By: Springer (Senate Sponsor - Perry) H.C.R. No. 31
         (In the Senate - Received from the House April 18, 2017;
  May 1, 2017, read first time and referred to Committee on
  Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs; May 10, 2017, reported
  favorably by the following vote:  Yeas 7, Nays 0; May 10, 2017, sent
  to printer.)
  WHEREAS, Among the most urgent and costly issues facing Texas
  is drought, which recently has caused a number of crop failures on
  irrigated land; those occurrences have highlighted the necessity
  for policies that promote responsible water usage and water
  conservation; and
         WHEREAS, The Federal Crop Insurance Corporation, managed by
  the Risk Management Agency of the United States Department of
  Agriculture, supports the economic stability of agriculture
  through its crop insurance program, which assists American farmers
  and agricultural entities in managing risk and the threat of
  natural disasters; in the event of a crop failure, however, current
  FCIC policy requires farmers to demonstrate good faith practices,
  which include watering the failed crop, in order to qualify for
  insurance benefits; and
         WHEREAS, The USDA could further help sustain the agricultural
  industry and our precious water resources by developing provisions
  that encourage water conservation when crop failures occur; now,
  therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the 85th Legislature of the State of Texas
  hereby respectfully urge the United States Congress to encourage
  the U.S. Department of Agriculture to revise existing policies that
  promote the waste of water after an irrigated crop has been declared
  a failure; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That the Texas secretary of state forward official
  copies of this resolution to the president of the United States, to
  the secretary of agriculture, to the president of the Senate and the
  speaker of the House of Representatives of the Congress of the
  United States, to the chair of the House Committee on Agriculture
  and the chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition,
  and Forestry, and to all members of the Texas delegation to Congress
  with the request that this resolution be officially entered in the
  Congressional Record as a memorial to the Congress of the United
  States of America.
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