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EPA’s plan to limit methane pollution draws lawsuits

At least fifteen states, including Texas and Oklahoma, have filed lawsuits against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to try and block the agency’s rule on methane emissions in the oil patch. The lawsuits ask the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to review the EPA’s rule regulating methane emissions from new, reconstructed and modified oil and gas wells that use fracking, saying the agency is exceeding its statutory authority. Read more at Agri-Pulse

General Discussion, General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Aug 12, 2016

Attend Ellis County high-speed rail meeting TONIGHT, Thursday, Aug. 4

Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is hosting a meeting on the Texas Central Railway (TCR) project at the Ennis Housing Authority Community Care in Ennis, Texas tomorrow Aug. 4 at 6:00 p.m. TSCRA encourages any ranchers or landowners who may be concerned about this project attend this meeting to voice concerns. For more details, click here…

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

USFWS delists lesser prairie-chicken

TSCRA president Richard Thorpe made a statement Wednesday after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) formally delisted the lesser prairie-chicken (LPC) as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Read more…

General Discussion, General Discussion, Issues & Policy, General Discussion, Wildlife Read more... Jul 20, 2016

Interior Appropriations Bill advances through committee

The House Committee on Appropriations favorably reported the FY 2017 Interior and Environment appropriations bill to the House of Representatives Wednesday by a vote of 31-18. The bill addresses a number of priorities for the livestock industry, including language regarding the greater sage grouse and full defunding of EPA’s problematic “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule. Read more…

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

LAST CHANCE to register early for the TSCRA Summer Meeting

June 8 is the last day to take advantage of early registration rates for the TSCRA Summer Meeting, June 16 to 18, La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa on Lake Conroe near Montgomery. Keep up with the latest developments in the beef industry, to enjoy some relaxing time with your family, and to catch up […]

General Discussion, Issues & Policy, Meetings Read more... Jun 07, 2016

Texas Supreme Court rules on Coyote Lake Ranch case

TSCRA applauded the Texas Supreme Court Friday for ruling in favor of Coyote Lake Ranch, LLC in their case against The City of Lubbock, as a “major victory for landowners across Texas.” The court ruled the accommodation doctrine that applies to mineral estates shall also apply to surface estates. TSCRA Friday applauded the Texas Supreme Court for […]

General Discussion, General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... May 31, 2016

TSCRA testifies before House Ag and Livestock Committee at State Capitol

TSCRA’s Jason Skaggs, executive director of government and public affairs, testified Monday before the Texas House Agriculture and Livestock Committee at an interim hearing at the State Capitol. TSCRA was invited to testify specifically on the committee’s interim charge of evaluating challenges and threats to the Texas cattle industry.

General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... May 24, 2016

TSCRA applauds lesser prairie-chicken decision

TSCRA is happy that cattlemen have been freed from the hassles that would have come if the threatened species designation for the lesser-prairie chicken had remained intact. KGNC News Now‘s James Hunt talked to TSCRA’s Jason Skaggs, executive director of government and public affairs, about the Obama administration’s decision to not appeal the chicken’s delisting. Click […]

General Discussion, Issues & Policy, General Discussion, Wildlife Read more... May 20, 2016

TSCRA submits comments on USDA brucellosis and tuberculosis rule proposal

TSCRA submitted comments Monday expressing concerns with the U. S. Department of Agriculture – Animal Plant Health Inspection Service’s (USDA-APHIS) rule proposal regarding the agency’s updated provisions on brucellosis and bovine tuberculosis. “The health and well-being of cattle across the country are critical to the entire beef industry,” said TSCRA President Richard Thorpe. “It is for this reason that TSCRA opposes efforts by USDA-APHIS to finalize this rule for adoption until concerns regarding the effectiveness and practical application of this rule have been adequately addressed.

General Discussion, Animal Health, General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... May 17, 2016

TDA files Amicus Brief in support of Texas landowners in Red River land dispute

The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) recently filed an amicus curiae brief with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Wichita Falls Division, in support of Texas landowners fighting against the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) attempt to seize land along the Red River without compensation.

General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... May 12, 2016