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Trump says U.S. will renegotiate NAFTA with Canada, Mexico

President Donald Trump said on Thursday he was ready to kill the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Canada and Mexico, but agreed to renegotiate it after speaking with their leaders, expressing optimism about extracting better terms for the U.S. Mexico, Canada and the United States form one of the world’s biggest trading blocs, and trade disruptions among them could cause havoc in automotive, agricultural, energy and other sectors. Read more at Reuters

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

Cattle Raisers applaud confirmation of Sonny Perdue for agriculture secretary

Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association President Richard Thorpe issued a statement in response to the April 24 confirmation and April 25 swearing in of Gov. Sonny Perdue as the next Secretary of the USDA. Perdue was born into a farming family in Bonaire, Georgia. From childhood, and through his life in business and elected office, Perdue has experienced the industry from many perspectives and is uniquely qualified as a former farmer, agribusinessman, veterinarian, state legislator, and governor of Georgia. Read more…

General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Apr 25, 2017

Complete NCBA’s death tax survey and share your story

The death tax is a failed economic policy and is in direct conflict with the desire to preserve and protect our nation’s family-owned farms and ranches. Each year livestock producers are forced to make tough choices and expend limited resources for estate tax planning purposes rather than investing in their operation. Furthermore, it is all too often that we see farming and ranching families forced to sell land, equipment, or part of their operation in order to pay the taxes at the time of death. We encourage you to share your story! Take this a survey hosted by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association to evaluate the impact of the death tax on the U.S. livestock industry. All survey responses will be kept strictly confidential. Read more…

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

USDA delays GIPSA final rule implementation

The USDA Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) announced on April 11 that it is delaying the effective date of the Scope of Sections 202(a) and (b) of the Packers and Stockyards Act Interim Final Rule until Oct. 19, 2017. This section pertains to the regulations about finding of harm or likely harm to competition. In a separate action, USDA announced that it is also asking the public to comment on four possible actions (allow, suspend, delay or withdraw) USDA should take in regards to the disposition of the Interim Final Rule. The comment due date is June 12, 2017. Read more…

General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Apr 11, 2017

House Ag Committee examines impacts of tax code on agriculture industry

The House Agriculture Committee held a hearing on Wednesday to examine how the tax code impacts agricultural producers. Members of the committee heard from a panel of Members of Congress, including Rep. Kristi Noem, South Dakota, and Rep. Lynn Jenkins, Kansas, from the House Committee on Ways and Means, the committee charged with crafting our nation’s tax code. The committee also heard from a diverse panel of witnesses including agricultural and tax professionals. Read more…

General Discussion, General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Apr 05, 2017

Cattle Raisers testify in support of SB 740 for eminent domain reform

SB 740 was heard before the Senate State Affairs Committee Monday. The bill, authored by Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, takes several steps to protect private property owners from abuse in the eminent domain process whereby land is taken by private corporations and government entities for the “public good.” Clayton Henry, a rancher from Wichita Falls, testified in favor of SB 740 on behalf of TSCRA. Other ranchers, landowners and TSCRA members also testified in favor of the bill. Karen Thorpe of Winters and Reed Stewart of Sterling City both gave telling accounts of their own battles with eminent domain condemnors. General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Apr 04, 2017

Cattlemen applaud re-establishment of Congressional Beef Caucus

At a Capitol Hill news conference Wednesday, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) applauded the re-establishment of the bipartisan Congressional Beef Caucus. The Beef Caucus will organize and educate members of Congress and their staff on policy issues that impact America’s cattle and beef producers. The Congressional Beef Caucus will be co-chaired by U.S. Reps. Henry Cuellar, D, Dist. 28 – Texas, and Kevin Yoder, R, Dist. 3 – Kansas, who joined NCBA at the news conference. The Beef Caucus currently stands 35 members of Congress strong, hailing from 21 states. Read more…

General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Mar 30, 2017

Texas ranchers face blowback from Trump’s plans for NAFTA

U.S. beef exports to Mexico have skyrocketed since the North American Free Trade Agreement phased out tariffs. Representatives of the cattle industry warn reopening the treaty would put those gains in jeopardy. TSCRA Director Coleman Locke and Member Kelley Sullivan, Santa Rosa Ranch, talks trade and the hope Texas ranchers have a seat at the table during negotiations. Read more and listen to the interview at HoustonPublicMedia.org…

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

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