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Changes proposed to endangered species act to allow for economic and business factors

This week, the U.S. Department of Interior released proposed rule changes for the Endangered Species Act. Right now, the process used to protect species under the act requires only a scientific assessment of whether there’s a risk of extinction. The rule change would allow regulators to also consider economic and business factors. Read more…

General Discussion, Issues & Policy, General Discussion, Wildlife Read more... Jul 24, 2018

TSCRA Govt Affairs Roundup: Endangered Species Act amendments, tariff talks and farm bill

This week, TSCRA joined fellow cattle industry groups in signing a letter of support for the Endangered Species Act Amendments Act of 2018. Staff is also continuing to follow ongoing trade and tariff issues, 2018 Farm Bill progress and how the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court could benefit agriculture. Read more…

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

TSCRA Government Affairs Roundup: Tariffs, trade and changes at the EPA

TSCRA government affairs staff continues to monitor a number of issues arising out of Washington, D.C., including tariffs imposed by China and Canada on U.S. beef and changes at the EPA. Read more…

General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Jul 06, 2018

TSCRA Govt Affairs Roundup: Farm bill, groundwater policy and working to improve ag disaster response

TSCRA Government and Public Affairs staff are continuing to monitor farm bill progress in Washington. The House recently passed its version of the farm bill and the Senate passed its version Thursday. It now goes to a conference committee where the two chambers will work out the differences between the two versions of the bill. Staff also met with House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rep. Lyle Larson about groundwater policy; and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to discuss issues important to cattle raisers. This week also saw participation in the Governor’s Commission to Rehabilitate Texas to collaborate with government response agencies about improving ag response to natural disasters. Read more…

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

TSCRA Govt and Public Affairs Roundup: Summer intern intros, farm bill, Marfa, and comments

This week in TSCRA’s Government and Public Affairs Update, meet the Austin office summer intern, hear about movement in the farm bill, get an update on what happened at the Summer Meeting in Marfa, and read comments the association submitted on several issues. Read more…

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

Cattle Raisers applaud farm bill passage in the House

Robert McKnight Jr., president of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA), issued a statement Thursday following House passage of the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, also known as the farm bill. “In Texas, cattle contribute more than $10.5 billion to the economy each year, and the farm bill is an important tool to ensure cattle producers in Texas and across the nation can continue their tireless work to provide the beef demanded by American consumers.” Read more…

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

Hours of Service legislation updates

The Modernizing Agricultural Transportation Act was introduced in the Senate by Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) The bill would establish a working group at the Department of Transportation to identify obstacles facing livestock haulers and develop guidelines for regulatory or legislative action to improve livestock transportation. Enforcement of the electronic logging device rule would be delayed until the working group outcomes are formally proposed by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association released a statement in regard to the introduction of the act Tuesday. Read more…

General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Jun 12, 2018

TSCRA Govt Affairs Roundup: High-speed rail, well test regs

This week TSCRA government affairs staff worked on statements rand regarding concerns on the high-speed rail project using eminent domain and proposed rule changes eliminating annual well tests. Read more…

General Discussion, General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Jun 01, 2018

TSCRA Govt Affairs Roundup: Runoff elections, farm bill vote, high-speed rail and more

TSCRA government affairs staff were closely monitoring a number of runoff elections this Tuesday, as well as the latest farm bill vote, developments in the high-speed rail project, newly-introduced legislation regarding livestock transportation rules, and the Corpus Christi Port Channel Improvement project. Read more…

General Discussion, General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... May 25, 2018

Urgent call to action for Texans against the high-speed rail project

Please take two minutes to voice your concern about the Dallas Houston High-speed Rail (HSR) to the Surface Transportation Board (STB). Texas Central is asking for exemptions to fast track their project. We need you to submit an online verified statement so the STB knows there is significant public opposition to this project. Please visit “Read more” link below to be taken to the Texans Against High Speed Rail website. The form should take less than two minutes to read, complete and submit. Please share this with any and all Texans concerned about the Dallas Houston HSR. You do not have to be directly impacted by the proposed tracks to complete this statement. The deadline to submit a statement is Tuesday, May 29. Read more…

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