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Texas Farm Bureau—We are you!

Texas Farm Bureau—We are you!

By Mike Barnett

In my travels, both within Texas and out of state, I’m often asked the question—many times by people in agriculture—what does Farm Bureau stand for?

It always takes me by surprise, but it shouldn’t. I spend most of my efforts working with people who know the scope and value of the state’s largest farm organization, because they are actively involved in pursuing its goals.

I tell those who don’t know—without hesitation—that we are you.

Farm Bureau is made up of individuals who collectively work together to ensure agriculture stays strong and the rural way of life remains viable.

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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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Time to bury the death tax

Time to bury the death tax

By Mike Barnett

I always heard that the only thing sure in life is death and taxes and you can be assured your estate will be taxed to death if it’s big enough when you die.

That’s why a headline in a recent American Farm Bureau Federation news release caught my attention. It noted that estate taxes are ripe for repeal with 218 co-sponsors—more than half of the House of Representatives—on board for legislation to permanently repeal the estate tax.

Not only would Texas Congressman Kevin Brady’s Death Tax Repeal Act, HR 2429, repeal estate taxes, it would maintain stepped-up basis.

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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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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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Insects: Coming to a plate near you

Insects: Coming to a plate near you

By Mike Barnett

Don’t look now but insects may be coming to a plate near you.

I’ve seen several reports in the news lately about bugs becoming a source to meet global food challenges. Although some cultures depend on insects for protein, they are considered a “poor man’s” diet, according to one entomophagy expert. Entomophagy is a fancy word for the study of eating insects.

Which is growing in popularity. At least that’s what Arnold van Huis says, who is organizing the first international conference to address whether insects can feed the world.

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