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Livestock groups petition DOT for hours of service flexibility

Organizations representing livestock, bee, and fish haulers across the country submitted a petition Monday to the Department of Transportation (DOT) requesting additional flexibility on Hours of Service (HOS) requirements. The petition asks for a five-year exemption from certain HOS requirements for livestock haulers and encourages DOT to work with the livestock industry to implement additional fatigue-management practices. Read more…

General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Oct 15, 2018

TSCRA Govt Affairs Roundup: Early voting, hearings and hours of service regs

Early voting is just around the corner. The TSCRA Political Action Committee has released a list of recommended candidates for TSCRA members to consider when they go to the polls. This week TSCRA provided oral testimony during a hearing of the Texas House Committee on Agriculture and Livestock, signed a joint letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Hours of Service regulations for livestock haulers, and continue to meet with Texas legislators and their staff to discuss proposed reforms to the eminent domain process. Read more…

General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Oct 12, 2018

Beltway Beef: Trucking regulations

In the latest Beltway Beef podcast, NCBA’s Kevin Kester and Allison Rivera check in from the Department of Transportation HQ in Washington, DC, where they participated in a public-listening session regarding a proposal to rewrite truckers’ Hours of Service regulations. Read more…

General Discussion, General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Oct 11, 2018

TSCRA Govt Affairs Roundup: Hearings, trade deals and ongoing farm bill talks

TSCRA leaders testified at two interim hearings of the House Land and Resource Management Committee this week. There was also good news out of Washington with the announcement of a deal with Mexico and Canada on a replacement for NAFTA, and talk of a renewed agreement with South Korea and a start to negotiations with Japan, both great news for U.S. beef producers. However, even with all this good news, progress remains elusive on reconciling differences in the 2018 Farm Bill. Read more…

General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Oct 05, 2018

Cattle producers applaud trade deal with Mexico, Canada

The United States, Canada and Mexico have reached an agreement on the renegotiated NAFTA, now formally known as the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), to benefit American farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses. In a statement released by TSCRA President Robert McKnight, Jr, cattle producers applaud the agreement. “Trade is vitally important to cattle producers who, on average, send more than $2 billion in U.S. beef exports to Mexico and Canada each year. We are extremely pleased to hear the agreement will maintain the market access that has been so beneficial to U.S. cattle producers over the last decade. We look forward to swift approval by Congress and the certainty of a bright future with our trading partners.” Read more…

General Discussion, General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Oct 01, 2018

TSCRA Govt Affairs Roundup: Have your voice heard on eminent domain

TSCRA government and public affairs staff spent much of last week participating in the TSCRA Policy Conference near Austin. This week included meetings with state legislators and organizations to discuss groundwater and ag finance. Next week the House Land and Resource Management Committee will hold two interim hearings. We encourage TSCRA members who have had experience with eminent domain — including the threat of eminent domain — to make plans to attend and provide public testimony. Read more…

General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Sep 28, 2018

TSCRA Govt Affairs Roundup: Policy Conference, eminent domain reform and WOTUS

This week TSCRA Government and Public Affairs staff have been preparing for the annual policy conference next week in Bastrop. Other activities included meeting with state legislators and staff concerning eminent domain and monitoring an injunction issued this week preventing the implementation of the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule in Texas. Read more…

General Discussion, Disaster, General Discussion, General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Sep 14, 2018

District Court injunction prevents enforcement of WOTUS rule

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton applauded a U.S. District Court Thursday after it issued an injunction affecting Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi to prevent enforcement of the unlawful Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. Last month, Paxton and his counterparts from Louisiana and Mississippi filed a motion asking the court to expedite their request for an injunction. The legal action was necessary after a district court in South Carolina overturned an effort to delay the WOTUS rule so that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency could prepare a replacement rule. Read more…

General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Sep 13, 2018

TSCRA Govt. Affairs Roundup: Farm bill talks, NAFTA and WOTUS

Despite the short week, TSCRA government and public affairs staff were busy on a number of ongoing federal issues. As expected, conferees from the House and Senate met to begin formal negotiations on the 2018 Farm Bill. Staff are also continuing to monitor and engage on several other previously reported issues, including NAFTA negotiations and WOTUS. Read more…

General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Sep 07, 2018

Editorial: Support animal agriculture disease preparedness in the 2018 Farm Bill

With negotiations on the 2018 Farm Bill expected to heat up this week, agricultural producers across Texas and are anxiously watching for signs of progress. The farm bill authorizes many programs designed to support farmers and ranchers, but one new provision deserves special attention from lawmakers: the creation of a foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) vaccine bank. Read more…

General Discussion, Animal Health, General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Sep 04, 2018