Texas Agriculture November 20, 2015 : Page 4

TFB’s Edmiston co-chairs national beef committee Resolutions Committee addresses ag concerns Rollback taxes for agricultural valuation topped the list of concerns as the Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) Resolutions Committee discussed proposed policy changes for the state’s largest farm organization Nov. 2-3. The committee, made up of 39 TFB members representing all segments of agriculture, spent two days review-ing and consolidating more than 250 resolutions to state and national poli-cies proposed by county Farm Bureaus. The policy recommendations will be considered during the TFB’s 82nd annual meeting Dec. 5-7 in Arlington. Committee members proposed a re-duction in the number of years of roll-back taxes for agricultural valuation that will avoid any negative impacts on agriculture. Rollback provisions in state law exist to prevent the use of agricultural lands for tax advantages when there is no intent to use them for agricultural purposes. If the use of the land is changed to something other than agriculture, then property taxes and penalties from previous years are due. “Farmers and ranchers want to en-sure that agricultural valuation is not abused,” said TFB Vice President and Committee Chairman Dave Edmiston. Edmiston said the Legislature is set to study the issue before the next session. With their eye to the future, commit-tee members sifted through resolutions on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Additional resolutions proposed changes to the organization’s policies on transportation, chronic wasting disease (CWD) in deer and improving broadband Internet service in rural areas of Texas. On the national level, cottonseed classification and the Endangered Species Act (ESA) were the top con-cerns. Committee members proposed including cottonseed as an oilseed crop for the purpose of government program determination. “Classifying cottonseed as an oil-seed makes the crop eligible for pro-tection through farm bill programs,” Edmiston said. Resolutions adopted at the TFB annual meeting become policies that guide the organization throughout the coming year. National resolutions, if passed by voting delegates at the TFB annual meeting, will be sent to the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) annual meeting for consider-ation. Resolutions approved by AFBF delegates at the annual meeting in January will provide a roadmap for the national organization in 2016. The Lone Star State has a rich heri-tage in ranching and leadership. An understanding of both led to Dave Ed-miston’s appointment as co-chairman of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB) Export Growth Committee. Through this role, Edmiston will work with the U.S. Meat Export Federation to develop strategies for beef checkoff-funded programs to promote U.S. beef in foreign markets. “This is an opportunity to be more involved with our checkoff funds and to grow the demand for beef, bringing profitability back to producers,” said Edmiston, who is also Texas Farm Bureau’s vice president. Fellow co-chair, Morgan Evans from Idaho, will serve alongside Edmiston. In addition to his role as Export Growth Committee co-chair, Edmiston is a member of the CBB executive and budget committees and serves on the research working crew. He also serves as a board member of the Texas Beef Council and the Beef Promotion and Research Council of Texas. Edmiston is a third generation rancher with a cow-calf, wildlife and hay operation near Brady. The 2015 TFB Resolutions Committee convened Nov. 2-3 in Waco to review proposed policy changes from county Farm Bureaus (CFB) across the state. Row 1 (left to right): Russell Boening, TFB president; Dave Edmiston, TFB vice president and Resolutions Committee chair; Layne Chapman, Young Farmer & Rancher Committee chair; Robert Gordon, TFB secretary-treasurer; Michael White, TFB District 3 state director; Mark Chamblee, District 5 state director; and Larry Joiner, District 9 state director. Row 2 (left to right): Denzel Tevis, Ochiltree CFB; Jess Wieners, Carson CFB; Jerry Don Glover, Bailey CFB; Jay Johnson, Swisher CFB; Chris Cummings, Hale CFB; Dennis Shoemaker, Clay CFB; Kurt Lemon, Wilbarger CFB; Brad Fenley, Denton CFB; James Hudson, Denton CFB; and Aaron Looney, Grayson CFB. Row 3 (left to right): Sam Scott, Henderson CFB; Greg Spigener, Titus CFB; David Stubblefield, Mitchell CFB; Terry Caffey, Concho CFB; Jeff Kaspar, McCulloch CFB; Whit Weems, Erath CFB; Louis Insall, Burnet CFB; Bob Avant, Williamson CFB; Bill Ward, Limestone CFB; Jeff Boulware, Angelina CFB; and Kevin Counsil, Madison CFB. Row 4 (left to right): Travis Walker, La Salle CFB; David Kraft, Comal CFB; Jack Patterson, Kerr CFB; Gary Moriarty, Grimes CFB; Colt Christian, Walker CFB; Ray Arnold, Goliad CFB; Milton Lowak, Wilson CFB; Janice Ohrt, Victoria CFB; Donald Kelley, Hidalgo CFB; and Alan Wheeler, Kleberg-Kenedy CFB. N OVEMBER 20, 2015 Notable Quotables “Congressman Brady’s service on the Ways and Means Committee has been distinguished and has made a dif-ference for Texas farmers and ranchers. He has champi-oned eliminating the estate tax, resulting in a vote of the House to kill the death tax this spring. He understands the importance of tax certainty for small business and agriculture. He’s made sure we know the rules before the game starts. Chairman Brady understands the risky nature of farming and ranching and champions tax pro-visions that help them to stay current with technology.” —TFB President Russell Boening comments on longtime friend of Texas Farm Bureau—Congressman Kevin Brady—recently being named chairman of the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee. 4

