Eye of Truth
Lobbyist Report for Texas Farm Bureau

Texas Farm Bureau

P.O. BOX 2689 WACO, TX 76702-2689

USA

Lobbying on the following issues:

IMMIGRATION AGRICULTURE TRADE (DOMESTIC/FOREIGN) TRANSPORTATION TAXATION/INTERNAL REVENUE CODE FOOD INDUSTRY (SAFETY, LABELING, ETC.) ENVIRONMENT/SUPERFUND

TFB advocated for a new agricultural guest worker program for farmers and ranchers. TFB is seeking comprehensive reform to our agricultural guest worker program, known as H-2A. Without adequate procedures in place for producers to secure workers in a timely manner, producers are at risk of losing perishable crops.

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Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) advocated for seamless implementation of H.R. 2, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018. It provides adequate crop insurance for all major commodities and other programs benefiting agriculture production. TFB opposed budget cuts to agriculture. TFB urged Congressional leaders to take swift action on the cattle fever tick issue facing ranchers and landowners in the southern region of Texas. TFB advocated for additional funding to help provide adequate resources to combat the problems TFB members are facing due to the fever tick.

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TFB supports increased access to foreign markets for agricultural products through international trade. TFB supports the United States, Mexico, Canada Agreement (USMCA) and updates to the agreement that would provide progress. TFB weighed in on the Trump Administrations trade tariffs on China, Canada and Mexico. TFB relayed to legislators that we are monitoring the trade issue and want to make sure the trade issues with China, Canada and Mexico do not negatively impact farmers and ranchers. However, TFB does believe in making other countries abide by the same standards as the U.S. in current trade pacts.

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TFB supports any relief that can be provided from Congress on the Electronic Logging Device mandate that was implemented in December 2017. TFB continues supporting provisions and legislation to exempt all agricultural industries. The bills TFB supports and advocated for are H.R. 1697, H.R. 1698 and H.R. 1673.

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TFB pushed to make tax reform provisions important to farmers and ranchers a permanent part of the tax code. Tax reform is a top priority for TFB and making provisions in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act permanent is important to TFB members.

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TFB is concerned about the labeling of fake meat which is cultured in a lab or made from plants. TFB has told leaders in D.C. that inaccurate or misleading labeling of lab grown or plant products as meat poses a threat to agriculture and consumers that rely on nutrient dense, safe meat products. TFB asks for the USDA to oversee the food safety aspects and labeling of these products.

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TFB advocated for the EPAs new Clean Water Rule. TFB told leaders in D.C. that the implementation of the rule is critical to safeguard against the 2015 Waters of the U.S. rule which would have infringed on farmers, ranchers and landowners property rights. TFB weighed in on Worker Protection Standards (WPS) provisions included in the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act (PRIA), which reauthorizes PRIA for 5 years. TFB worked with leaders in Congress on an effort to reduce government regulations that currently have a negative impact on farmers who apply certain pesticides.

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Lobbyists:

BECK, REGAN
ADAMS, LARAMIE

Foreign Entities:

Foreign Entity Name:
Bavarian Nordic A/S
Country :
DENMARK
Contribution :
$200,000



Lobbying on the following issues:

ANIMALS IMMIGRATION TRANSPORTATION FOOD INDUSTRY (SAFETY, LABELING, ETC.) TRADE (DOMESTIC/FOREIGN) TAXATION/INTERNAL REVENUE CODE ENVIRONMENT/SUPERFUND AGRICULTURE

TFB supported H.R. 3655, the Livestock Protection Act, which allows for farmers to obtain permits that authorize the taking of black vultures. This legislation would allow the Secretary of the Interior, in conjunction with the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, to issue depredation permits to livestock farmers authorizing the taking of black vultures otherwise prohibited by law to prevent damage to livestock during calving and lambing season.

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TFB advocated for a new agricultural guest worker program for farmers and ranchers. TFB is seeking comprehensive reform to our agricultural guest worker program, known as H-2A. Without adequate procedures in place for producers to secure workers in a timely manner, producers are at risk of losing perishable crops.

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TFB supports any relief that can be provided from Congress on the Electronic Logging Device mandate that was implemented in December 2017. TFB continues supporting provisions and legislation to exempt all agricultural industries. The bills TFB supports and advocated for are H.R. 1697, H.R. 1698 and H.R. 1673. TFB opposed legislation that would raise minimum insurance levels for CMVs from $750,000 to $4.9 million. H.R. 3781, known as the INSURANCE Act, would be devastating for small-business truckers who would see their premiums triple within a year.

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TFB is concerned about the labeling of fake meat which is cultured in a lab or made from plants. TFB has told leaders in D.C. that inaccurate or misleading labeling of lab grown or plant products as meat poses a threat to agriculture and consumers that rely on nutrient dense, safe meat products. TFB asks for the USDA to oversee the food safety aspects and labeling of these products.

