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Missouri lawmakers passed a bill on May 17 enacting labeling requirements to clarify if “meat” products are sourced from animals or not. 

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Who are public land ranchers? We often know them as those who graze their cattle on public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS). But do we know the characteristics that define public land ranchers and do we know how diverse they really are?

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As expected, drought conditions continued to expand last week after rains two weeks ago resulted in a brief halt to worsening drought in Oklahoma. The latest Drought Monitor indicates that 34.8 percent of Oklahoma is in D3 (extreme) and D4 (exceptional) drought, including 10.7 million acres of D4 conditions in western Oklahoma and the panhandle.

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This year has already started out with a blaze as Oklahoma yet again battles flames and other fires crop up across the country.

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The latest Drought Monitor shows rapid expansion of the exceptional drought (D4) area to include about 38 million acres with another 126 million acres of D3 (extreme drought) conditions. Parts of the drought region received some rain in the past 10 days – enough to slow expansion of drought conditions, but not enough to reduce drought without additional moisture.

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The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) recently announced that current Executive Vice President and CEO Eldon White will be retiring, effective Sept. 1, 2018. He will continue on as executive vice president emeritus until officially retiring on Dec. 31, 2018, “to aid in a smooth transition.”

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