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High court to decide where WOTUS case should be heard

The Supreme Court will decide whether the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals was right to assert jurisdiction over legal challenges to the “waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) rule. The court decided on Jan. 13 to grant a petition seeking review of the 6th Circuit’s fractured decision, in which that court narrowly determined that it should adjudicate the numerous WOTUS challenges.NCBA  Read more at Agri-Pulse….

General Discussion, General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Jan 16, 2017

USDA releases destructive GIPSA rules

The USDA released their final rulemaking on the 2010 Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Act (GIPSA) Dec. 14. Tracy Brunner, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association president, said the provisions are very similar to the 2010 proposed rules that industry groups have consistently voiced concern over. He also pointed out that Congress has repeatedly defunded the rules due to the staggering harm they would cause the industry. The new GIPSA regulations include an interim final rule on competitive injury and two proposed rules to address undue preference and the poultry grower ranking system. While USDA has provided a 60-day comment period, the interim final rule will take effect 60 days from the date of publication.

General Discussion, General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Dec 15, 2016

Congress provides necessary relief from EPA’s Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure rules

Scott Yager, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association environmental counsel, released a statement Dec. 10 on the Congressional passage of The Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act, which includes a provision to provide regulatory relief for farms from the EPA’s Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Rule for farms. Read more…

General Discussion, General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Dec 13, 2016

Texans for Property Rights meet in Wichita Falls

Texoma landowners interested in learning more about eminent domain gathered Monday evening at Midwestern State University campus to hear how they can protect themselves and their private property rights. The Texans for Property Rights coalition hosted the event, which included numerous knowledgeable speakers, including some TSCRA leaders, to address the crowd and answer questions. Read more…

General Discussion, General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Dec 06, 2016

Proposed tax regulation threatens multigenerational cattle operations

The Internal Revenue Service hosted a public hearing Dec. 1 on a Department of Treasury proposed rule that would eliminate or greatly reduce available valuation discounts for family-related entities. Kevin Kester, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association vice president, said the regulation would effectively discourage families from continuing to operate or grow their businesses and passing them on to future generations. Read more…

General Discussion, General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Dec 02, 2016

TSCRA leaders meet with Texas Speaker Joe Straus in Austin to talk Cattle Raisers priorities

TSCRA officers and directors had lunch with Texas Speaker of the House Joe Straus Monday in Austin to discuss TSCRA’s legislative priorities for the upcoming Legislative Session. Association leaders updated Speaker Straus on TSCRA’s property rights initiative, water and surface damage issues, animal health issues and more. TSCRA looks forward to working with Speaker Straus in the 85th Texas Legislature, which begins in January 2017. Read more…

General Discussion, General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Nov 23, 2016

Pro-farmer agenda outlined for incoming Trump administration

If the 64 members of Donald Trump’s agricultural advisory committee hold any sway, the New York City billionaire heads into his presidency with a pro-farmer agenda near and dear to many in the flyover states that elected him, according to campaign talking points obtained by the San Antonio Express-News. High on the group’s wish list are Supreme Court justices who will defend private property, water and mineral rights. The advisory panel also wants an Environmental Protection Agency administrator who understands “the complexity of agriculture and rural issues” as well as a farm bill “written by those who are thankful for our remarkable food system in this country,” according to the document. TSCRA President Richard Thorpe talked to the Express-News about how some of these priorities, such as elimination of the death tax, align with those of Texas ranchers and landowners. Read more at the San Antonio Express-News…

General Discussion, General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Nov 16, 2016

Constitutionality of pipeline easements challenged by Presidio County landowners

Six Presidio County landowners are continuing their fight against Trans-Pecos Pipeline easements on their properties that were obtained through a land grab using eminent domain. The civil lawsuits are set to be heard by 394th State Judicial District Judge Roy Ferguson on Nov. 16 at the Presidio County Courthouse in Marfa. The landowners have also filed a challenge to the constitutionality of the pipeline’s use of eminent domain to acquire the easements, claiming that the pipeline does not meet the eight standards for use of eminent domain. Read more at BigBendNow

General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Nov 16, 2016

Cattlemen’s Column: Fighting Someone Else’s ‘Good Idea’ for Our Land

In the November Cattlemen’s Column, Property Rights and Tax Committee Member Gerald Nobles talks  eminent domain issues, how they’re becoming and increasing problem for ranchers and landowners, and the new coalition that has formed to discuss ways to strengthen private property rights. Read more…

General Discussion, General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Nov 04, 2016

NCBA and PLC file opening brief in WOTUS legal battle

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Public Lands Council, along with other industry and municipal stakeholders, filed an opening brief Nov. 1 in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals calling for the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps’ “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule to be invalidated. Tracy Brunner, NCBA president and Kansas cattle producer said subjectivity and egregious overreach by the agencies is of grave concern for landowners nationwide. Read more…

General Discussion, General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Nov 02, 2016