The Texas Legislative Session Part 3

Last year Hurricane Dolly and Hurricane Ike took quite a toll on our state. Both storms blew boll weevils, major pests for cotton producers, north into areas that were pretty much free of infestation due to the Boll Weevil Eradication programs enacted all over the state. Senator Steve Ogden says that the legislature will find the money to re-start the program that is universally accepted as having been successful. Joe Brown has more in this week’s From The Ground Up.

"At one time it had some controversy about it but it’s been a pretty successful program all around over here not only because of the fact that yields have gone up, but people who normally don’t care about that seem to care about the environment and we’ve been able to make a case on how, what a big environmental advantage it is to reduce the amount of spraying that you have to do when you get rid of the boll weevils. It is not a controversial program over here any more."

Steve Ogden is the chairman of the Senate Finance committee and says that a number of complaints involving odors from chicken houses have gotten the legislature’s attention.

"“We’ve got legislation going through now to basically resolve the complaint. We’re not creating any new rules or regulations, but at least we’re requiring TCQ to get out there, listen to whatever the complainant has to say, and if the complaint is valid, do something about it, and I think I’ve got it written in such a way that the industry is not as upset about it as before, in fact. I think there’s very little opposition to the bill right now."

And finally, Senator Ogden said the legislature is going to commission an aquifer study so that rules and regulations used by ground water districts and based on science rather than politics.

"“We’re going to try and get a pretty good study going on the geology and the science, so that we’ve got basically some good scientific information with which to evaluate a lot of the rules and regulations of the aquifers. I know, people are afraid of that study because they think there’s an ulterior motive, but there’s not."

I’m Joe Brown, looking at Brazos Valley agriculture, From The Ground Up.

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