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TFB supports increased access to foreign markets for agricultural products through international trade. TFB supports the United States, Mexico, Canada Agreement (USMCA) and updates to the agreement that would provide progress. TFB weighed in on the Trump Administrations trade tariffs on China, Canada and Mexico. TFB relayed to legislators that we are monitoring the trade issue and want to make sure the trade issues with China, Canada and Mexico do not negatively impact farmers and ranchers. However, TFB does believe in making other countries abide by the same standards as the U.S. in current trade pacts.

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TFB pushed to make tax reform provisions important to farmers and ranchers a permanent part of the tax code. Tax reform is a top priority for TFB and making provisions in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act permanent is important to TFB members.

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TFB advocated for the EPAs new Clean Water Rule. TFB told leaders in D.C. that the implementation of the rule is critical to safeguard against the 2015 Waters of the U.S. rule which would have infringed on farmers, ranchers and landowners property rights.

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Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) advocated for seamless implementation of H.R. 2, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018. It provides adequate crop insurance for all major commodities and other programs benefiting agriculture production. TFB opposed budget cuts to agriculture. TFB urged Congressional leaders to take swift action on the cattle fever tick issue facing ranchers and landowners in the southern region of Texas. TFB advocated for additional funding to help provide adequate resources to combat the problems TFB members are facing due to the fever tick.

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Lobbyists:

BECK, REGAN
HOWE, BILLY
ADAMS, LARAMIE

Foreign Entities:

Foreign Entity Name :
WPP PLC
Country :
UNITED KINGDOM
Contribution :
$4,000
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Foreign Entity Name :
Avon Products, Inc.
Country :



Lobbying on the following issues:

TRANSPORTATION ENVIRONMENT/SUPERFUND BUDGET/APPROPRIATIONS IMMIGRATION FOOD INDUSTRY (SAFETY, LABELING, ETC.) TAXATION/INTERNAL REVENUE CODE AGRICULTURE ANIMALS TRADE (DOMESTIC/FOREIGN) DISASTER PLANNING/EMERGENCIES

TFB supports any relief that can be provided from Congress on the Electronic Logging Device mandate that was implemented in December 2017. TFB continues supporting provisions and legislation to exempt all agricultural industries. TFB opposed legislation that would raise minimum insurance levels for CMVs from $750,000 to $4.9 million. H.R. 3781, known as the INSURANCE Act, would be devastating for small-business truckers who would see their premiums triple within a year.

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TFB advocated for the EPAs new Clean Water Rule. TFB told leaders in D.C. that the implementation of the rule is critical to safeguard against the 2015 Waters of the U.S. rule which would have infringed on farmers, ranchers and landowners property rights.

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TFB advocated for various animal health provisions to be included in the Fiscal Year 2021 Agricultural Appropriations. These provisions would help farmer and ranchers dealing with the cattle fever tick and feral hogs. It would also create additional resources for Agricultural Research Services and the Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service to help combat animal pests.

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TFB advocated for a new agricultural guest worker program for farmers and ranchers. TFB is seeking comprehensive reform to our agricultural guest worker program, known as H-2A. TFB advocated for changes to H.R. 5038, the Farm Workforce Modernization Act to align with Farm Bureau policy.

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TFB is concerned about the labeling of fake meat which is cultured in a lab or made from plants. TFB has told leaders in D.C. that inaccurate or misleading labeling of lab grown or plant products as meat poses a threat to agriculture and consumers that rely on nutrient dense, safe meat products. TFB asks for the USDA to oversee the food safety aspects and labeling of these products.

-

TFB pushed to make tax reform provisions important to farmers and ranchers a permanent part of the tax code. Tax reform is a top priority for TFB and making provisions in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act permanent is important to TFB members.

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TFB advocated for seamless implementation of H.R. 2, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018. It provides adequate crop insurance for all major commodities and other programs benefiting agriculture production. TFB opposed budget cuts to agriculture.

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TFB supported H.R. 3655, the Livestock Protection Act, which allows for farmers to obtain permits that authorize the taking of black vultures. This legislation would allow the Secretary of the Interior, in conjunction with the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, to issue depredation permits to livestock farmers authorizing the taking of black vultures otherwise prohibited by law to prevent damage to livestock during calving and lambing season.

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TFB supports increased access to foreign markets for agricultural products through international trade. TFB supported the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and is working to ensure it is implemented. TFB weighed in on trade tariffs on China. TFB relayed to legislators that we are monitoring the China trade issue. However, TFB does believe in making other countries abide by the same standards as the U.S. in current trade pacts.

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Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) members have struggled through the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and TFB has worked to provide relief through S. 3548, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. TFB supported additional emergency funding for agriculture and worked with Congressional offices to ensure relief was provided.