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Resolutions Committee addresses ag concerns

Rollback taxes for agricultural valuation topped the list of concerns as the Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) Resolutions Committee discussed proposed policy changes for the state’s largest farm organization Nov. 2-3.

The committee, made up of 39 TFB members representing all segments of agriculture, spent two days reviewing and consolidating more than 250 resolutions to state and national policies proposed by county Farm Bureaus. The policy recommendations will be considered during the TFB’s 82nd annual meeting Dec. 5-7 in Arlington.

Committee members proposed a reduction in the number of years of rollback taxes for agricultural valuation that will avoid any negative impacts on agriculture. Rollback provisions in state law exist to prevent the use of agricultural lands for tax advantages when there is no intent to use them for agricultural purposes. If the use of the land is changed to something other than agriculture, then property taxes and penalties from previous years are due.

“Farmers and ranchers want to ensure that agricultural valuation is not abused,” said TFB Vice President and Committee Chairman Dave Edmiston.

Edmiston said the Legislature is set to study the issue before the next session.

With their eye to the future, committee members sifted through resolutions on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

Additional resolutions proposed changes to the organization’s policies on transportation, chronic wasting disease (CWD) in deer and improving broadband Internet service in rural areas of Texas.

On the national level, cottonseed classification and the Endangered Species Act (ESA) were the top concerns. Committee members proposed including cottonseed as an oilseed crop for the purpose of government program determination.

“Classifying cottonseed as an oilseed makes the crop eligible for protection through farm bill programs,” Edmiston said.

Resolutions adopted at the TFB annual meeting become policies that guide the organization throughout the coming year. National resolutions, if passed by voting delegates at the TFB annual meeting, will be sent to the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) annual meeting for consideration. Resolutions approved by AFBF delegates at the annual meeting in January will provide a roadmap for the national organization in 2016.

TFB’s Edmiston co-chairs national beef committee

The Lone Star State has a rich heritage in ranching and leadership. An understanding of both led to Dave Edmiston’s appointment as co-chairman of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB) Export Growth Committee.

Through this role, Edmiston will work with the U.S. Meat Export Federation to develop strategies for beef checkoff-funded programs to promote U.S. beef in foreign markets.

“This is an opportunity to be more involved with our checkoff funds and to grow the demand for beef, bringing profitability back to producers,” said Edmiston, who is also Texas Farm Bureau’s vice president.

Fellow co-chair, Morgan Evans from Idaho, will serve alongside Edmiston.

In addition to his role as Export Growth Committee co-chair, Edmiston is a member of the CBB executive and budget committees and serves on the research working crew. He also serves as a board member of the Texas Beef Council and the Beef Promotion and Research Council of Texas.

Edmiston is a third generation rancher with a cow-calf, wildlife and hay operation near Brady.

Notable Quotables

“Congressman Brady’s service on the Ways and Means Committee has been distinguished and has made a difference for Texas farmers and ranchers. He has championed eliminating the estate tax, resulting in a vote of the House to kill the death tax this spring. He understands the importance of tax certainty for small business and agriculture. He’s made sure we know the rules before the game starts. Chairman Brady understands the risky nature of farming and ranching and champions tax provisions that help them to stay current with technology.”

—TFB President Russell Boening comments on longtime friend of Texas Farm Bureau—Congressman Kevin Brady—recently being named chairman of the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee.

Read the full article at http://texasagriculture.texasfarmbureau.org/article/AgriCurrents/2333372/282939/article.html.

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