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E-Trails, November 6, 2015

Senate Passes Resolution to Withdraw WOTUS Rule

WASHINGTON (Nov. 4, 2015) – The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Public Lands Council appreciate the bi-partisan show of support in the Senate today against the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers’ “waters of the United States” rule. NCBA President, Philip Ellis said the joint resolution passed today by the Senate (53-44) could finally put this burdensome regulation to rest.

“America’s cattlemen and women are drowning in federal regulation that adds burdens, costs and uncertainty to our businesses,” said Ellis “The WOTUS regulation is the greatest overreach yet. If allowed to take effect, it would give EPA jurisdiction over millions of acres of state and private property. Without action by Congress and the President to withdraw this rule; producers, stakeholders and states will be forced to continue litigation, adding millions of dollars in expenses and years in delay.”

The joint resolution passed by the Senate was brought by Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) under the Congressional Review Act. This resolution would order the EPA and Corps to withdraw the WOTUS rule and would prevent the agencies from further similar rulemaking. The joint resolution must now be passed by the House and signed by the President.


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Texas Longhorn Trails Magazine

Click on the magazine cover to read the November issue of Trails magazine. It's full of great articles including the latest sale results, Christmas gift ideas, and much more!

The December issue of Trails will be coming to your mailbox later this month loaded with Horn Showcase results and coverage, as well as the 2016 TLBAA calendar and the Eddie Wood Cowtown Sale catalog!


 The TLBAA  Official Handbook of  Association Rules and Regulations recognizes 3 types of branding:  fire, freeze and acid.  All animals must be branded with the ranch/holding brand and the Private herd number prior to registration.  Ear tags, while used by most breeders, are not allowed by the Association in place of branding the animal with the ranch/holding brand and private herd number.  Brands should be registered in accordance with the member's local and state laws.  Please contact Rick or Dana with any registration or transfer questions. 

Industry News

Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden Announces New USDA Commitments to Help Build Up Next Generation of Farmers and Ranchers

LOUISVILLE, —Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden announced a commitment by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to prioritize $5.6 billion over the next two years within USDA programs and services that serve new and beginning farmers and ranchers. Deputy Secretary Harden also announced a new, tailored web tool designed to connect burgeoning farm entrepreneurs with programs and resources available to help them get started.

"Today's announcement is symbolic of the evolution of USDA's efforts to better serve the next generation of farmers and ranchers. What began seven years ago with the recognition that the rapid aging of the American farmer was an emerging challenge, has transformed into a robust, transparent, tech-based strategy to recruit the farmers of the future," said Harden. "No matter where you're from, no matter what you look like, no matter your background, we want USDA to be the first stop for anyone who is looking to be a part of the story and legacy of American agriculture."

The new web tool is available at The site was designed based on feedback from new and beginning farmers and ranchers around the country, who cited unfamiliarity with programs and resources as a challenge to starting and expanding their operations. Read more...

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Cow Calf Corner

Glenn Selk covers the importance of maintaining body condition scores in cattle leading into the next breeding season.
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