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Lobbyists:

BECK, REGAN
HOWE, BILLY
ADAMS, LARAMIE



Lobbying on the following issues:

AGRICULTURE TAXATION/INTERNAL REVENUE CODE IMMIGRATION TRANSPORTATION ENVIRONMENT/SUPERFUND TRADE (DOMESTIC/FOREIGN)

Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) supported final passage of H.R. 2, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018. It provides adequate crop insurance for all major commodities and other programs benefiting agriculture production. TFB opposed further cuts to the federal crop insurance program or to Title I commodity programs. TFB urged Congressional leaders to take swift action on the cattle fever tick issue facing ranchers and landowners in the southern region of Texas. TFB advocated for additional funding to help provide adequate resources to combat the problems TFB members are facing due to the fever tick. TFB worked to include an amendment in the farm bill to allow producers to use ELAP for gathering for inspection of cattle.

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TFB supported H.R. 6760, Protecting Family and Small Business Tax Cuts Act of 2018., a bill that would make tax reform provisions important to farmers and ranchers a permanent part of the tax code. Tax reform is a top priority for TFB and making provisions in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act permanent is important to TFB members.

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TFB advocated for a new agricultural guest worker program for farmers and ranchers. TFB is seeking comprehensive reform of the agricultural guest worker program, known as H-2A. Without adequate procedures in place for producers to secure workers in a timely manner, producers are at risk of losing perishable crops.

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TFB supports any relief that can be provided from Congress on the Electronic Logging Device mandate that was implemented in December 2017. TFB continues supporting provisions and legislation to exempt all agricultural industries.

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TFB supports administrative changes to the Endangered Species Act (ESA) which will make it more workable for private landowners. TFB has visited with Congressional leaders about the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and NOAA Fisheries proposed revisions to portions of their regulations that implement key sections of the ESA. TFB is continuing to monitor proposed changes and keeping Congressional members and staff updated.

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TFB supports increased access to foreign markets for agricultural products through international trade. TFB supports the United States, Mexico, Canada Agreement (USMCA) and updates to the agreement that would provide progress. TFB weighed in on the Trump Administrations trade tariffs on China, Canada and Mexico and retaliatory tariffs. TFB relayed to legislators that we are monitoring the trade issue and want to make sure the trade issues with China, Canada and Mexico do not negatively impact farmers and ranchers. However, TFB does believe in making other countries abide by the same standards as the U.S. in current trade pacts.

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Lobbyists:

BECK, REGAN
ADAMS, LARAMIE

Foreign Entities:

Foreign Entity Name:
E.ON AG
Country :
DENMARK
Contribution :
$0



Lobbying on the following issues:

TRANSPORTATION TRADE (DOMESTIC/FOREIGN) TAXATION/INTERNAL REVENUE CODE FOOD INDUSTRY (SAFETY, LABELING, ETC.) AGRICULTURE IMMIGRATION ENVIRONMENT/SUPERFUND

TFB supports any relief that can be provided from Congress on the Electronic Logging Device mandate that was implemented in December 2017. TFB continues supporting provisions and legislation to exempt all agricultural industries. The bills TFB supports and advocated for are H.R. 1697, H.R. 1698 and H.R. 1673.

-

TFB supports increased access to foreign markets for agricultural products through international trade. TFB supports the United States, Mexico, Canada Agreement (USMCA) and updates to the agreement that would provide progress. TFB weighed in on the Trump Administrations trade tariffs on China. TFB relayed to legislators that we are monitoring the trade issue and want to make sure the trade issues with China do not negatively impact farmers and ranchers. However, TFB does believe in making other countries abide by the same standards as the U.S. in current trade pacts.

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TFB pushed to make tax reform provisions important to farmers and ranchers a permanent part of the tax code. Tax reform is a top priority for TFB and making provisions in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act permanent is important to TFB members. TFB supported H.R. 218/S. 215, the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2019 and requested Congressional leaders sign-on to the legislation. The legislation would fully repeal the burdensome estate tax. TFB advocated against a provision in a tax extenders package passed out of the House Ways and Means Committee that would prematurely end the $11 million per person estate tax exemption passed in the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

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TFB is concerned about the labeling of fake meat which is cultured in a lab or made from plants. TFB has told leaders in D.C. that inaccurate or misleading labeling of lab grown or plant products as meat poses a threat to agriculture and consumers that rely on nutrient dense, safe meat products. TFB asks for the USDA to oversee the food safety aspects and labeling of these products.

-

Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) advocated for seamless implementation of H.R. 2, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018. It provides adequate crop insurance for all major commodities and other programs benefiting agriculture production. TFB opposed budget cuts to agriculture. TFB urged Congressional leaders to take swift action on the cattle fever tick issue facing ranchers and landowners in the southern region of Texas. TFB advocated for additional funding to help provide adequate resources to combat the problems TFB members are facing due to the fever tick.

