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Cattle Raisers Weekly Government Affairs Activities: NAFTA, special session, property tax reform

As a function of TSCRA’s commitment to representing ranchers and landowners in Texas and across the Southwest, our governmental and public affairs office is hard at work tackling the issues important to the beef industry. The association’s team of knowledgeable and experienced representatives are out in the field both locally and nationally to defend landowner […]

General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Jun 23, 2017

Texas Cattle Raisers support USDA ban on fresh Brazilian beef

In response to an announcement by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue that USDA is banning the importation of fresh Brazilian beef, Richard Thorpe, president of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA), issued the following statement: “The United States is home to the safest beef supply on the planet due to the care and dedication […]

General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Jun 23, 2017

Texas joins 20-state coalition urging EPA to respect states in WOTUS review

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has joined a 20-state coalition in requesting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) preserve the role of the states in protecting the nation’s water sources. The coalition filed its letter Monday as part of the EPA’s ongoing review of its Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. The attorneys general outlined regulatory overreach present in the existing rule and offered suggestions to better respect the authority of states going forward.

General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Jun 20, 2017

High-speed rail project back in the spotlight

Texas Central Rail is continuing to push their project forward despite opposition from many landowners, landowner groups and legislators. They were in the news again recently with a new CEO and additional staff, now claiming they have deals in progress with landowners for half the land needed for the train’s path from Dallas to Houston. They appear undeterred by the possibility of court battles with the remainder of landowners who don’t want a train across their property. Read more at NBCDFW…

General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... May 18, 2017

Texas Cattle Raisers applaud agreement to allow US beef in China

In response to the White House announcement of an agreement to restore U.S. beef access to China, Richard Thorpe, president of Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA), issued the following statement: “International trade is absolutely vital for the continued success of Texas’ cattle raisers, as the existence of those foreign markets adds almost $300 to each head of cattle sold domestically. I applaud President Trump and his administration for their success in restoring our access to the Chinese market, which will benefit the hard-working Texas ranchers who dedicate their lives to producing a safe and wholesome beef supply.”

General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... May 12, 2017

Texas Cattle Raisers join in Soil and Water Stewardship Week

Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association is proud to partner with the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board, Association of Texas Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Texas Agricultural Land Trust and Texas Wildlife Association to promote Soil and Water Stewardship Week. Running from April 30 to May 7, the focus this year is “No Land No Water™.” This focus reminds us not only of the importance of water, but also the importance of good stewardship practices on agricultural lands. Texas farmers, ranchers and foresters are constantly aware of the importance of water as a natural resource. Read more…

General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... May 03, 2017

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