“There’s a number of issues facing Texas agriculture. This is one of them. This is one that our board, the Texas Farm Bureau, has identified as being our number one issue in the state.”
KENNETH DIERSCHKE IS PRESIDENT OF THE TEXAS FARM BUREAU, WHICH PROVIDES A VOICE FOR FARMERS AND RANCHERS IN THE TEXAS LEGISLATURE.
“ We have farms that have been in Texas, some private landowners, for 150 years, or even longer. When you go to taking these out for projects, massive projects, you go taking those out of production, we have to produce that food somewhere. And we think it needs to be produced in Texas.”
DIERSCHKE WORRIES ABOUT LAND BEING TAKEN OUT OF PRODUCTION.
“We need to keep as much as we can of our good production farmland in agricultural production. When we go and take the good land out of production, you’ll have to start relying on foreign countries for your food supply, and I do not think that the American consumer wants to rely on foreign countries for their food supply.”
OUR DEPENDENCE ON IMPORTS FOR FUEL IS OFTEN USED AS AN EXAMPLE OF WHAT COULD HAPPEN TO OUR FOOD SUPPLY.
“We’re relying right now on a lot of different countries for our energy supply, and they’ve got us right where they want us, so that’s one of the reasons eminent domain is so important. We think that we need to keep that farmland in farms and ranches, and keep producing a cheap supply of food for our customers.”
DIERSCHKE BELIEVES THAT THE SAME BILL DEALING WITH PROPERTY CONDEMNATION AND DIMINISHED ACCESS THAT WAS VETOED BY GOVERNOR PERRY WILL BE PASSED AGAIN BY THE 2009 LEGISLATURE.
“And we think we’ll get it done early enough in the session that it will be veto proof.”