Reflections On The 2005 Texas Legislature

“The ranching industry or the farming business is still #1 or #2 depending on how you calculate it in the state, and 1 out of 5 people working in Texas are employed in the agri-business industry so there are still very important reasons that we continue to keep educating the people of the state of Texas about the importance of agriculture.”

The animal rights bills that were looked at by the house ag committee had exceptions for veterinarians and something termed normal agricultural practices.

“Three years ago we had a trailer load of cows get out at the vet clinic, and the vet called every one of us that was close to town and said to come gather them up. Is me roping a cow on the golf course because she’s tearing up town and already been through three flower beds, is that a normal agricultural practice? I mean there is lots of interpretation out there.”

The water fight has begun, and the legislature tried to set some ground rules during the last session. The chairman of house committee on natural resources exhibited some uncommon common sense.

“We have to educate people that grass will turn brown. It’ll come back after a good rainfall. It doesn’t have to be green all the time. You know, a luscious Florida St. Augustine grass does not have to be planted everywhere.”

And increasing the supply of water isn’t as simple as building more reservoirs

“You have to answer the question of why we should condemn someone’s property so that your grass can be green in the summer time.”

Stay tuned. 2006 is an election year.

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