What is Proposition 1?
Proposition 1, also known as the Right to Farm and Ranch Amendment, is a proposed amendment to the Texas state constitution. Its purpose is to formally enshrine and protect the fundamental rights of landowners and lessees to participate in commonly accepted agricultural practices on their own properties.
The amendment, as stated in Section 36 of Article I of the Texas Constitution, ensures that individuals have the freedom to engage in various agricultural activities such as farming, ranching, timber production, horticulture, and wildlife management. This guarantees the continuation of these essential practices that have been integral to our state’s heritage and economy for generations.
This amendment is of particular importance now, as we see our state becomes increasingly urbanized with many local officials who may lack understanding of agriculture and who often prioritize tax revenue over agricultural needs. We have also seen certain municipalities enacting ordinances and zoning restrictions that limit or even prohibit the use of undeveloped land for agricultural purposes. Among other issues, these actions lead directly to a loss of open-space valuation as the required level of agricultural activity could not be sustained.
Election day is November 7, 2023, and Texas voters will have the opportunity to make their voices heard by casting their ballots in support of the Right to Farm and Ranch Amendment. Early voting will be available from Monday, October 23, 2023, through Friday, November 3, 2023, giving Texans ample time to exercise their right to vote and contribute to the future of agriculture in our great state.
We encourage all Texans to join us in securing the future of agriculture and preserving our rich agricultural traditions by voting in favor of Proposition 1. Together, let’s protect the right to engage in farming, ranching, timber production, horticulture, and wildlife management, ensuring a thriving agricultural future for Texas.
Please explore our website to learn more about the importance of Proposition 1, the benefits it brings to our state, and how you can actively support this important amendment. Remember to mark your calendars for November 7, 2023, and take advantage of the early voting period from October 23, 2023, to November 3, 2023. Your vote matters in securing the future of Texas agriculture.