Loading the content... Loading depends on your connection speed!

Texas ag experts: Mexico may retaliate if US imposes tariffs

Texas agricultural experts say President Trump’s threatened tariff on Mexican goods could lead to retaliation that would hurt Texas farmers and ranchers — as well as consumers. In an interview with The Texas Tribune, Robert McKnight Jr., vice president of the TSCRA, said any threat to the current “integrated” cattle and beef trade system between Mexico, the U.S. and Canada could also be detrimental for the Texas beef industry. Well over half of Texas’ cattle imports, he said, come from Mexico and Canada. Read more at The Texas Tribune…

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

High-speed train developer withdraws lawsuits against Texas landowners

Texas Central says it will return to negotiating with property owners whose land may be needed for a rail line from Dallas to Houston, rather than seeking a court order to survey the land. Read more at  The Texas Tribune

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

Federal land grab along Red River prompts action in D.C.

TSCRA president Richard Thorpe penned a letter on Tuesday to voice TSCRA’s strong support of the Red River Gradient Boundary Survey Act. The act, filed by U.S. Rep. Mac Thornberry and Sen. John Cornyn, will finally provide legal certainty to landowners along the Red River who have faced an unprecedented land grab by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Since 2014, the BLM has laid claim to an estimated 30,000 acres of privately owned property along a 116 mile stretch of the Red River. Their attempted seizure has left innocent families in debt and legal limbo as they fight to keep land that they have owned for generations. Read more…

General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Jan 27, 2017

Cattlemen’s Column: Leveling the eminent domain playing field

By Richard Thorpe, president, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association When you defend a philosophy and try to create change for the better, there will be opposition from those who have a different philosophy and from those who like things the way they are. TSCRA leaders and many other Texas-based organizations have taken an aggressive, […]

General Discussion, General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Jan 23, 2017

Texas officials, wary of species designation, pay for mussel research

Hoping to stave off further limits on how much water cities, manufacturers, farmers and ranchers could pull from Central Texas rivers, state officials announced Tuesday that they are paying for new research into the populations of five species of fresh water mussels that are being considered by federal authorities for endangered species listings. Read more from the Austin-American Statesman…

General Discussion, General Discussion, Issues & Policy, General Discussion, Wildlife Read more... Jan 19, 2017

High court to decide where WOTUS case should be heard

The Supreme Court will decide whether the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals was right to assert jurisdiction over legal challenges to the “waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) rule. The court decided on Jan. 13 to grant a petition seeking review of the 6th Circuit’s fractured decision, in which that court narrowly determined that it should adjudicate the numerous WOTUS challenges.NCBA  Read more at Agri-Pulse….

General Discussion, General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Jan 16, 2017

USDA releases destructive GIPSA rules

The USDA released their final rulemaking on the 2010 Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Act (GIPSA) Dec. 14. Tracy Brunner, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association president, said the provisions are very similar to the 2010 proposed rules that industry groups have consistently voiced concern over. He also pointed out that Congress has repeatedly defunded the rules due to the staggering harm they would cause the industry. The new GIPSA regulations include an interim final rule on competitive injury and two proposed rules to address undue preference and the poultry grower ranking system. While USDA has provided a 60-day comment period, the interim final rule will take effect 60 days from the date of publication.

General Discussion, General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Dec 15, 2016

Congress provides necessary relief from EPA’s Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure rules

Scott Yager, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association environmental counsel, released a statement Dec. 10 on the Congressional passage of The Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act, which includes a provision to provide regulatory relief for farms from the EPA’s Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Rule for farms. Read more…

General Discussion, General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Dec 13, 2016

Texans for Property Rights meet in Wichita Falls

Texoma landowners interested in learning more about eminent domain gathered Monday evening at Midwestern State University campus to hear how they can protect themselves and their private property rights. The Texans for Property Rights coalition hosted the event, which included numerous knowledgeable speakers, including some TSCRA leaders, to address the crowd and answer questions. Read more…

General Discussion, General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Dec 06, 2016

Proposed tax regulation threatens multigenerational cattle operations

The Internal Revenue Service hosted a public hearing Dec. 1 on a Department of Treasury proposed rule that would eliminate or greatly reduce available valuation discounts for family-related entities. Kevin Kester, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association vice president, said the regulation would effectively discourage families from continuing to operate or grow their businesses and passing them on to future generations. Read more…

General Discussion, General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Dec 02, 2016