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Notes from Austin
(Texas Agriculture © 12/04/2009)
Congratulations and thank you to everyone who took an active role in showcasing the importance of private property rights in Texas through our successful "Protect Private Property, Vote Yes on Prop 11" campaign. Todd Staples, Commissioner of Agriculture, also deserves recognition for his strong leadership in a separate "PAC Off, It’s My Land" campaign. Texas voters, in response to agriculture’s efforts, passed Prop 11 with the highest percentage at 81.02 percent…

Resolutions Committee provides preview of TFB convention
(Texas Agriculture © 11/20/2009)
"After our experiences with eminent domain, property seems to be the thing at risk—either by takings or taxes," Nedbalek said. "Fortunately, Texas Farm Bureau had some good policy in place. A lot of the discussion fine-tunes to meet demands of the changing attitudes of the public."

Texas Farm Bureau plans 76th annual convention in Cowtown
(Texas Ag Daily © 11/20/2009)
Dierschke said the organization has unfinished business, and vowed the organization would eventually be successful in its now three-year battle to reform Texas’ eminent domain laws. “We celebrate the passage of Proposition 11 in November,” Dierschke said.  “But that is only a small part of what must be done to level the playing field between those that take property and the often mistreated property owners of Texas.”

Prop. 11 a step forward in property rights battle
(Texas Agriculture Talks © 11/04/2009)
Texans scored an “important but incomplete” victory by an overwhelming margin in the battle for private property rights with the passage of Proposition 11. The approximately 80 percent favorable vote is a clear message to the Legislature and the Governor that Texans are tired of eminent domain reform taking a back seat to political ambitions and business interests. But even with the passage of Proposition 11, Texas eminent domain laws still favor the condemner.

TFB president claims overwhelming victory on Proposition 11
(Texas Ag Daily © 11/04/2009)
Texans scored an “important but incomplete” victory by an overwhelming margin in the battle for private property rights with the passage of Proposition 11. The approximately 80 percent favorable vote is a clear message to the Legislature and the Governor that Texans are tired of eminent domain reform taking a back seat to political ambitions and business interests. But even with the passage of Proposition 11, Texas eminent domain laws still favor the condemner.

Statement by Bob Stallman, President, American Farm Bureau Federation, Regarding Ballot Measure Victories In Ohio and Texas
(FBNews © 11/04/2009)
WASHINGTON, D.C., November 4, 2009 – “Our congratulations go out to the Ohio and Texas Farm Bureaus this morning for the leadership roles they played in important and meaningful victories on ballot measures vital to the success of agriculture in both states. It’s clear that when voters have an opportunity to endorse straight-forward ballot language that supports traditional values and hard working farm and ranch…

Take a stand for private property rights
(The Cornerpost © 10/30/2009)
I’ve spent several years now traveling and meeting with fellow Texans all over the state, which has given the unique and often unfortunate perspective of seeing firsthand the horrors of eminent domain.

Proposition 11 in the stretch run
(Texas Agriculture Talks © 10/29/2009)
I read this week an endorsement from an obscure Austin paper that advised against voting for Proposition 11.  I will not mention their name here because I don't want to lend legitimacy to an irrelevant publication.  Like many newspapers these days, they may fail some day soon because they ignore public opinion at a time when many printed newspapers face incredible odds of survival.

Prop. 11 start of a new private property rights journey
(Texas Ag Talks © 10/16/2009)
Keep your eyes on Proposition 11. That’s the Texas Farm Bureau backed constitutional amendment which will stop the government from taking private property to give to another entity for the primary purpose of economic development or to enhance tax revenue.

Prop. 11 on ballot Nov. 3
(Texas Agriculture © 10/16/2009)
A yes vote for Proposition 11 on the Nov. 3 ballot is a vote to protect the rights of property owners, said Kenneth Dierschke, president of the Texas Farm Bureau. Passage of Proposition 11—the last constitutional amendment listed on the ballot—will stop the government from taking private property from one person to give to another for his or her personal gain.

Let your voice be heard on Proposition 11
(Texas Ag Daily © 10/16/2009)
Want to stop government from taking your property and transferring it to someone else? Texans have a chance to do that on Nov. 3 with a yes vote on Proposition 11, according to the president of the state’s largest farm organization.  The U.S. Supreme Court in the Kelo v. New London (Conn.) case in 2005 authorized eminent domain for economic development, but left the door open for states to make their own law preventing these kinds of takings. Proposition 11 is Texas’ response.

