demand among Japanese consumers continues to gain momentum, the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) seized the opportunity by introducing new and unique U.S. beef and pork dishes at Asia’s largest food trade show....

ELD Mandate delayed another 90 days for ag haulers

published: March 14th 2018 source: National Cattlemens Beef Association

WASHINGTON (March 13, 2018) - National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Kevin Kester today issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Department of Transportation's announcement that the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate will be delayed another 90 days for agricultural haulers: "This is obviously good news for America's cattle haulers and producers, and it will provide FMCSA (the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) more time to educate our livestock haulers on the ELDs while industry works on solutions to the current Hours of Service rules that simply do not work for those hauling live animals....

AgriLife expert: New farm bill may get pushed through this year

published: March 13th 2018 by: Kay Ledbetter

AMARILLO – Ask the man who has completed six farm bill cycles when a new bill will be pushed through and Dr. Joe Outlaw will tell you this year. Dr. Joe Outlaw, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist and co-director of the Agricultural and Food Policy Center at Texas A&M University in College Station, spoke at the High Plains Dairy Conference in Amarillo....

Beef quality continues to improve

published: March 12th 2018 source: Penn State University

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Following 25 years of measurement, management and continued improvement, the quality of beef is high, but there is still an opportunity to make it better, according to a beef cattle specialist with Penn State Extension....

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