In every ecosystem around the world there are potentially hundreds of living species that can be affected by a change in that ecosystem, whether it’s natural or man-made. What can be good for the survival of one species might have detrimental effects on another species, so a critical balance … Read More

TSCRA
government and public affairs efforts in Washington continue to focus on
Congressional ratification of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement (USMCA).
There is optimism that the measure will be introduced in September and passed
before the end of the year.

As reported earlier this week, TSCRA director Kelley Sullivan Georgiades … Read More

WASHINGTON — Kelley Sullivan Georgiades, a fourth-generation rancher from Texas, testified Tuesday on the state of the cattle industry at a hearing of the Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Subcommittee.

Georgiades praised cattle producers for providing Americans with a high-quality, safe and nutrient-dense protein. She also highlighted the importance of ranching to … Read More

TSCRA government affairs staff attended ranch gatherings
in El Campo, Navasota and Franklin this week to provide attendees with an
update on current affairs. Highlights included a recap of the recently
concluded 86th Texas Legislative Session—including eminent domain reform
efforts—and national issues like trade, fake meat and WOTUS.

For … Read More

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Kinder Morgan Inc can begin work on a $2 billion natural gas pipeline without having the Texas energy regulator approve its proposed route, a state judge ruled on Tuesday. The decision removes a challenge to the state’s licensing process that lets gas pipeline companies determine their … Read More

The Texas Supreme Court recently upheld the condemnation of a private drive in a case that tested the scope of “public” use under the Texas Constitution and the meaning of Texas Government Code 2206, which prohibits taking private property for certain economic development purposes. Tiffany Dowell Lashmet, assistant … Read More

TSCRA government and public affairs staff were in Galveston last week for the TSCRA Summer Meeting to discuss recent state and federal policy issues. Topics included eminent domain, wildfire protection efforts, water supply enhancement, trade, country of origin labeling, dealer trust and more. This week, TSCRA submitted comments on a … Read More

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agriculture Marketing Service (AMS) has proposed a study to look into the feasibility of implementing a livestock dealer statutory trust. This type of trust would reduce the buying capacity of livestock dealers leading to a negative impact on market prices for all livestock sellers throughout … Read More

The European Union (EU) has agreed to assure the U.S. gets the lion’s share of its annual beef quota after months of negotiations and more than 20 years of friction over the subject of non-hormone beef trade. The EU has pledged to phase in over seven years a new … Read More