Early voting begins Monday
(The Cornerpost © 10/16/2009)
Early voting for the upcoming Nov. 3 constitutional amendment election begins Monday, Oct. 19 and will continue through Friday, Oct. 30. Eleven proposed constitutional amendments are on the ballot this year, covering issues from tax appraisals and university designations to veterans’ hospitals and eminent domain law.

Support Prop. 11
(The Cornerpost © 10/16/2009)
Sen. Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls) spoke recently at the Baylor CFB annual convention, urging members to vote yes on Proposition 11 in the Nov. 3 constitutional amendment election. Estes introduced last session’s eminent domain reform bill that won full support of his colleagues in the Senate.

TxDOT kills Trans-Texas Corridor... again
(The Cornerpost © 10/09/2009)
The announcement of a "no action alternative" by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) may effectively terminate one version of Trans-Texas Corridor-35, but Gov. Rick Perry’s massive transportation boondoggle still breathes as long as statutes authorizing its construction are on the books, said the leader of the state’s largest farm organization.

TTC: Is it really dead?
(Texas Ag Daily © 10/07/2009)
The announcement of a “no action alternative” by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) may effectively terminate one version of Trans-Texas Corridor-35, but Gov. Rick Perry’s massive transportation boondoggle still breathes as long as statutes authorizing its construction are on the books, said the leader of the state’s largest farm organization.

Texas voter registration deadline just days away
(The Cornerpost © 10/02/2009)
Most notable for Texas Farm Bureau is Proposition 11, in which Texans decide the fate of a proposed amendment. Proposition 11 would limit government’s taking of private property for economic development reasons in the Lone Star State; as well as require new entities seeking the power of eminent domain to be approved by a two-thirds vote of the Legislature, instead of simple majority; and require condemnation for urban blight to address each particular property.

A Vote for Property Rights
(Texas Agriculture © 10/02/2009)
"Protect Private Property" That banner is screaming from the cover of the Texas Agriculture. We designed that bold yellow, red and black message with a very specific purpose in mind. We want to grab your attention. We want you to go to the polls in early November. We want you to Vote Yes on Proposition 11.

2009 Constitutional Amendments
(Texas Agriculture © 10/02/2009)
Voters will decide the fate of 11 constitutional amendments on Nov. 3. Below is the actual language and a summary of each proposed amendment provided courtesy of the League of Women Voters of Texas. Texas Farm Bureau’s position is posted in boldface type at the conclusion of each summary.

Proposition 11
(Texas Agriculture © 10/02/2009)
Property ownership is a cornerstone of a free and productive society. Our state and nation were established on this very principle. With ownership, comes a whole bundle of rights that are attached to property.

Texas voter registration deadline just days away
(The Cornerpost © 10/02/2009)
Texas voters wanting to take part in the Nov. 3 election will need to be registered to vote by Oct. 5, according to the Texas Secretary of State. "The deadline is approaching, but there is still time to register if you have not already done so," said Secretary of State Hope Andrade. "It only takes a few minutes to fill out a voter registration application—or to update information if you have moved—to be eligible to cast a ballot in November."

Notes from Austin: Setting the record straight on CDAs...
(Texas Agriculture © 09/04/2009)
Transportation issues remain a high priority for Texas Farm Bureau, especially the ongoing battle to repeal the Trans-Texas Corridor (TTC). We have made significant strides, but this objective was not accomplished during the recently concluded regular or special legislative sessions. However, one issue associated with the TTC has received significant attention this year: Comprehensive Development Agreements, known as "CDAs."

Eminent Domain Reform revisited
(Texas Agriculture Talks © 07/29/2009)  Add your comments to the TFB blog today
How many of you thought the troublesome issue of eminent domain reform was over and done with? After all, there was a news conference in front of the Alamo claiming victory for property rights. Texas Farm Bureau was there. It was a victory, but a smaller one than some might say.

OPINION: Continue push for eminent domain reform
(Texas Agriculture © 07/03/2009)
This past Memorial Day was one I’ll never forget. It was a weekend full of tension and strife as the Texas House engaged in a very public war over voter identification.

Special session called in Austin
(The Cornerpost © 07/03/2009)
Eminent domain reform didn’t make the call, but Gov. Rick Perry did summon lawmakers back to Austin last week to meet on a limited agenda for a special session of the 81st Texas Legislature.

Continue push for eminent domain reform
(Texas Agriculture © 07/03/2009)
This past Memorial Day was one I’ll never forget. It was a weekend full of tension and strife as the Texas House engaged in a very public war over voter identification.

