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The power of the one-word argument

The power of the one-word argument

By Gene Hall

Here I am, trying to communicate complex ideas about the science of agriculture, navigating a broken political system and looking for serious people to debate in a serious way. Then, turn a rhetorical corner, start making progress, and you are bludgeoned with the deadly “one-word argument.”

I’d really like some help here. Looking for answers on immigration reform? NO! #AMNESTY!–in all caps shouting. Start laying out the overwhelming evidence supporting the safety and environmental benefits of biotechnology (GMOs) in food and you get–#MONSANTO!–as if that settled the argument.

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Winning all the Time? Not gonna happen

Winning all the Time?  Not gonna happen

By Gene Hall

Today we will compare our broken political discourse with our favorite football team. Mine is Texas A&M. I want to win. I want to go 14-0 and put a national championship trophy in the case. I want every Aggie possession to result in scoring. I refuse to accept that Aggie opponents score, ever again, or gain another yard. I want the scoreboard at Kyle Field to explode keeping up with Aggie points.

Now back to reality. Even though I would prefer undefeated seasons and championships, I am adjusted to the fact that it’s not possible all the time. Even vaunted Alabama lost two games last season. I can take pleasure in winning eight or nine of 12 games.

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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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