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‘Mega-farming’ contaminates Toledo water supply: not exactly

‘Mega-farming’ contaminates Toledo water supply: not exactly

By Jay Bragg

Recently, 500,000 residents of Toledo, Ohio were without drinking water due to dangerously high levels of cyanotoxin in Lake Erie, produced by excessive amounts of blue-green algae.  National news outlets were quick to point their fingers at agriculture, picking up on the talking points of local politicians, activist groups, and pseudo-scientists.

Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins was quoted by the Los Angeles Times: “Once we clear this problem up, that is not going to eliminate the algae problem in the western basin of Lake Erie; that is not going to eliminate the agricultural runoff; that is not going to eliminate mega-farming.”

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Farmers, ranchers and State of Texas win whooping crane case

Farmers, ranchers and State of Texas win whooping crane case

By Regan Beck

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit reversed a district court decision on July 30 and ruled in favor of the State of Texas in a lawsuit concerning the whooping crane.

It was the classic example of water for people weighed against an environmental group suing under the Federal Endangered Species Act. The Fifth Circuit concluded the environmental group, The Aransas Project (TAP), failed to prove the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) management of water permits resulted in the deaths of whooping cranes.

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Pray El Niño pays Texas a visit

Pray El Niño pays Texas a visit

By Kenneth Dierschke
TFB President

I read recently that climatologists are predicting a 70 percent chance for El Niño to develop this year in the Pacific Ocean. I hope they are wrong. What we need is a 100 percent chance.

El Niño is the warming of the central and eastern Pacific Oceans. It alters the jet stream flow across the United States and helps bring wetter-than-normal weather to Texas.

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Let’s have an open dialogue

Let’s have an open dialogue

By Lee and Jennifer Brown

On a recent trip to SeaWorld in San Antonio, my family and I witnessed a display of protest against the company for its practices. Those protestors claimed SeaWorld used practices that are cruel to the animals they house.

But what about all of the animals they save? If they hadn’t been rescued by SeaWorld, they probably wouldn’t have survived in a wild habitat.

A couple of years ago on a Texas Farm Bureau Young Farmer & Rancher Fall Tour, we had the opportunity to take a “behind the scenes” tour of the San Antonio facility. We saw the tanks they use for rehabilitation and performance shows. It was pretty amazing.

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My family says ‘Yes’ to the Texas Beef Checkoff

My family says ‘Yes’ to the Texas Beef Checkoff

By Jim Sartwelle

If you and your family own cattle in Texas, I ask you to strongly consider voting YES for the future of the Texas beef industry by going to any county Extension office in Texas THIS WEEK and voting YES.

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