81st Texas Legislature Wrap Up - TFB keeps rural Texas in spotlight in Austin 
(Texas Agriculture © 07/03/2009)
Texas politics has never been a dull subject, and the 2009 regular session of the State Legislature definitely wasn’t any exception. But even as hundreds of bills ultimately met their demise in the final days of the session as members of the House pulled stall tactics to avoid debates over voter identification, Texas Farm Bureau was there, fighting to ensure that the interests of rural Texas aren’t overlooked by an ever more urban legislature.

Farm Bureau endorses Estes' SB 10 in Special Session
(Texas Ag Daily © 06/29/2009)
The Texas Farm Bureau today congratulated Sen. Craig Estes for introducing Senate Bill 10 for consideration in the Special Session of the Texas Legislature, which will convene Wednesday.  SB 10 deals with eminent domain reform, which was only partially addressed in the regular session.

 Farm Bureau endorses Estes' SB 10 in Special Session
(Texas Farm Bureau News Release, June 29, 2009)
TFB congratulated Sen. Craig Estes for introducing Senate Bill 10 for consideration in the Special Session of the Texas Legislature, which will convene Wednesday.

News Statement on Eminent Domain
(Texas Farm Bureau News Release, June 15, 2009)
TFB President Kenneth Dierschke says, "We are in firm support of HJR 14. Adoption by the voters of Texas will be a good beginning. However, it’s also time to finish the job."

Job not done on eminent domain
(Cornerpost© June 5, 2009)
The passage of House Joint Resolution 14 by State Rep. Frank Corte Jr. (R-San Antonio) in the closing hours of the 81stTexas Legislature accomplished some of the eminent domain reform sought by Texas Farm Bureau, but does not go nearly far enough, the organization’s president said.

Voter ID stalls eminent domain reform
(Cornerpost© May 29, 2009)
The president of Texas’ largest farm organization called on the Texas House leadership to suspend the rules so that Senate Bill 18, the eminent domain reform bill, could be heard in the House.


Property owners get ‘consolation prize’ on eminent domain reform
(Texas Farm Bureau News Release, June 1, 2009)
The passage of House Joint Resolution 14 by State Rep. Frank Corte, Jr. (R- San Antonio) in the closing hours of the 81st Texas Legislature accomplished some of the eminent domain reform sought by Texas Farm Bureau, but does not go nearly far enough, the organization’s president said.

TFB President to House Leadership – 'Don’t Let Eminent Domain Reform Die'
(Texas Farm Bureau News Release, May 27, 2009)
The president of Texas’ largest farm organization called on the Texas House leadership to suspend the rules so that Senate Bill 18, the eminent domain reform bill, could be heard in the House.

Texas Senate passes eminent domain reform bill
(Texas Agriculture © May 15, 2009)
The resolution of issues by the Texas Senate should clear a rocky road for legislation that offers true reform of Texas eminent domain laws, said Texas Farm Bureau President Kenneth Dierschke.

 SB 18 addresses diminished access controversy
(Texas Agriculture© May 15, 2009)
One overriding concern of Sen. Craig Estes and colleagues in crafting new eminent domain legislation in the 81st session was to come up with compensation solutions for landowners regarding diminished access.

Senate passes eminent domain reform bill
(Texas Farm Bureau News Release, May 4, 2009)
The resolution of issues by the Texas Senate should clear a rocky road for legislation that offers true reform of Texas eminent domain laws, said Texas Farm Bureau President Kenneth Dierschke.

Eminent domain reform needs your support
(Texas Agriculture Daily, April 30, 2009)
Texas Farm Bureau is urging members to contact their state senators and voice their support for Senate Bill 18, the eminent domain reform bill.

Eminent domain bill moves out of Senate committee
(Texas Agriculture Daily, April 23, 2009)
Texas property owners moved closer to meaningful eminent domain reform as Senate Bill 18 by Senator Craig Estes passed out of the State Affairs Committee on April 23.

Eminent domain reform debate continues
(Texas Farm Bureau News Release, April 21, 2009)
Texas Farm Bureau contends the current eminent domain reform debate will affect Texas private property owners.

Clock ticking on eminent domain reform
(Texas Agriculture Daily, April 3, 2009)
As the Texas Legislature passes the halfway point of the 81st session, the critical element facing eminent domain reform is time.

