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Does your GCD support your Texas private property right to groundwater?

Texas groundwater rights by Billy B. BrownBy Billy B. Brown

Most landowners have a strong belief that they have a Texas private property right to the groundwater beneath their land.  They believe that the Rule of Capture gives them a property right to drill a well and pump groundwater for their use.  Unfortunately, this belief is being challenged at the Texas Supreme Court and the halls of the State Capitol.

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Texas Farm Bureau’s time is now

Kenneth Dierschke, President, Texas Farm BureauThe following excerpt is from President Kenneth Dierschke’s address to convention delegates during TFB’s 77th annual meeting Dec. 5 in Waco.
For the Texas Farm Bureau—for the people who grow our food—this is a crucial time.

It is a time of potential danger and enormous expectations, a time of great challenge and potential reward. It is a time to harvest that which has been sown by generations of our members and leaders. 

This is Texas Farm Bureau’s time—if we have the will to make it happen.

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Urban move to country makes farming unpredictable

By Robert Fleming

Riding from town to the farms and ranches as a child, I heard many stories told by my grandfather—who was born and raised in what now is the heavily urbanized I-35 corridor—of the changes of the era from 1915 to the 1970s. Small communities such as Oenaville, Bellfals, Durango, Cego and Blevins were described in great detail. Some of these small towns had gins, drug stores, blacksmith shops and barber shops. Today, there are only memories. 

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Texas’ quest for private property rights

By Gene Hall

Texas’ reputation as a private property rights state is somewhat overrated. Some of our political leaders talk about it a lot, but our failure to address eminent domain reform in a meaningful way is proof enough that we are not what some claim we are. Still, Texans undeniably care about property rights. That is the reason there is real hope that we break through the entrenched interests that like eminent domain the way it is. 

Texas needs eminent domain reform.

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The human toll of Texas property laws

By Mike Barnett

Texas Eminent Domain Battle

We’re all aware of the financial toll of unfair eminent domain laws in the Lone Star State. Horror stories abound of sweet arrangements dealing raw hands to landowners when Texas laws deem property can be taken for the public good. What is rarely told is the human toll these archaic laws can extract.

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Texas property laws: Lost election opportunity means bigger battle for Texas Farm Bureau in private property rights war

 Texas Agriculture: Proposition 11, eminent domain, property rightsBy Mike Barnett

Okay, Texas Farm Bureau’s AGFUND endorsed candidate for governor lost the Republican primary. It was a huge disappointment for those who worked so hard to see Kay Bailey Hutchison heading our state government in Austin.

But as my blog writing partner Gene Hall said, the sun did come up on Wednesday morning. The birds sang. And life goes on. As does Texas Farm Bureau’s efforts to achieve true eminent domain reform.

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