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.

Texas Farm Bureau legislative grassroots advocacy

State Priorities: 86th Texas Legislature

Eminent Domain
Ensure property owners’ rights are protected under eminent domain law.
Water
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.
Taxes
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.
Land Use Regulation
Protect the rights of agricultural producers to engage in normally-accepted agricultural practices on their land. Oppose unnecessary regulatory authority over rural land.
Transportation
Ensure vehicle, trailer and driver’s license regulations do not adversely impact or burden agricultural producers or the agricultural industry.
Animal Care
Protect the ability of agricultural producers to utilize generally-accepted, scientifically-proven production practices for livestock, poultry and other animals present on agricultural operations.
Feral Hog Control
Support legalizing reasonable chemical controls for feral hogs. Support maintaining all current legal methods of controlling feral hogs.
Texas Department of Agriculture
Support the adequate funding of the agency by the Legislature.
Texas Farm Bureau legislative grassroots advocacy

National Priorities: 116th Congress, Second Session

Farm Bill
Ensure 2018 Farm Bill policies and hemp regulations are properly implemented.
Trade
Support passage of trade agreements that benefit agriculture and work to protect farmers and ranchers from retaliatory tariffs.
Taxes
Seek to extend and/or make permanent key agricultural provisions included in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
Ag Labor
Secure changes to the current agricultural guest worker program that address the farm labor shortage.
Property Rights
Support resolution of the border fence issue that recognizes the property rights of private landowners.
Truth in Labeling
Protect producers, animal agriculture and meat and dairy industries from misleading labels and deceptive marketing of imitation products.
Transportation
Provide relief for livestock and commodity haulers impacted by Electronic Logging Device (ELD) and Hours-of-Service (HOS) mandates.
Regulatory Reform
Work for comprehensive reform to the federal regulatory process to ease burdens on farmers, ranchers and landowners.
Rural Broadband
Expand rural broadband access to provide more opportunity for modern agricultural practices. 
Health Care
Work to make health insurance more affordable for the agricultural industry and rural Texas.