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Subcommittee examines livestock producer perspectives on next farm bill

Rep. David Rouzer, chairman of the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture, held a hearing Tuesday to gather perspectives from key members of the livestock community as part of the committee’s hearing series on the next farm bill. Members of the committee heard from representatives of four major livestock producer groups who discussed the issues facing their respective industries as well as their priorities for the upcoming farm bill. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Craig Uden, of Nebraska, touched on priorities like the need for Congress to authorize $150M for a foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) vaccine bank, regulatory relief, and supporting international beef trade topping the agenda for the beef cattle industry. Read more…

General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Mar 22, 2017

Coalition of property rights advocates applaud latest eminent domain legislation

The Texans for Property Rights Coalition applauds the filing of HB 2684 aimed at eminent domain reform. Authored by state Representative DeWayne Burns, the legislation will help level the playing field for property owners who confront corporations and government entities with deep pockets and skilled legal teams. Reps. Trent Ashby, R-Lufkin, Kyle Kacal, R-Bryan, and Justin Holland, R-Rockwall, will also carry legislation offering significant improvements to current eminent domain laws. General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Mar 03, 2017

Cattle Raisers commend President Trump’s order on EPS overreach

TSCRA President Richard Thorpe issued a statement Tuesday in response to President Donald Trump’s executive order that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers reevaluate the waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. “The WOTUS rule is a misguided attempt to control water on our ranches and private lands by imposing overly burdensome regulations and harsh penalties on landowners. It would destroy the livelihoods of Texas ranchers by regulating them out of business, and threaten our ability to provide America with a safe and affordable food supply. I commend President Trump for recognizing the peril of such a rule and taking action to control federal overreach.” The chairmen of both the House and Senate’s agriculture committees also issued statements applauding the action. Read more…

General Discussion, General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Mar 01, 2017

TSCRA leader testifies before Texas Senate committee  in Austin about veterinarian shortage

TSCRA Director Coleman Locke, of Hungerford, testified Monday before the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Water and Rural Affairs in Austin. In his testimony, on behalf of TSCRA, he addressed a current shortage of large animal veterinarians to serve rural Texas. He conveyed a number of facts, including that Texas is tied for last in the country in the number of animals per veterinarian, and the situation is likely to worsen, because 46 percent of rural veterinarians are over the age of 60. Locke closed by strongly asserting the need for state legislature and Texas public universities to make a priority of addressing this growing shortage of food animal veterinary practitioners. Read more…

General Discussion, General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Feb 27, 2017

Water issues in the courts could impact all landowners 

Ongoing water legal battles around the state and nation could set precedents that affect all landowners, so they bear watching, according to Tiffany Dowell Lashmet, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agricultural law specialist in Amarillo. Dowell Lashmet, speaking at the recent High Plains Irrigation Conference, outlined several legal actions concerning the Clean Water Act and corresponding definitions of Waters of the U.S., or WOTUS. If you’re interested in learning more, Dowell Lashmet will talk about water and ranching at TSCRA’s School for Successful Ranching during Cattle Raisers Convention in San Antonio March 31-April 2. Read more…

General Discussion, General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Feb 24, 2017

Eminent domain dispute at the heart of bullet train battles

In both courthouses and at the Capitol, opponents of a private company’s plans to build a Dallas-Houston bullet train have zeroed on in the firm’s claim that it has the authority to take land by condemnation if necessary. Read more at The Texas Tribune…

General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Feb 24, 2017

Texas and New Mexico battle over water in Supreme Court

A lawsuit filed by the state of Texas about ownership of water bodies in the Rio Grande is heading to the Supreme Court. The suit alleges that New Mexico, which allows farmers in southern parts of the region to pump groundwater in the river’s watershed, is taking water that should belong to Texas under terms of the 1938 Rio Grande Compact. Read more at the nmpoliticalreport…

General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Feb 22, 2017

Pruitt takes charge at EPA

The Senate confirmed Scott Pruitt as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, clearing the way for him to begin working to remove or soften Obama-era regulations on the agriculture and energy sectors. Pruitt, who as Oklahoma attorney general had sued the EPA more than a dozen times, including over its “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule, was sworn into office later Friday afternoon by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence were both out of town. Read more at AgriPulse…

General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Feb 21, 2017

Cattle Raisers Applaud Pruitt Confirmation

Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) President Richard Thorpe issued this statement today in response to the confirmation of Scott Pruitt as the next administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). “The EPA has long been an agency in need of cultural and regulatory reform to ensure it protects all Americans, in all professions […]

General Discussion, General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Feb 17, 2017

Cattle Raisers commend US House for passing bill in support of Red River landowners

TSCRA President Richard Thorpe issued a statement Tuesday after the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 428, the Red River Gradient Boundary Survey Act, introduced by Rep. Mac Thornberry. Thorpe said the legislation will finally provide legal certainty to landowners along the Red River who have faced an unprecedented land grab by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. The bill calls for a survey of the contested area using the gradient boundary survey method developed and backed by the U.S. Supreme Court to find the proper ownership boundary between public and private lands. Further, it provides Texas and Oklahoma the authority to oversee the survey and approve the results. Read more…

General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Feb 15, 2017