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Farm bill fails to pass House

The House of Representatives vote Friday on H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, also known as the 2018 Farm Bill, failed to pass with a vote of 198-213. This is the second failed vote in five years. Key issues surrounding immigration and food stamp reforms proved too much a hurdle for some. However, House Ag Committee Chairman Conaway holds out hope they can still deliver a workable farm bill. The Senate continues working on their own version while Republican members of the House regroup. Read more…

General Discussion, General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... May 21, 2018

TSCRA Govt Affairs Roundup: Farm bill vote

This week TSCRA government and public affairs staff are monitoring action and voting on the 2018 Farm Bill by the U.S. House of Representatives and urging cattle raisers and landowners to let their members of Congress know they support the farm bill. Read more…

General Discussion, General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... May 18, 2018

Permian oil booms, but pipelines can’t keep up

The United States is producing record volumes of oil, with nearly one-third of it coming from the Permian Basin. But rural West Texas can only use so much oil, which means energy companies need to get all that crude somewhere else. The San Antonio developer of the EPIC Crude Oil Pipeline said on Friday that it signed anchor customers to ensure the project has the financing to move forward. The proposed pipeline, which would trek 730 miles from near the New Mexico border to Corpus Christi, is slated to come online by the end of 2019. Other companies also are proposing new pipelines and expansions to try to catch up with the Permian’s production. -The Houston Chronicle Read more… 

General Discussion, General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... May 14, 2018

TSCRA Govt Affairs Roundup: Leader conference, situation response exercise and House Ag Committee hearing

This week TSCRA government and public affairs staff attended the TSCRA Leader Conference in Fort Worth with the association’s newly-elected officers, directors and committee leaders. They also participated in Agriculture Response Management and Resources (ARMAR) tabletop exercise, and testified at an interim hearing of the Texas House Land and Resource Management Committee in Houston. Read More..

General Discussion, General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... May 11, 2018

Testify before House Committee on Land & Resource Management May 9 in Houston

The Texas House Committee on Land & Resource Management will meet at Texas Southern University’s School of Education Auditorium in Houston on May 9 to hear invited and public testimony regarding eminent domain, private property rights and fair compensation. We are urging association members, ranchers and landowners interested in making their voices heard to attend the hearing and/or testify. Read more…

General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... May 03, 2018

TSCRA Government Affairs Roundup: TAHC anniversaries and 2018 Farm Bill movement

This week TSCRA Government and Public Affairs staff attended the 400th meeting of the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC). They are also celebrating this week their 125th anniversary, so many thanks to TAHC and all of the work they do to help protect Texas cattle and cattle raisers. Staff has also been keeping up with the 2018 Farm Bill, which was passed by the House Committee on Agriculture earlier this week. Read more…

General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Apr 20, 2018

TSCRA Government Affairs Roundup: Meetings in D.C., The Ag Guestworker Act, Land stewardship advocacy

It was a busy week for TSCRA leaders and government affairs staff, who spend most of the week in Washington, D.C. to attend NCBA’s Legislative conference and meet with dozens of policymakers. Other activities included signing onto a letter with numerous other agriculture groups expressing strong support of the Agricultural Guestworker Act (AG Act), monitoring trade conversations and more. Read more…

General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Apr 13, 2018

TSCRA Government Affairs Roundup: Cattle Raisers Convention, Omnibus Spending Bill, Farm Bill & Ag Appropriations

It has been a busy couple of weeks for TSCRA Government and Public Affairs staff, including policy updates and interesting speakers at the Cattle Raisers Convention. Last week the 2018 Ominbus Spending Bill was signed, affecting a number of ranching and landowner issues. Included in the bill were legislation about exemption from CERCLA/EPCRA reporting and electronic logging devices for agricultural haulers; funding of fever tick eradication efforts in South Texas; fixes for 199A in the tax code, plus much more.

General Discussion, General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Mar 29, 2018

Perdue comments on omnibus spending bill

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued a statement Thursday regarding the omnibus spending bill released by Congressional leaders. Priority topics included fixing the so-called ‘grain glitch’ 199A in the name of fairness, improving the way wildfire suppression is funded, increasing support for broadband Internet access in rural American and cutting red tape for participants in conservation programs by exempting them from having to obtain SAM and DUNS numbers.

General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Mar 22, 2018

TSCRA Government Affairs Roundup: See you at Cattle Raisers Convention, 90-day ELD ag waiver extended; Japan tariffs

This week, TSCRA’s government affairs staff are preparing for the Cattle Raisers Convention in Fort Worth. For everyone interested in what the federal government has been up to and how it impacts ranchers and landowners, we have a great update scheduled during the 2018 Cattle Raisers Convention and Expo. On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced an additional 90-day agricultural exemption for the ELD mandate. In other good news, it is being reported that Japan import tariffs on U.S. beef will drop back to 38.5 percent on April 1.

General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Mar 16, 2018