Texas Farm Bureau calls for eminent domain reform
(Texas Farm Bureau News Release, March 25, 2009)
As eminent domain legislation finally starts to move in Austin, Texas Farm Bureau stresses the need for reform to protect the private property rights of all Texans.

Eminent domain reform key to private property rights < A>
(Texas Agriculture Daily, March 22, 2009)
Most people have heard horror stories about eminent domain–or about people trying in vain to enforce their private property rights. Few, however, think such a thing could...

Notes from Austin: Your support needed for eminent domain reform...
(Texas Agriculture, March 6, 2009)
By Regan Beck, Associate Legislative Director — The Texas legislative session is in full swing and all the pieces are in place for eminent domain reform…

OPINION—Beware of eminent domain smoke screen
(Texas Agriculture, February 20, 2009)
By Kenneth Dierschke, TFB President — It may seem to you I’ve been writing about eminent domain a lot over the past few months. You would be right about that, but…

Estes files eminent domain bill
(Texas Agriculture, February 20, 2009)
By Mike Barnett, Editor — With the second brick on the path to eminent domain reform laid by Sen. Craig Estes on Feb. 10 in the form of Senate Bill 18, the outlook for fair …

Bullet train talks raise concerns
(Texas Agriculture, February 20, 2009)
Talks of reviving the old "bullet train" concept to address Texas transportation troubles are drawing fire from those closest to agriculture…

Eminent domain reform key to private property rights
(Texas Agriculture Daily, March 22, 2009)
Most people have heard horror stories about eminent domain–or about people trying in vain to enforce their private property rights. Few, however, think such a thing could...

Notes from Austin: Your support needed for eminent domain reform...
(Texas Agriculture, March 6, 2009)
By Regan Beck, Associate Legislative Director — The Texas legislative session is in full swing and all the pieces are in place for eminent domain reform…

OPINION—Beware of eminent domain smoke screen
(Texas Agriculture, February 20, 2009)
By Kenneth Dierschke, TFB President — It may seem to you I’ve been writing about eminent domain a lot over the past few months. You would be right about that, but…

Estes files eminent domain bill
(Texas Agriculture, February 20, 2009)
By Mike Barnett, Editor — With the second brick on the path to eminent domain reform laid by Sen. Craig Estes on Feb. 10 in the form of Senate Bill 18, the outlook for fair …

Bullet train talks raise concerns
(Texas Agriculture, February 20, 2009)
Talks of reviving the old "bullet train" concept to address Texas transportation troubles are drawing fire from those closest to agriculture…

What's in a name?
(Texas Agriculture, February 6, 2009)
By Matt Felder, Field Editor — The name has been scrapped. The Trans-Texas Corridor (TTC) is no more. But that has done little to calm the fears of some Texas landowners…

OPINION—What a difference two years make
(Texas Agriculture, February 6, 2009)
By Kenneth Dierschke, TFB President — Few people thought much about eminent domain in 2007; except, of course, those who were affected by its abuse…

Eminent domain lines drawn in Austin
(Texas Agriculture, February 6, 2009)
By Mike Barnett, Editor — Following TFB President Kenneth Dierschke’s request that Governor Perry sign a bill that offers true eminent domain reform this session…

TFB outlines priority issues for 81st Legislative Session
(Texas Agriculture, February 6, 2009)
Property rights and transportation issues will be key watch areas for members of the Texas Farm Bureau as state lawmakers work through the 81st Legislative Session …

Eminent domain lines drawn in Austin
(The Cornerpost, January 30, 2009)
Following TFB President Kenneth Dierschke’s request that Governor Perry sign a bill that offers true eminent domain reform this session, leaders from across the state…

TFB: Constitution change a good first step
(The Cornerpost, January 23, 2009)
Governor Perry’s attempt to codify a current eminent domain law into the Texas Constitution is a good first step toward the true reform needed …

Farm Bureau sets state, national legislative priority issues for 2009
(The Cornerpost, January 23, 2009)
Property rights and transportation issues will be key watch areas for members of the Texas Farm Bureau as state lawmakers work through …

Notes from Austin: Eminent domain reform heats up as session nears... (Texas Agriculture, January 16, 2009)
By Regan Beck, Associate Legislative Director — Texas legislators are allowed to pre-file bills before the session even begins. A positive sign in Texas …

AgriCurrents: Highway revamp plan good news, but...
(Texas Agriculture, January 16, 2009)
The Texas Department of Transportation’s about-face on the concept of the Trans-Texas Corridor (TTC) is good news for all Texans…

