From the Ground Up - Issues Facing The Texas Legislature

The Texas Legislature is in session.

The Board of Directors of Producers Cooperative traveled to Austin to visit with elected state officials about issues being addressed in the state capital that might impact agriculture.

“I think one of the things we’re trying to do as members of the House is to put in place the resources to be certain that our water plan can be moved forward. One of the biggest challenges we as ag producers have is making certain that all the issues with the drought don’t prevent us from being able to maintain our operations.”

Cecil Bell is a freshman state representative for district three representing Waller County and southern Montgomery County, and is also a cow/calf operator.

“Transportation is another big one. Certainly the benefit of the expansion in the energy sector which we’re all very thankful for, has been at some cost to some Farm To Market Roads. If you can get all of the people in a room, not just the industries talked about in a room, we all have an understanding of the fact that there’s a cause and effect to all things, so where we have our part of the cause we’ll work to be part of the solution.”

There’s a bill in the House that expands curriculum options for students and reduces standardized testing.

“When we talk about education House Bill 5 is a big step in the right direction for Texas because it allows our students to see relevancy in their education.”

And even legislators can use a sense of humor.

“One of the senior members came to me and said if you want to be successful in the legislature the thing that you have to do is that you have to make sure that you never get caught in any kind of a scandal, and I said, well, I don’t drink, I don’t play golf, and I brought my own woman. He said why did you come down here, and I said to go to work.”

I’m Kailey Carey looking at Central Texas agriculture, From The Ground Up.