Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association


Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association TSCRA Insurance The Cattleman Magazine

March 27-29, 2015

Fort Worth, Texas

Convention Sessions: Valuable Insight, Exceptional Speakers

Opening General Session | Closing General Session | CattleFax Outlook
Drought Outlook | Association Promotion Committee


The Future of Rural Affairs in Texas and Oklahoma

Opening General Session

Saturday, April 5, 2014
10:00 a.m. t0 12:00 p.m.

The state of rural affairs in Texas and Oklahoma is at a crossroads. Drought, politics, development of energy resources, immigration and regional demand for water cause ranchers to take a hard look at their future.

How can ranchers navigate these challenges to find opportunities to grow and thrive?

What trends should ranchers watch to understand how to prosper and thrive in this complex landscape?

Our panel of leading state and national leaders will bring their unique insights to the Opening General Session to discuss these issues. Please join us for an engaging, upbeat look at the future of rural affairs in Texas and Oklahoma. Topics are likely to include water and drought, energy, politics, immigration and cattle industry and rural infrastructure.

General Session Panelists:

Moderator: Gretchen Hamel executive director
Public Notice
John Sharp
Texas A&M Univsersity System
James F. "Jimmy" Dodson, chairman
Farm Credit Bank of Texas
Robert R. Puente
president and CEO
San Antonio Water System

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Private Property Rights Town Hall

Surface Water Rights and Eminent Domain Reform

Saturday, April 5, 2014
1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Join us for a special town hall meeting on the fundamental issue of land ownership that never goes away – protecting private property rights. Two TSCRA committees combine to answer questions about surface water and eminent domain.

Whose Water Is It?
How has Texas' reaction to drought affected your surface water rights?
Hosted by: Natural Resources and Environment Committee
The ongoing drought in Texas has raised many important questions about surface water rights in Texas. Are your rights as a landowner impacted and if so, how? Come to this session to learn more about your surface water rights, the latest on how your rights might be impacted, and what you can do about it.

You Want My Land for What?!
Eminent domain reform continues to top TSCRA's issues list
Hosted by: Legislative and Tax Committee
Much progress has been made on eminent domain reform in Texas, but there is still much to accomplish to level the playing field for landowners. This session will provide landowners with updates and highlight issues that still need to be addressed in the future.

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Sponsored by
TCU Ranch Management

CattleFax Outlook

Saturday, April 5, 2014
4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Your 550-pound steer could sell for $225/cwt in 2014. Are you poised to take advantage of that possibility? Understanding why calves will sell this high, when is the most opportune time to sell calves and what pitfalls to monitor if market conditions change are the questions the CattleFax analysts study and answer daily.

Randy Blach, CattleFax, brings the state-of-the-industry review to the 2014 Cattle Raisers Convention. Don't miss this yearly favorite session to find out what's going on, what's at risk and how to manage and protect your bottom line.

5 lucky convention-goers will receive a free 1-year membership to CattleFax!
Must be present to win.

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Climate Update

Sunday, April 6, 2014
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.


Evelyn Browning-Garriss returns to the Cattle Raisers Convention to provide a global perspective on the drought lingering in cattle country. Browning-Garriss conducts unique research, looking at periods in planetary history when factors combined to produce weather patterns similar to those of today — and what happened next in the global climate shift.

Attend this session for a chance to win a 1-year subscription to The Browning Newsletter.
5 lucky winners will be selected! Must be present to win.

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Tune Up Your Life

Closing General Session

Sunday, April 6, 2014
12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

LaDonna Gatlin knows firsthand that we can't live someone else's dream. To be our absolute best, we must find our own voice and "sing our own song."

She has spent her career empowering people to "sing their own song" as well … from the inside out … through their words, their deeds, and their actions.

LaDonna is a contributing writer to the best-selling book series Chicken Soup for the Soul. In her own book, titled The Song in You, Finding Your Voice, Redefining Your Life, LaDonna shares her personal story in a very transparent (often hilarious!) way to craft an uplifting message.

This you-can-do-it guide offers practical, emotional, and spiritual insights gleaned from her experiences as part of a famous musical family and as a woman whose faith compelled her to walk away from untold riches and fame to "sing a different song" apart from her brothers, country music's legendary Gatlin Brothers.

With a finely tuned voice, sharp wit, and engaging communication style crafted over a lifetime of performing, LaDonna ignites audiences to boldly discover their passion, connect with their voice, and embrace a life of purpose and meaning.

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Association Promotion Committee Meeting

Friday, April 4, 2014
3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Chair, Association Promotion Committee

To Honor and Protect the Ranching Way of Life

TSCRA's membership has grown steadily in each of the last 6 years and is now at the highest level since 1987. The association's growth is the result of the interest each member has in honoring and protecting the ranching way of life.

Come join Dennis Webb, Association Promotion Committee chair, and the Regional Association Promotion Team leaders as they recap 2013's efforts and develop their plans for 2014.

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