Eminent Domain: Laws in need of reform
(Texas Agriculture, January 2, 2009)
By Matt Felder, Field Editor — Covey Neatherlin could only watch from his back porch as part of his life’s work, a pecan orchard planted more than 40 years ago…

The Year in Review
(Texas Agriculture, January 2, 2009)
The year 2008 was one of extremes for the farmers and ranchers in Texas. While Valley agriculture was inundated by floods, many parts of Texas suffered extreme drought…

OPINION—Eminent domain reform: Texans deserve no less
(Texas Agriculture, December 5, 2008)
By Kenneth Dierschke, TFB President — Demographers now project that Texas will gain four new congressional seats in the next census…

Straight Talk on Eminent Domain
(Texas Agriculture, December 5, 2008)
Texas Agriculture Editor Mike Barnett sat down with Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst recently to talk about prospects of eminent domain passage in the 81st Session.

Farm Bureau members gear up for eminent domain battle
(Texas Agriculture, December 5, 2008)
By Mike Barnett, Editor — Optimism is running high with the Texas Farm Bureau legislative staff that an eminent domain reform bill much like HB 2006 will pass …

Advisory committee critical of TTC I-35 concept
(Texas Agriculture, December 5, 2008)
By Mike Barnett, Editor — A citizens’ advisory committee agrees with Texas Farm Bureau that the Trans-Texas Corridor (TTC) concept needs to be …

Local leaders ready policy suggestions for 75th meeting
(The Cornerpost, November 14, 2008)
Two of the issues that will be at the top of the list when the Texas Legislature convenes in January—eminent domain and the Trans-Texas Corridor—reflected the sound…

Eminent domain reform to take center stage
(Texas Agriculture, October 17, 2008)
By Paul A. Cañada, Field Editor — The pressing need for more infrastructure to feed the water, power and transportation demands of a growing Texas make eminent domain…

Members prepare for 81st Legislature in Austin
(The Cornerpost, October 3, 2008)
Experts weighed in on critical issues including Sunset review of the Texas Department of Transportation, the Trans-Texas Corridor and eminent domain …

OPINION—Let’s waltz on important rural issues
(Texas Agriculture, September 19, 2008)
By Mike Barnett, Editor — Farm Bureau members dance to a different beat than that of the governor. That’s no secret. Our respective bands have played out of tune …

TFB surveys Texans’ opinions on agriculture
(Texas Agriculture, September 5, 2008)
By Mike Barnett, Editor — A high octane study to measure Texans’ attitudes about the issues important to agriculture and rural Texas was recently conducted …

Notes from Austin: Grassroots in a 2.0 World...
(Texas Agriculture, August 1, 2008)
By Billy Howe, State Legislative Director — At the Texas Farm Bureau County Presidents' Conference in Kerrville in July, the legislative department staff conducted …

AgriCurrents: Eminent domain survey results released
(Texas Agriculture, August 1, 2008)
After hearing from more than 1,000 city and county officials from more than 170 counties, Texas Farm Bureau is finding an overwhelming support among …

TxDOT announces rethink of proposed I-69
(The Cornerpost, June 13, 2008)
Texas farmers and ranchers are hoping that the Texas Department of Transportation’s (TxDOT) recent announcement to make use of existing roadways …

TFB releases eminent domain survey findings
(The Cornerpost, June 6, 2008)
After hearing from more than 1,000 city and county officials from more than 170 counties, Texas Farm Bureau is finding an overwhelming support …

Notes from Austin: Land/Resource Management Committee holds interim hearing...
(Texas Agriculture, May 16, 2008)
By Regan Beck, Associate Legislative Director — The House Committee on Land and Resource Management held an interim hearing in Austin …

Notes from Austin: Interim studies in full swing...
(Texas Agriculture, May 5, 2008)
By Billy Howe, TFB State Legislative Director — Now that the primary election is over and we have four months until the general election really begins, the committees are …

TFB offers TTC alternatives at Senate hearing
(The Cornerpost, April 25, 2008)
Texas Farm Bureau offered several viable transportation and funding alternatives to the proposed Trans-Texas Corridor (TTC) in meeting …

Eminent domain, pipeline leasing talks come to Waco
(The Cornerpost, April 18, 2008)
Judon Fambrough from the Texas A&M Real Estate Center speaks on landowner rights and eminent domain…

Notes from Austin: Eminent domain trial lawyers protect property rights...
(Texas Agriculture, April 4, 2008)
By Regan Beck, Associate Legislative Director — Eminent domain trial lawyers have been portrayed in a very negative light during our efforts to reform …

