Strengthening private property rights is a top priority for TSCRA. After visiting with many members and landowners across Texas, it’s clear that our state’s eminent domain laws need serious reform. TSCRA welcomes your input and involvement on eminent domain issues as we prepare for the upcoming 85thTexas legislative session. In an effort to collect information from private property owners, we are asking for you to participate in a survey. The data we receive from those who complete this survey will be extremely useful as we work on important eminent domain issues.
In the March edition of the Cattlemen’s Column, TSCRA President Pete Bonds outlines how TSCRA is working through the interim to ensure we are prepared to make the 85th Texas legislative session a success for Texas ranchers and landowners. The 85th Texas Legislature will convene on Jan. 10, 2017, but there is still much to do regarding issues such as eminent domain, water and property rights, transportation and taxes.
The House Agriculture Committee held a hearing Friday to consider the impacts of the Environmental Protection Agency’s actions on the rural economy. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy was the hearing’s sole witness. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) President Tracy Brunner said this hearing showed the continued broad opposition to the EPA’s “waters of the United States” or WOTUS rule.
TSCRA First Vice President Dr. Richard Thorpe discusses the integral role of lean beef in the final 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans released by the USDA and U.S. Health and Human Services. The new guidelines are based on sound science and confirm that Americans are, on average, consuming fresh lean meat (including lean beef) at levels consistent with the 2015 Dietary Guidelines. When compared calorie-per-calorie to other food sources, many studies and scientific evidence shows beef is one of the most naturally nutrient rich foods.
After bi-partisan passage in both chambers of Congress, President Obama vetoed Senate Joint Resolution 22, disapproval of the EPA’s “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) President Philip Ellis said this is a clear indication the President does not understand the role America’s cattle producers, land owners and state governments play in preserving our natural resources.
Local uncertainty abounds as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s new Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule kicks in on Sept. 1, extending the agency’s regulatory power to smaller bodies of water, including some streams that only flow after heavy precipitation. The changes mean more landowners may need to apply for permits for work affecting water that now falls under federal jurisdiction. But some environmental […]
Mark your calendar for Wednesday, Sept. 23, to Friday, Sept. 25, for the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Policy Conference at the Westin Riverwalk, San Antonio. The TSCRA Policy Conference replaces the traditional fall meeting and offers a format in which TSCRA members will have ample time to focus on policy issues of […]
Around 100 ranchers, landowners and guests attended the second of TSCRA’s informational meetings in Navasota Thursday evening at the Grimes County Expo Center. Kyle Workman, president, Texans Against High-Speed Rail, was there to discuss the project and answer questions. TSCRA hosted a previous meeting May 14 in Corsicana at the Navarro County Exposition Center.
Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Mo., said Monday that a proposed Environmental EPA rule would wreak havoc on farmers and possibly drive up food prices. The EPA has the authority to issue rules for bodies of water on farms to ensure runoff is safe and not damaging to the environment, but Republicans argue the EPA has been […]