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TSCRA Cattlemen’s Column: The Condemnation Process – Not a Willing Buyer, Willing Seller Transaction

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:Kinsel Leslie 2014
April 28, 2016
Contact: Laramie Adams, cell: 512-922-7328

By Leslie Kinsel, TSCRA director, with Laramie Adams, TSCRA director of public affairs

There are many stories of citizens’ land being condemned by public or private entities using the power of eminent domain, and the stories are generally not good. When we go to Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) ranch gatherings and meetings, we hear from members who have had a pipeline, power line or another utility cross their property. Many have been unfairly treated and not justly compensated. As TSCRA hosts more ranch gatherings this year, we expect to hear more of these stories.

While successful efforts in the past have helped to improve the laws that govern the use of eminent domain in Texas, many landowners are still experiencing abuses by the entities that exercise this extreme power. In this interim between legislative sessions, the Texas Senate State Affairs Committee is charged with gathering and reviewing data on the compensation provided to private property owners in cases of eminent domain condemnation. TSCRA is working with other landowner organizations to gather this information.

Our family has had more than one experience where an entity condemned our property and did not act in good faith to take our land. In one case, a court awarded compensation that was over 600 percent more than the condemning entity’s first offer. In another, the condemning entity settled for approximately 10 times its first offer, but only after we had incurred tens of thousands of dollars in legal expenses to challenge the taking. In one case, two years have passed, and the condemning entity has taken possession and begun construction, but we have yet to receive any money, because the court process is still ongoing.

Further, as we review responses from an eminent domain survey TSCRA is conducting with other landowner organizations, it is obvious many others are dealing with similar issues with the condemnation process. One respondent said they spent more than 30 percent over the initial offer strictly on legal expenses. Another respondent said they did not agree that the offer from the condemning entity represented fair market value, but they accepted it anyway just to avoid legal expenses.

I share a few out of many real life stories to raise awareness about what takes place too often for many landowners. TSCRA continuously hears from ranchers and landowners who have been presented with lowball offers for their property from condemning entities. Landowners are often left with no choice but to accept these less than fair market value offers for their property because 1) they simply can’t afford legal action in the Texas courts, or 2) they know a legal challenge will require a good portion of their final award to go to costly legal expenses and will mean a long delay in receiving any compensation at all. On average, valuation disputes last between 3 to 5 years, and they can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal expenses.

Here’s an opportunity for you to get involved. First, we are asking members of TSCRA and anyone interested to complete the Eminent Domain Survey at www.tscra.org to share your experiences and to help us prepare for the 2017 session of the Texas Legislature. Second, please be willing and available to tell your story this next legislative session, because the other side sure will. Your survey answers will help to prioritize the issues on eminent domain. With your help, we’ll have objective information, and not just our opinion against theirs.

Using our state’s energy resources and developing infrastructure is vital to our economy and necessary to address our rapidly-growing state population. However, we believe this development must be accomplished without infringing on the constitutional private property rights of our citizens. The condemnation process is not a willing buyer and willing seller transaction. The burden falls on the private landowner and Texas law should better protect the landowner whose property is being seized.

TSCRA will continue listening to members’ serious concerns on eminent domain issues and work to address them throughout the interim and the 85th Legislative Session.

Leslie Kinsel and her husband Dan operate ranches in central and south Texas and are active members of Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA). Leslie was recently elected as a TSCRA director and appointed to the TSCRA executive committee. She previously served as the chair of the TSCRA Legislative and Tax Committee.

TSCRA News Release: Authorities Searching for Suspects in Cherokee County Equipment Theft Case

Bullard, Texas – Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger Jimmy Dickson and authorities with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office are seeking information on the theft of a skid steer worth approximately $45,000 from Kiepersol Enterprises located in Bullard, Texas.

According to Dickson, the theft occurred between April 1, 2016 and April . . . → Read More:

TSCRA News Release: Two Oklahoma Men Arrested for Cattle Theft

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 15, 2016
CONTACT: Laramie Adams
Cell: 512-922-7328

Sayre, Oklahoma – Two Oklahoma men were arrested Monday in Beckham County and charged with larceny of domestic animals and knowingly concealing stolen property after stealing a total of 22 cattle from an Oklahoma rancher and a Texas Rancher.