TTC: A special report from the Texas Farm Bureau
(Texas Agriculture, April 4, 2008)
Third of three parts — No one issue in recent history has rallied the ranks of Texas landowners quite like the controversial Trans-Texas Corridor (TTC)…

OPINION—A private property bill of rights
(Texas Agriculture, March 21, 2008)
By Todd Staples, Texas Commissioner of Agriculture — It is a good bet if something is mentioned twice—if repeated—it is most likely a significant issue…

TTC...A special report from the Texas Farm Bureau
(Texas Agriculture, March 21, 2008)
Second of three parts — Long before the nightmare even had a name, several key pieces of legislation were introduced and passed, paving the way …

TFB blasts I-69 environmental impact study
(The Cornerpost, March 14, 2008)
Dierschke said the state needs additional highways but Farm Bureau is concerned about the lost farm and ranch land along the proposed route…

Notes from Austin: TTC: Now, it’s the People’s turn!
(Texas Agriculture, March 7, 2008)
By Billy Howe, State Legislative Director — For five years, the people of Texas, including the members of Texas Farm Bureau, have made it clear that they do not …

OPINION—Keep eminent domain a local issue
(Texas Agriculture, March 7, 2008)
By Kenneth Dierschke, TFB President — As Texas Farm Bureau leaders, we have many issues that can occupy our time. With that said, I have been …

TTC: A special report from the Texas Farm Bureau
(Texas Agriculture, March 7, 2008)
First of three parts — Between less-than-transparent contracts negotiated with foreign firms and plans that could grab thousands of acres …

TTC: ‘This ain’t it!’
(Texas Agriculture, February 15, 2008)
By Mike Barnett, Editor — "We may need new highways, but this ain’t it." That was the thought shared with Texas Farm Bureau leaders at …

Kolkhorst on TTC plan: ‘This ain’t it’
(The Cornerpost, February 15, 2008)
State Rep. Lois Kolkhorst of Brenham summed up Gov. Rick Perry’s controversial Trans-Texas Corridor (TTC) plan quite succinctly …

Over 300 attend Leadership Conference
(The Cornerpost, February 1, 2008)
We have the opportunity to lay the groundwork and shore up support for a fair and realistic eminent domain bill to be presented early in the 2009 legislative session …

Notes from Austin—TTC: Here’s your chance to speak out!
(Texas Agriculture, February 1, 2008)
By Warren E. Mayberry, TFB Associate Legislative Director — Perhaps a change is truly happening at the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT)…

OPINION—Eminent domain battle not yet done
(Texas Agriculture, January 4, 2008)
By Kenneth Dierschke, TFB President — Eminent domain reform was our top legislative priority in Austin. It looked very much like an important milestone victory, until…

2007: A great Farm Bureau year
(Texas Agriculture, January 4, 2008)
Legislation was overwhelmingly passed in the Texas House and Senate that would have provided Texans with the strongest property rights protections in the country…

Eminent domain battle far from finished
(The Cornerpost, January 4, 2008)
As Farm Bureau leaders gear up for another busy year, Texas Farm Bureau President Kenneth Dierschke urged county leaders not to forget the urgent unfinished business…

Facts for You: Land use measure reconsidered in Oregon
(Texas Agriculture, November 16, 2007)
Oregonians head to the polls this month to vote on whether to roll back the unprecedented property rights they gave themselves in 2004…

Political summit explores rural Texas options
(Texas Agriculture, October 19, 2007)
By Mike Barnett, Editor — Rural Texas and agriculture fought some hard battles this past legislative session. Horse trading between urban and rural …

Proposed amendments on Nov. 6 ballot
(Texas Agriculture, October 5, 2007)
Currently, if a property owner would like to purchase property that was taken by eminent domain, the law requires the entity that owns the property to sell it for current …

TTC publicity campaign blasted
(Texas Agriculture, September 7, 2007)
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has launched a multimillion dollar public relations campaign in an effort to build support…

TxDOT officials launch new TTC campaign
(The Cornerpost, August 24, 2007)
In an effort to build support behind the divisive Trans-Texas Corridor (TTC), the Texas Department of Transportation has launched a multimillion dollar campaign …

OPINION—Governor’s veto explanation misses mark
(Texas Agriculture, August 3, 2007)
By Kenneth Dierschke, TFB President — Gov. Perry’s explanation of his veto of the eminent domain bill on editorial pages statewide was almost as astonishing …

