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Leadership and action will take us places

Leadership and action will take us places

By Russell Boening

These are excerpts from President Russell Boening’s address at the organization’s 82nd annual meeting in Arlington.

Texas Farm Bureau has demonstrated the ability to unite the farm and ranch families of Texas, in effect creating another kind of family—a people united by a common bond of belief and of mutual interest.

You’ve witnessed the organization working for Texas agriculture and many of you have been part of that.

We strengthened eminent domain laws. We’ve come a long way, but there is more to be done.

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Time to step up political activism

Time to step up political activism

By Russell Boening

Texas Farm Bureau President

It is my great honor to be selected president of Texas Farm Bureau by the voting delegates at our Corpus Christi convention. As that all sinks in, I’m eager to get started. We have a big job ahead, and there are many challenges.

To start with, it’s a legislative year. As a farmer, I know about taking care of the land and preparing the ground for a new crop. In only a few days, our elected representatives will return to Austin. That in itself is challenging, and we have to be ready. We will study the issues and develop relationships with state officials. Many of them have never been part of state government before. Others are now in a completely different role.

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Proposition 1 will drive funds to fix Texas roads

Proposition 1 will drive funds to fix Texas roads

By Mike Barnett

Texas roads were once the envy of the nation.

Ribbons of highway stretched from Beaumont to El Paso and Brownsville to Amarillo, smooth black asphalt that moved Texas motorists and commerce quickly from here to there. Rural roads were second to none, a web of Farm-to-Market highways that carried crops and livestock to markets to feed a hungry nation.

Something happened. People discovered Texas was a great place to live. They came in droves. 25 million Texans lived here in 2010. Expect 40 million by 2040.

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Private property rights are not optional

Private property rights are not optional

By Billy Howe
TFB State Legislative Director

Sometimes it seems people believe the legislature’s power is unlimited; that the legislature has no constraints on determining our state’s public policy, or the regulatory authority they can grant to state and local agencies.

However, it’s simply not true when it comes to private property rights.

Private property ownership and rights don’t come from the legislature. The courts determine if a landowner has a property right. Once that right is recognized, it is protected by the Takings Clause of both the Texas and U.S. constitutions. Both the court and the constitution provide the checks and balance to the legislature’s power.

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Has anyone else noticed?

Has anyone else noticed?

By Vernie Glasson

Something is “bugging me,” and I wonder if anyone else gets “bugged” as I do? That is, too many activist groups and so-called think tanks get the media’s attention by being naysayers!

You know the type. They are mostly boisterous and, often times, just plain rude. They are regulars on TV and radio talk shows, contributors to newspaper editorial pages and Internet jockeys. They rant on everything from backrooms to boardrooms and bedrooms to emergency rooms. We’ve got them, right here in Texas.

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