-

TFB advocated for a new agricultural guest worker program for farmers and ranchers. TFB is seeking comprehensive reform to our agricultural guest worker program, known as H-2A. Without adequate procedures in place for producers to secure workers in a timely manner, producers are at risk of losing perishable crops.

-

TFB advocated for the EPAs new Clean Water Rule. TFB told leaders in D.C. that the implementation of the rule is critical to safeguard against the 2015 Waters of the U.S. rule which would have infringed on farmers, ranchers and landowners property rights.

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Lobbyists:

BECK, REGAN
ADAMS, LARAMIE

Foreign Entities:

Foreign Entity Name :
Philip Morris Brands Sarl (Parent company is PMI)
Country :
SWITZERLAND
Contribution :
$0
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Foreign Entity Name :
FTR Holdings S.A. (Parent company is PMI)
Country :



Lobbying on the following issues:

TRANSPORTATION ENVIRONMENT/SUPERFUND ANIMALS FOOD INDUSTRY (SAFETY, LABELING, ETC.) IMMIGRATION BUDGET/APPROPRIATIONS TRADE (DOMESTIC/FOREIGN) AGRICULTURE TAXATION/INTERNAL REVENUE CODE

TFB supports any relief that can be provided from Congress on the Electronic Logging Device mandate that was implemented in December 2017. TFB continues supporting provisions and legislation to exempt all agricultural industries. TFB opposed legislation that would raise minimum insurance levels for CMVs from $750,000 to $4.9 million. H.R. 3781, known as the INSURANCE Act, would be devastating for small-business truckers who would see their premiums triple within a year.

-

TFB advocated for the EPAs new Clean Water Rule. TFB told leaders in D.C. that the implementation of the rule is critical to safeguard against the 2015 Waters of the U.S. rule which would have infringed on farmers, ranchers and landowners property rights.

-

TFB supported H.R. 3655, the Livestock Protection Act, which allows for farmers to obtain permits that authorize the taking of black vultures. This legislation would allow the Secretary of the Interior, in conjunction with the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, to issue depredation permits to livestock farmers authorizing the taking of black vultures otherwise prohibited by law to prevent damage to livestock during calving and lambing season.

-

TFB is concerned about the labeling of fake meat which is cultured in a lab or made from plants. TFB has told leaders in D.C. that inaccurate or misleading labeling of lab grown or plant products as meat poses a threat to agriculture and consumers that rely on nutrient dense, safe meat products. TFB asks for the USDA to oversee the food safety aspects and labeling of these products.

-

TFB advocated for a new agricultural guest worker program for farmers and ranchers. TFB is seeking comprehensive reform to our agricultural guest worker program, known as H-2A. TFB advocated for changes to H.R. 5038, the Farm Workforce Modernization Act to align with Farm Bureau policy.

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TFB advocated for inclusion of disaster related assistance that would help farmers dealing with crop losses due to severe drought or rainfall. This assistance was included in the end of year Omnibus, which also included the Agricultural Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2020. TFB urged Congressional leaders to take swift action on the cattle fever tick issue facing ranchers and landowners in the southern region of Texas. TFB advocated for additional funding to help provide adequate resources to combat the problems TFB members are facing due to the fever tick.

-

TFB supports increased access to foreign markets for agricultural products through international trade. TFB supports the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). TFB weighed in on trade tariffs on China. TFB relayed to legislators that we are monitoring the China trade issue. However, TFB does believe in making other countries abide by the same standards as the U.S. in current trade pacts.

-

Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) advocated for seamless implementation of H.R. 2, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018. It provides adequate crop insurance for all major commodities and other programs benefiting agriculture production. TFB opposed budget cuts to agriculture.

-

TFB pushed to make tax reform provisions important to farmers and ranchers a permanent part of the tax code. Tax reform is a top priority for TFB and making provisions in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act permanent is important to TFB members.

-

Lobbyists:

BECK, REGAN
ADAMS, LARAMIE



Money Spent:

Amount Client Government Entities

$410,000

Apr 22, 2019

FIRST QUARTER REPORT

TEXAS FARM BUREAU

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
SENATE

$230,000

Oct 16, 2019

THIRD QUARTER REPORT

TEXAS FARM BUREAU

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
SENATE

$200,000

Apr 20, 2020

FIRST QUARTER REPORT

TEXAS FARM BUREAU

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
SENATE

$170,000

Jan 18, 2019

FOURTH QUARTER REPORT

TEXAS FARM BUREAU

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
SENATE

$170,000

Jul 17, 2019

SECOND QUARTER REPORT

TEXAS FARM BUREAU

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
SENATE

$170,000

Jan 20, 2020

FOURTH QUARTER REPORT

TEXAS FARM BUREAU

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
SENATE