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TSCRA Govt Affairs Roundup: NAFTA, ranch gatherings and eminent domain

This week TSCRA Government Affairs staff and association leaders have been monitoring the announcement of a preliminary trade agreement with Mexico, as well as ongoing talks with Canada. They have also participated in TSCRA gatherings to give issue updates and met with legislative staff in preparation for the 2019 session. They are also preparing for a hearing on eminent domain and the return of lawmakers from August recess to restart farm bill talks. Read more…

General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Aug 31, 2018

TSCRA Govt Affairs Roundup: WOTUS, ranch gatherings and more

This week TSCRA staff have been monitoring the latest on the return of WOTUS, including a motion filed by Texas Atty. Gen. Ken Paxton asking a district court to expedite a request for an injunction. Association leaders and staff have also been traveling across Texas to update cattle raisers on legislative issues at ranch gatherings, as well as meeting with legislators to discuss issues important to the industry. Read more…

General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Aug 24, 2018

Positive step on hours of service for livestock haulers

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced Tuesday that it is seeking public comment on revising four specific areas of current hours-of-service (HOS) regulations, which limit the operating hours of commercial truck drivers. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association released a statement in response to the announcement, welcoming FMCSA’s willingness to consider options for flexibility on Hours of Service rules. “The proposals released today are a positive step towards focusing on needed changes to Hours of Service, but more specific changes that address the unique realities of the livestock hauling industry are still needed. We will continue to work with FMCSA to provide flexibility for the livestock hauling industry.” Read more…

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

TSCRA Govt. Affairs Roundup: Private property rights, fever ticks, farm bill and return of WOTUS

This week TSCRA staff testified before Texas Senate Committee on intergovernmental relations and private property rights. They also hosted a learn and learn session for staff of the Senate Committee on Agriculture , Water and Rural Affairs to address a number of topics, including the history of the Feer Tick Eradication Program. TSCRA also participated in activities related to farm bill negotiations and a district court injunction that allows the 2015 Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule to take effect in 26 states, including Oklahoma and Texas. Read more…

General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Aug 17, 2018

WOTUS injunction endangers Cattle Raisers

Robert McKnight, Jr., president of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) issued a statement in response to a South Carolina District Court injunction that allows the 2015 Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule to take effect immediately in 26 states, including Texas and Oklahoma. “Today’s court ruling is a tremendous blow for ranchers and landowners who hoped the ill-conceived 2015 WOTUS rule had finally gone by the wayside. Cattle raisers in Texas, Oklahoma and 24 other states are again threatened by an Obama-era land grab that has the potential to regulate them out of business.” Read more…

General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Aug 17, 2018

Opportunity to voice concerns over high speed rail, WOTUS

In early 2018, the US Army Corps of Engineers announced a public comment period for a 404 Permit requested by Texas Central Railway pertaining to Waters of the U.S., or WOTUS. Through the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), several elected officials requested public meetings to be a part of that public comment period. These meetings have now been scheduled for Aug. 27, Aug. 30 and Sept. 6, and landowners again have the opportunity to express concerns about the Dallas Houston HSR project. Those concerns do not have to be limited to Waters of the US, but if you have a river, creek, gully, lake, pond, tank or ditch that could be impacted by this project, this is your opportunity to voice concerns. Read more…

General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Aug 15, 2018

Hoping to stave off federal action, Texas rewrites lizard plan

Aiming to reform a troubled state program designed to stave off federal habitat protections for a rare lizard species in the petroleum-rich Permian Basin, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar is asking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to approve a new version, meant to address what Hegar’s office called the plan’s “systemic problems.” The proposal, the latest turn over how to protect the dunes sagebrush lizard amid a threat of federal action, eliminates scientifically unsupported conservation options and defines ways for companies to avoid lizard habitat, enacts fees from some companies operating in the lizard habitat to support conservation efforts to offset habitat disturbances and includes incentives to focus industrial activities in degraded or nonhabitat areas. -Austin American Statesman Read more…

General Discussion, Issues & Policy, General Discussion, Wildlife Read more... Aug 14, 2018

Cattle industry secures 45-day agreement to reinstate spray boxes

Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA), Texas Cattle Feeders Association (TCFA), Texas Farm Bureau (TFB), Livestock Marketing Association of Texas (LMAT), Independent Cattlemen’s Association of Texas (ICA) and South Texans’ Property Rights Association (STPRA) attended a meeting with Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller Tuesday in Austin. The purpose of the meeting was to urge the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) to protect the cattle industry by allowing producers to continue utilizing spray boxes as part of their cattle fever tick eradication efforts. The producers and staff that attended the meeting on behalf of industry were able to reach a temporary compromise with TDA that will ensure our ability to protect the health and well-being of our cattle for the next 45 days. Read more…

General Discussion, Animal Health, General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Aug 09, 2018

TSCRA Govt Affairs Roundup: Spray box shutdown, industry meetings and farm bill

TSCRA government affairs staff are continuing to work diligently to resolve a serious cattle health issue created by Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller’s shuttering of fever tick spray boxes operated by the Texas Animal Health Commission and USDA–Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. TSCRA staff and leaders are also attending the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Summer Meeting in Denver and the 2018 West Texas Legislative Summit in San Angelo. Read more…

General Discussion, Animal Health, General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Aug 03, 2018

Cattle raisers refute cattle fever tick spray box concerns

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller announced this week his department is shutting down the use of cattle spray boxes to treat cattle fever ticks in South Texas. The Texas Animal Health Commission and Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers refute the reasons Miller has cited for the shut-down and maintain that portable spray boxes have been utilized for decades and have proven very effective in fever tick containment and eradication efforts. Read more…

General Discussion, Animal Health, General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Aug 01, 2018