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Senate report highlights EPA enforcement of WOTUS rule

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee released their report Monday highlighting examples of EPA illegally asserting jurisdiction over features traditionally exempt from the Clean Water Act. Despite the fact that the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals continues their nationwide stay on enforcement of EPA’s “waters of the United States” final rule, the report demonstrates that EPA is in fact, enforcing the WOTUS rule and expanding jurisdiction beyond congressional intent. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Tracy Brunner said this report is conclusive evidence of EPA’s continued efforts to expand their jurisdiction over all waters. Read more…

General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Sep 20, 2016

Eminent Domain database ready for public use

The Texas Comptroller’s office has announced the launch of a statewide online eminent domain database. This publicly available tool will show which governmental and non-governmental entities have reported to the comptroller their authority to exercise eminent domain. “This is clearly an area in which transparency is absolutely essential,” Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said. “Knowing who can use eminent domain is the first step to ensuring that this potentially oppressive power is used wisely.” Hegar will be a speaker at TSCRA’s Policy Conference Sept. 28-30 in Austin. Come hear our state comptroller speak on Thursday morning about eminent domain and give an update on the state of the Texas economy. You can register for as little as $75 for Wednesday and Thursday meetings only. Read more…

General Discussion, General Discussion, Issues & Policy, Meetings Read more... Sep 08, 2016

TSCRA Cattlemen’s Column: Regulations Appropriate to Manage CWD-Infected Deer Herds

By Richard Thorpe, president, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Chronic wasting disease (CWD) was found in an intensively managed white-tailed deer herd, a deer breeder operation, in Medina County in 2015, and was discovered in a free-ranging mule deer population in the Hueco Mountains in far West Texas in 2012.  Texas Parks and Wildlife […]

General Discussion, Animal Health, General Discussion, Issues & Policy, General Discussion, Wildlife Read more... Aug 25, 2016

EPA’s plan to limit methane pollution draws lawsuits

At least fifteen states, including Texas and Oklahoma, have filed lawsuits against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to try and block the agency’s rule on methane emissions in the oil patch. The lawsuits ask the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to review the EPA’s rule regulating methane emissions from new, reconstructed and modified oil and gas wells that use fracking, saying the agency is exceeding its statutory authority. Read more at Agri-Pulse

General Discussion, General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Aug 12, 2016

Attend Ellis County high-speed rail meeting TONIGHT, Thursday, Aug. 4

Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is hosting a meeting on the Texas Central Railway (TCR) project at the Ennis Housing Authority Community Care in Ennis, Texas tomorrow Aug. 4 at 6:00 p.m. TSCRA encourages any ranchers or landowners who may be concerned about this project attend this meeting to voice concerns. For more details, click here…

General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Aug 04, 2016

USFWS delists lesser prairie-chicken

TSCRA president Richard Thorpe made a statement Wednesday after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) formally delisted the lesser prairie-chicken (LPC) as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Read more…

General Discussion, General Discussion, Issues & Policy, General Discussion, Wildlife Read more... Jul 20, 2016

Interior Appropriations Bill advances through committee

The House Committee on Appropriations favorably reported the FY 2017 Interior and Environment appropriations bill to the House of Representatives Wednesday by a vote of 31-18. The bill addresses a number of priorities for the livestock industry, including language regarding the greater sage grouse and full defunding of EPA’s problematic “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule. Read more…

General Discussion, General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Jun 16, 2016

LAST CHANCE to register early for the TSCRA Summer Meeting

June 8 is the last day to take advantage of early registration rates for the TSCRA Summer Meeting, June 16 to 18, La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa on Lake Conroe near Montgomery. Keep up with the latest developments in the beef industry, to enjoy some relaxing time with your family, and to catch up […]

General Discussion, Issues & Policy, Meetings Read more... Jun 07, 2016

Texas Supreme Court rules on Coyote Lake Ranch case

TSCRA applauded the Texas Supreme Court Friday for ruling in favor of Coyote Lake Ranch, LLC in their case against The City of Lubbock, as a “major victory for landowners across Texas.” The court ruled the accommodation doctrine that applies to mineral estates shall also apply to surface estates. TSCRA Friday applauded the Texas Supreme Court for […]

General Discussion, General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... May 31, 2016

TSCRA testifies before House Ag and Livestock Committee at State Capitol

TSCRA’s Jason Skaggs, executive director of government and public affairs, testified Monday before the Texas House Agriculture and Livestock Committee at an interim hearing at the State Capitol. TSCRA was invited to testify specifically on the committee’s interim charge of evaluating challenges and threats to the Texas cattle industry.

General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... May 24, 2016