TFB: Perry’s veto explanation falls short
(The Cornerpost, July 13, 2007)
Following a flood of criticisms from a number of groups in the wake of the veto of HB 2006, Gov. Rick Perry turned to the editorial pages of Texas’ major…

AgriCurrents: Eminent domain bill dies with veto
(Texas Agriculture, July 6, 2007)
Perhaps the biggest disappointment to the 2007 session came when Gov. Rick Perry vetoed HB 2006 authored by Rep. Beverly Woolley of Houston…

80th Texas Legislature Wrap Up
(Texas Agriculture, July 6, 2007)
From property rights and public education to commercial agriculture production and transportation, Texas Farm Bureau weighed in on a number of issues…

Eminent domain bill dies with veto
(The Cornerpost, June 22, 2007)
Gov. Rick Perry vetoed HB 2006, what many state agricultural groups dubbed "one of the most important pieces of private property rights legislation in more than a decade."

Take action on eminent domain!
(The Cornerpost, June 8, 2007)
Texas Farm Bureau legislative staff are asking that all county leaders take action today to encourage Gov. Rick Perry to sign off on HB 2006, the eminent domain reform bill…

Border fence draws criticisms at McAllen coalition meeting
(The Cornerpost, June 8, 2007)
A high ranking official of the Department of Homeland Security faced criticism from local officials over the controversial "border fence" as he addressed …

Eminent domain bill goes to governor
(The Cornerpost, June 1, 2007)
Texas’ largest farm organization is praising the Texas Legislature’s passage of a bill that includes significant reform of the state’s eminent domain process…

Pipeline Negotiations: It’s what you don’t know that can hurt you…
(Texas Agriculture, May 18, 2007)
By Bobby Horecka, Field Editor — Jerry Kasper is quick to say he and his family has been blessed. Growing up in South Texas, his demeanor and cadence…

Notes from Austin: Eminent domain bill goes to Senate...
(Texas Agriculture, May 18, 2007)
By Regan Beck, TFB Associate Legislative Director — The Eminent Domain Bill, HB 2006 by Rep. Beverly Woolley, has been voted out of the House …

Heat’s on as legislative session draws to a close
(The Cornerpost, May 18, 2007)
It may still be spring in Texas, but the heat is on in the Texas Legislature as the regular session draws to a close…

Eminent domain bill passes House, goes to Senate
(The Cornerpost, May 11, 2007)
The eminent domain bill, HB 2006 by Rep. Beverly Woolley, has been voted out of the Texas House and has been sent to the Senate…

Water woes: Plans for future fall on shoulders of private property owners
(Texas Agriculture, May 4, 2007)
By Bobby Horecka, Field Editor — Wayne Ryser grazes his hand along the feathery tops of what seems to be miles of waist high wheat nestled along the banks of the Lower …

Northeast Texas not only region facing reservoir designation issue
(Texas Agriculture, May 4, 2007)
With as many as 381 square miles of private land under the gun as part of the proposed Texas Water Development Board’s reservoir designation plan, property owners …

Notes from Austin: Eminent domain steams ahead in the House...
(Texas Agriculture, May 4, 2007)
The Eminent Domain Bill—HB 2006 by Rep. Beverly Woolley—has been voted out of the House Land and Resource Management Committee and could soon be…

TTC funding moratorium goes to governor
(The Cornerpost, May 4, 2007)
Governor Rick Perry should sign a bill that would establish a two-year moratorium on the controversial Trans-Texas Corridor (TTC), according to the board of directors…

Texas Farm Bureau steps up opposition to TTC
(Texas Agriculture, April 6, 2007)
Texas’ largest farm organization is once again describing the Trans- Texas Corridor (TTC) as a disaster for farming and ranching operations that lie in the potential path…

Reservoir projects opposed
(Texas Agriculture, March 16, 2007)
Plans on as many as 22 water reservoir projects involving more than 380 square miles of private property have Texas Farm Bureau urging lawmakers to consider …

House bills address eminent domain
(Texas Agriculture, March 16, 2007)
Several bills have been introduced in the Texas Legislature regarding eminent domain, one of Texas Farm Bureau’s top priorities this session…

TFB speaks against Trans-Texas Corridor
(Texas Agriculture, March 16, 2007)
While many strides were made in the previous legislative session in regards to Trans-Texas Corridor (TTC), farmers and ranchers feel there are still concerns to address…

