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Cattle Raisers Government & Public Affairs Roundup: Ag Guestworker Act and Federal Tax Reform

This week TSCRA signed on to two letters supporting the Agricultural Guestworker Act of 2017 and are monitoring federal tax reform efforts.

General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Oct 06, 2017

TSCRA adopts new policy positions

TSCRA held their annual Policy Conference in San Antonio last week, offering members an opportunity to guide the association’s position on many important policy issues. TSCRA maintains six policy committees, led and comprised entirely of volunteer members that develop policies to guide TSCRA’s involvement on state and federal issues that impact cattle raisers. The committee meetings in San Antonio resulted in several new policies that were later adopted by the full board of directors, covering topics supporting lawful drone use, business expense deductions in the Internal Revenue Code, agricultural financing and participation in value-added marketing programs.

General Discussion, Issues & Policy, Meetings Read more... Oct 03, 2017

Secretary Perdue, NCBA statements on tax reform agenda

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue applauded President Donald J. Trump’s vision of a broad reform of the American tax code, which will result in dramatic tax cuts for millions of American individuals, families, businesses, and family farmers, ranchers, and foresters. Craig Uden, president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, said,
“Our Nation’s cattle producers are very pleased that President Trump and Republican leaders in Congress have maintained their long-standing commitment to American agriculture by including a full repeal of the onerous death tax in the Unified Framework for Fixing Our Broken Tax Code.”

General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Sep 28, 2017

Cattle Raisers Government Affairs Roundup: WOTUS comments, USDA nominations and public outreach

As a function of TSCRA’s commitment to representing ranchers and landowners in Texas and across the Southwest, our governmental and public affairs office is hard at work tackling the issues important to the beef industry. This week staff submitted comments supporting the repeal of the 2015 Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, signed letters of support for USDA staffing nominations and gave legislative updates at gatherings around the state.

General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Sep 22, 2017

Cattle Raisers support repeal of federal water rule

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced in June their intention to repeal the so-called Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. On behalf of TSCRA, Thorpe submitted official comments on Thursday to the two federal regulators supporting the repeal, and encouraged fellow cattle raisers to do the same.

General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Sep 21, 2017

Death and taxes: The impact of death-tax planning on ranchers

The latest video from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association features Jay Wolf, a third-generation Nebraska rancher, who discusses the time, energy, and financial cost he’s forced to spend on estate planning due to the death tax. Wolf also discussed how the death tax is fundamentally unfair and burdensome because it forces family ranchers to pay tax and estate-planning costs in cash based upon an appraised value of their land, which they’ve already paid property taxes on for decades.

General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Sep 14, 2017

Cattle Raisers Government Affairs Roundup: Harvey media and transportation rules

As a function of TSCRA’s commitment to representing ranchers and landowners in Texas and across the Southwest, our governmental and public affairs office is hard at work tackling the issues important to the beef industry. This week staff focused on more Harvey media coverage and concerns regarding the implementation of electronic logging device (ELD) enforcement for livestock haulers. Read more…

General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Sep 08, 2017

Cattle Raisers Government Affairs Roundup: Meetings, issues and more

As a function of TSCRA’s commitment to representing ranchers and landowners in Texas and across the Southwest, our governmental and public affairs office is hard at work tackling the issues important to the beef industry. The association’s team of knowledgeable and experienced representatives are out in the field both locally and nationally to defend landowner rights and the ranching way of life. Each week we will keep TSCRA members informed and up-to-date on the activities and issues taking place in Austin, Washington D.C. and around the globe. This week staff and leaders attended meetings with West Texas ASWCD, TAHC and the Texas Beef Issues Team. Read more…

General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Aug 25, 2017

Cattle Raisers Government Affairs Roundup: End of the 85th Legislature’s Special Session; WOTUS

As a function of TSCRA’s commitment to representing ranchers and landowners in Texas and across the Southwest, our governmental and public affairs office is hard at work tackling the issues important to the beef industry. The association’s team of knowledgeable and experienced representatives are out in the field both locally and nationally to defend landowner rights and the ranching way of life. Each week we will keep TSCRA members informed and up-to-date on the activities and issues taking place in Austin, Washington D.C. and around the globe. This week staff and leaders focused on the end of the 85th Texas Legislature’s Special Session and Waters of the US (WOTUS). Read more…

General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Aug 18, 2017

WOTUS comment period extended

EPA and the Army are extending the comment period by 30 days for the proposed first step of the review of the definition of ‘Waters of the U.S.’ to provide additional time for stakeholders to weigh in. The comment period, as now extended, will close on Sept. 27, 2017. The proposed rule was signed by […]

General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Aug 17, 2017