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Oilfield sand miners encroaching on threatened West Texas lizard

A voluntary plan the state of Texas crafted to protect a tiny West Texas reptile — and avoid its listing as an endangered species — is facing a significant threat from companies that mine the fine-grain sand oil producers use for hydraulic fracturing. In a letter to the Fish and Wildlife Service on Thursday, Robert Gulley, head of the state comptroller’s Division of Economic Growth and Endangered Species Management, said that more than a dozen “frac-sand” companies are planning mining operations in four West Texas counties that are home to prime dune sagebrush lizard habitat. The Texas Tribune talked with Gulley about state concerns and how the sand companies could upset a delicate balance. Read more…

General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Aug 15, 2017

Cattle Raisers Government Affairs Weekly Roundup: Farm bill listening session

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 includes farm bill listening sessions, committee hearings for bills in Texas legislature.

General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Aug 04, 2017

Take action now – tell EPA to kill WOTUS

July 27 marked the start of the 30-day comment period on the EPA’s proposal to withdraw the 2015 “waters of the U.S.”, rule, also known as WOTUS. The deadline for comments is Aug. 28, so please comment now!

General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Aug 03, 2017

Mexico sees end 2018 as best case scenario for implementing new NAFTA

According to Reuters, under a best-case scenario, a newly negotiated NAFTA free-trade deal between Mexico, the United States and Canada would not be implemented before the end of next year or the start of 2019 Mexico’s economy minister said on Thursday.

General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Aug 03, 2017

Conaway staking legacy on passing politically tricky farm bill 

As he escorted a delegation of eight congressmen across West Texas this week, U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway was laying the groundwork for passing a massive piece of legislation next year that thousands of farmers and ranchers in his district are counting on. The congressmen, Capitol Hill staffers and reporters – including those from The Texas Tribune – spent two days in rural Texas, listening to agriculture trade association leaders and hearing out the economic worries of hundreds of Texas farmers and ranchers. 

General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Aug 02, 2017

Cattle Raisers express concern after Japan announces increased tariffs

TSCRA President Richard Thorpe issued the a statement Friday in response to the announcement last week that Japan will increase the tariff rate to 50 percent on frozen US beef, warning the increase could have a significant impact on producers and highlighting the need for a trade agreement like the Tran Pacific Partnership (TPP).

General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Jul 31, 2017

Cattle Raisers Government Affairs Weekly Roundup: Special Session, NAFTA hearing

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 includes more movement on the Texas Legislature’s Special Session and a House Agriculture Committee hearing on NAFTA.

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

Marchant: A simpler tax code is good for business

In this week’s #TaxReformTuesday conversation, House Ways and Means Committee member Rep. Kenny Marchant, R-Texas, discusses how a simpler tax code will help Main Street job creators thrive in towns like Grapevine, and across America.

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

Cattle Raisers Government Affairs Weekly Roundup: Texas Special Session, NAFTA, Transportation Bill

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 includes monitoring the Texas special session in Austin, NAFTA negotiation news and transportation bill language.

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

Cattle Raisers Government Affairs Weekly Roundup: Summer Business Meeting, Livestock Hauling 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. 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.

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