Reservoir designation proposal opposed
(The Cornerpost, March 9, 2007)
Plans on as many as 22 water reservoir projects involving more than 380 square miles of private property have Texas Farm Bureau urging lawmakers to consider …

Notes from Austin: Eminent domain reforms filed
(Texas Agriculture, March 2, 2007)
By Billy Howe, TFB State Legislative Director — The legislative fight to reform eminent domain has started. A number of bills have been introduced …

TFB speaks out against Trans-Texas Corridor
(The Cornerpost, March 2, 2007)
Texas Farm Bureau took a stand against the Trans-Texas Corridor (TTC) when the McLennan County Farm Bureau president traveled to Austin to offer testimony …

OPINION—Eminent domain safeguards sought
(Texas Agriculture, February 16, 2007)
By Kenneth Dierschke, TFB President — Someone wants your land—your farm, your home or your business. You know that ultimately, under eminent domain, you…

TFB tackles state issues
(Texas Agriculture, February 16, 2007)
The single largest issue facing Texas Farm Bureau in 2007 will come in the form of eminent domain reforms, Associate Legislative Director Regan Beck said…

Meeting addresses oil/gas leases
(Texas Agriculture, February 2, 2007)
Most oil companies want to be good neighbors when they come to drill, but as in every profession there are a few "bad apples," said an attorney …

AFBF follows Texas in property rights fight
(The Cornerpost, January 12, 2007)
A Texas-size passion for private property rights carried over nationally as delegates at the American Farm Bureau annual meeting in Salt Lake City …

TFB calls for eminent domain reform, re-elects leader
(The Cornerpost, December 8, 2006)
Nearly 1,000 voices spoke as one for additional protections in Farm Bureau policy to deal with threats to private property due to eminent domain proceedings…

Notes from Austin: Legislature off and running—300 bills filed...
(Texas Agriculture, December 1, 2006)
By Warren Mayberry, Associate Legislative Director — The Legislature is off and running and bills on eminent domain and appraisal caps lead the pack …

Todd Staples: Getting to know Texas' new ag commissioner
(Texas Agriculture, December 1, 2006)
By Bobby Horecka, Field Editor — Private property protections need to go well beyond transportation plans, Staples says. "To take private property from one person and …

Notes from Austin: TFB leaders testify on eminent domain
(Texas Agriculture, November 17, 2006)
A joint committee of the Texas House and Senate met recently to discuss eminent domain. State Director Daniel Dierschke testified for Texas Farm Bureau…

Notes from Austin: Landowner protections crucial in growing Texas...
(Texas Agriculture, July 7, 2006)
By Billy Howe, State Legislative Director — We are all aware that Texas is growing and will continue to grow. The projections of our state doubling in population …

A Road to Ruin
(Texas Agriculture, May 19, 2006)
By Bobby Horecka, Field Editor — John Allen is definitely no stranger to the justice system. After 30 years in law enforcement, the last 18 as a Texas Ranger, he …

AgriCurrents: Story Update
(Texas Agriculture, April 7, 2006)
Remember Brian Adamek? We told the story of his land battle with the City of Victoria in the March 3 edition of Texas Agriculture. Although his hope of protecting …

South Texas farmer fights eminent domain for land
(Texas Agriculture, March 3, 2006)
By Bobby Horecka, Field Editor — When Brian Adamek bought a couple hundred acres of rich black land soil from his father two years ago, he says he was planning …

Landowners have few options in condemnations
(Texas Agriculture, March 3, 2006)
By Bobby Horecka, Field Editor — Texas landowners don't have many options when it comes to protecting their property when governments begin talking eminent domain…


Austin Capitol Update


Week 21
Eminent domain goes to a vote but more will still be needed

Week 16
Optimism high as support for eminent domain reform builds

Week 15
Real property rights reform bill passes State Affairs Committee

Week 14
Negotiations continue as bills remain in committee

Week 13
Clock ticking as bills linger in committee

Week 12
Senate State Affairs Committee eminent domain action due

Week 11
Texas Farm Bureau offers testimony before House committee on eminent domain reform laws

Week 10
TFB to testify on eminent domain bills

Week 7
Co-sponsors needed for SB 18 and HB 1483

Week 6
Rep. Jim Pitts introduces HB 1483
 
Week 5
Eminent domain Farm Bureau's 'big issue'
 
Week 4
SB 622 by Hegar focus is diminished access
 
Week 3
Compensation issues a must for eminent domain reform
 
Week 2
FB members 'talk up' eminent domain
 
Week 1
Many eminent domain bills are pre-filed