Pruitt sets timeline for WOTUS replacement

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator, Scott Pruitt, recently told Congress that he plans to publish a new water rule between the fourth quarter of this year and the first three months of 2018. The new regulation will establish which waters are regulated under the Clean Water Act (CWA). The EPA’s Waters of the United States (WOTUS), is strongly opposed by farmers and ranchers because WOTUS expanded EPA’s regulatory authority by giving it power over areas that are dry most of the year.

Cattle producers rely on innovative technology

More cattle producers now depend on their phones instead of computers to process and store information, especially younger producers. Ranchers can take advantage of rapidly developing technology, using their phones to become more efficient. Phone apps that allow them to compare the cost of feedstuffs, check heat and humidity, or make decisions on maintaining a herd bull or using artificial insemination are now available. Electronic ear tags that monitor feed and water consumption in the feedlot are other examples of useful technology.

South Dakota youth nonprofit to breed cattle

The South Dakota Farm Bureau recently donated five cow-calf pairs to the McCrossan Boys Ranch, which will soon be able to feed beef to some 65 boys from cattle they’ve bred and cared for themselves. The animals will be the basis of a cattle-breeding program at the 90-acre campus, well known for raising horses and an active 4-H program. Some of the cattle born will feed the boys, while others will be sold.

BREAKING NEWS

On June 22, 2017, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the suspension of all fresh beef imports from Brazil due to safety concerns of products intended for the U.S. market. Discontinuation of shipments will remain in place until the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture takes corrective action that the USDA finds satisfactory. USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has inspected 100 percent of all meat products arriving in the United States from Brazil since March. FSIS has rejected 11 percent of Brazilian fresh beef products. None of the rejected products entered the U.S. market.

Beef Checkoff celebrates National Beef Jerky Day

June 12 was Beef Jerky Day, promoted by the beef checkoff. To kick off Beef Jerky Day, participating state beef councils delivered beef jerky bouquets in custom made, “Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner”, vases to 115 television stations in the top 30 U.S. markets. This promotion reminded viewers that beef jerky is a popular low-fat, high-quality protein snack. To send a beef jerky bouquet to that special someone, check out sayitwithbeef.com.

Mississippi beef supports the state economy

The Mississippi State University (MSU) Extension Mississippi Master Cattle Program focuses on improving cattle producers’ management and decision-making skills. For every 100 participants in this program, there is a potential to increase total beef cattle production by an estimated $825,000. For every $1 million increase in the value of cattle production, the expected impact on the Mississippi economy exceeds $1.9 million, including employment and tax base. This equates to an annual economic impact of greater than $2.75 million.

Cattle Trails Conference set for August 1 in Lawton, Oklahoma

The Texas AgriLife Extension and the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service will host the annual Cattle Trails Conference in Lawton on August 1. Experts will discuss how to manage dual-purpose wheat and stocker cattle, stress management strategies in stockers and weaning calves, and the wheat and cattle market outlook. For more information, call 580-255-0546 or email marty.new@okstate.edu. To download the registration form, go to http://bit.ly/2rXoJvp.

Burned wire art aids wildfire victims

Intense heat from March wildfires in the Southern High Plains ruined miles of barbed wire. Artisans are now creating pieces of art from the damaged wire. Artwork includes crosses, hearts, flowers and other pieces that decorate walls, porches, yards and gardens. “Tumbleweed” wire lamp bases are another example of barbed wire art. The artists are donating proceeds from their work to various relief efforts for wildfire victims. For more information, go to the 2017 Wildfire Relief Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/groups/2017wildfirerelief/.

Hunt Limousin Ranch named BIF Seedstock Producer of Year

The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) recently presented the Hunt Limousin Ranch the BIF Seedstock Producer of the Year Award. This national award is given annually to a producer who is recognized for improving the beef industry at the seedstock level. The Charles Hunt Family operation began in Nebraska in the 1960’s. The Hunt Limousin Ranch goal is to conserve the land for future generations, keep current and knowledgeable on leading cattle issues, provide high-quality cattle for a fair price, and treat people with honesty and integrity.

NMSU agricultural leadership program begins 15-month training

A new class of the New Mexico Agricultural Leadership (NMAL) has started a 15-month training program. Founded in 2001 by the New Mexico Department of Agriculture, the program, sponsored by New Mexico State University, helps participants develop skills to become stronger and more effective leaders in their industries and communities. Participants learn about topics and issues relevant to New Mexico, as well as their leadership strengths and approaches. Participants are from private industry, including ranching, farming, finance, farm equipment and supply companies.