Hear. Learn. Act.
Informed members are strong members. TSCRA leaders take seriously their responsibility to inform our members about the issues of concern to ranchers and private property owners.
At the Cattle Raisers Convention, come to the breakout sessions that will be hosted by the standing TSCRA committees. Leaders of these committees meet extensively with members and TSCRA leaders and industry experts to distill the issues of the day into priorities for the association.
These committtees will bring experts and knowlegeable sources to the Cattle Raisers Convention breakout sessions for you to hear the issues, learn the facts and act in a way that is best for your business.
Keeping up with evolving technology and research into cattle care and nuture is the job of this committee. In 2013, committee members will monitor research to counter bioterrorism threats to U.S. agriculture, and will identify research prioritites and methods of funding that research.
Monitoring and protecting the health of the state's beef cattle herd, and by extension the U.S. herd, are the fundamental purposes of this committee. In their work to discover practical methods to prevent and control diseases, the priority issues for the committee members are to monitor the USDA Animal Disease Traceability implementation and the USDA tuberculosis and brucellosis framework rules.
Brand and Inspection
This committee supports the law enforcement work of the TSCRA special rangers. In doing so, committee members are responsible for studying new technology to help prevent and prosecute cattle theft. The committee members' priority issue is to monitor regulations regarding interstate cattle movement. This committee is also charged with developing TSCRA policy on border security issues.
Investigating programs that support an educated and adequate agricultural workforce is the job of the Labor Committee. Topping this group's priority policy list is state and federal legislation on guest worker programs. This committee also monitors the progress of a federal E-verify program for guest workers and the impacts of federal health care policy
Legislative and Tax
State and federal taxes and proposed legislation on a broad array of issues important to cattle raisers are key purposes of this committee. Specifically, the priorities for the Legislative and Tax Committee as we enter 2013 are to monitor progress on the next farm bill and to identify issues with laws and regulations regarding land use in extraterritorial jurisdictions, land use in unincorporated areas and land annexation.
Methods of marketing and the regulations that govern marketing are discussed in the Marketing Committee meetings. At the state level, the priority policy for this committee is to identify changes in truck weight regulations. This committee is also monitoring federal rule changes which may impact cattle raisers' ability to protect proprietary marketing information.
Natural Resources and Environment
Federal environmental regulations and the effects of statewide drought are just 2 of the areas which fall under the scrutiny of this committee. Priority issues to be discussed in 2013 are the impacts of Environmental Protection Agency regulations on ranching; the effects of corn-based ethanol production on cattle markets and cattle production; and how Texas will provide water to Texans.
Ranchers need diverse income streams to achieve profitability. For many ranchers, a robust wildlife marketing program is a major portion of annual ranch income. The Wildlife Committee is charged with monitoring the impact of Endangered Species Act regulations on private property rights. It also follows state agencies that manage the state’s wildlife population and monitors the statewide discusson on the ownership of native game species.