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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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Texas water rights endangered by inefficient water use

Texas Water RightsBy Mike Barnett

Should my well be pumped dry to fill your swimming pool? That’s the million dollar Texas water rights question.

Texas landowners—concerned about their livelihoods and their private property rights—watch as the courts, and soon the legislature contemplate the use of this precious resource.

An influx of new residents could burst the Texas water pipeline. Experts predict a doubling of the state’s population in the next 50 years. Nobody’s predicting a doubling of water resources to meet those needs.

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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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Governing is choices and compromise. Let’s get to it!

Election Day is next Tuesday and with it, your chance to affect government.  We don’t do politics on this blog, but we do government. We criticize when called for and praise when earned.  Okay, I admit it.  There hasn’t been much to praise recently. 

Texas Farm Bureau: Governing is choices and compromise. Let’s get to it!

The debate on all the cable news shows is over whether or not government, at the federal level is “broken.” Well, Duh.  Of course it’s broken.  It’s never been more broken and frankly we’re seeing a lot of that in Texas government as well.

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