Setting goals on state and national agriculture issues.

Issues important to agriculture and rural Texas. They are vast, complicated and misunderstood. That’s why the Texas Farm Bureau board—with direction from county Farm Bureau leaders throughout the policy development process—annually sets a roadmap for leaders and staff to follow. So those issues most important to agriculture and rural Texas get the attention they deserve.

State Priorities: 85th Texas Legislature

Texas Farm Bureau walks the halls of the Capitol, ensuring your grassroots voice is heard.

Ensure property owners’ rights are protected under eminent domain law.
Protect agricultural producers’ ownership in the crops they produce and deliver to a contract purchaser or a warehouse. Ensure that agricultural lien searches and notification procedures protect agricultural producers.
Protect the rights of landowners and agricultural producers to surface water and groundwater. Oppose legislation that attempts to take any constitutionally protected rights to water.
Ensure state tax policy does not adversely impact or burden agricultural producers or the agricultural industry. Protect the current state tax provisions that limit the burden on producing food, fiber and other agricultural products for consumers.
Protect the rights of agricultural producers to engage in normally-accepted agricultural practices on their land.  Oppose unnecessary regulatory authority over rural land.
Ensure vehicle, trailer and driver’s license regulations do not adversely impact or burden agricultural producers or the agricultural industry.
Protect the ability of agricultural producers to utilize generally-accepted, scientifically-proven production practices for livestock, poultry and other animals present on agricultural operations.
National Priorities: 115th Congress, First Session

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Support the passage of trade agreements that benefit production agriculture.
Support comprehensive tax reform, including the permanent repeal of the estate tax.
Support comprehensive reform of the federal regulatory process to ensure the right of agricultural producers and property owners to provide meaningful input and challenge regulatory proposals.
Participate in the formulation of the 2018 Farm Bill to ensure the concerns of Texas agricultural producers are addressed and an effective safety net is maintained.
Support the classification of cottonseed as an oil seed under Title I of the Farm Bill.
Defend against legislation that would reduce or eliminate access and/or use of approved agricultural technologies (GMO, feed additives, antibiotics, etc.).
Seek to resolve BLM claims of ownership of private property along the Red River border between Texas and Oklahoma.
Support comprehensive immigration reform that includes a temporary visa provision for agricultural laborers.  Support resolution of the border fence issue that recognizes the property rights of private landowners.