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TSCRA News Release: TSCRA Submits Comments on TAHC Rule Proposal on Fever Ticks

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 15, 2016
CONTACT: Laramie Adams
512-922-7328

Fort Worth, Texas – The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) submitted comments on Monday to the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) regarding the TAHC’s proposal to amend §41.8 of the Texas Administrative Code relating to the dipping, treatment and . . . → Read More:

TSCRA News Release: TSCRA Leaders Travel to Washington to Discuss Trade and Other Topics

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 12, 2016
Contact: Laramie Adams
Cell: 512-922-7328

Livestock Organizations Submit TPP Letter to Congress 

Fort Worth, Texas – Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) leaders and staff will be in Washington, D.C. this week making visits to Congressional offices to discuss the . . . → Read More:

TSCRA News Release: Winters Rancher to Serve as TSCRA President

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 11, 2016
CONTACT: Laramie Adams
CELL: 512-922-7328

New Leaders Elected 

Fort Worth, Texas – The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) announced Richard Thorpe, Winters, as their new president today during the closing session of the 139th annual Cattle Raisers Convention.

Thorpe was . . . → Read More:

TSCRA News Release: TSCRA Special Ranger Locates Carthage Cattle Thief in Ohio

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
APRIL 7, 2016
CONTACT: Laramie Adams
CELL: 512-922-7328

TSCRA Operation Cow Thief Hotline Tip Assists in Arrest of Suspect

Carthage, Texas – Marvell Galloway, 60, of Carthage, Texas was arrested Tuesday in Sandusky, Ohio after Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger Larry Hand received . . . → Read More:

TSCRA News Release: Bonham Man Arrested for Theft of Livestock

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
APRIL 1, 2016
CONTAT: LARAMIE ADAMS
CELL: 512-922-7328

Bonham, Texas – A Bonham, Texas man was arrested Wednesday at his residence for third degree felony theft of livestock after writing worthless checks to purchase cattle.

Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger Toney Hurley . . . → Read More:

TSCRA News Release: Authorities Searching for Suspected East Texas Cattle Thief

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
MARCH 30, 2016
CONTACT: Laramie Adams
CELL: 512-922-7328

Fort Worth, Texas – A $500 reward has been offered through the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Operation Cow Thief  hotline for information leading to the arrest of an East Texas man who stole . . . → Read More:

TSCRA News Release: TSCRA Special Rangers Catch Man in the Act of Stealing Cattle

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 10, 2016
CONTACT: Laramie Adams
CELL: 512-922-7328

Dalhart, Texas – Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Rangers Harold Dempsey and Dean Bohannon arrested a Guymon, Okla. man on Friday after catching the suspect in the act of stealing cattle from a Dalhart, . . . → Read More:

TSCRA News Release: Carthage Cattle Thief Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 1, 2016
CONTACT: Laramie Adams
CELL: 512-922-7328

Second Conviction in Carthage Cattle Theft Ring 

Marshall, Texas – A Carthage, Texas woman was sentenced to 12 years in prison on Monday after pleading guilty to her involvement with the Sept. 30, 2014 theft of 12 head of . . . → Read More:

TSCRA Cattlemen’s Column: TSCRA Remains Active on State Issues During Interim

By: Pete Bonds, President, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) 

The 85th Texas legislative session will convene on January 10, 2017 in Austin. This date may seem like a long time from now, however it will be here before we know it. We must keep in mind that pre-filing of legislation starts in . . . → Read More:

TSCRA News Release: Carthage Cattle Thief Sentenced to 35 Years in Prison

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Feb. 18, 2016
CONTACT: Laramie Adams
CELL: 512-922-7328

Marshall, Texas – A Carthage, Texas man today was sentenced to 35 years in prison after a jury trial for his involvement with the Sept. 30, 2014 theft of 12 head of cattle and ranching equipment from a . . . → Read More:

TSCRA News Release: Two More Arrests Made in ATV Theft Ring

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Feb. 16, 2016
CONTACT: Laramie Adams
CELL: 512-922-7328

Sulphur Springs, Texas – Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Special Ranger Toney Hurley, Sulphur Springs Police Det. Bo Fox, Lt. Rusty Stillwagoner and Seagoville Police Department authorities arrested two more suspects on Thursday who are connected to the . . . → Read More:

TSCRA News Release: Authorities Seeking Information on Freestone County Thefts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Feb. 12, 2016
CONTACT: Laramie Adams
CELL: 512-922-7328

Donie, Texas – Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger Jimmy Dickson and local authorities are seeking information leading to the arrest or indictment of a suspect or suspects involved in the theft of cattle and equipment in . . . → Read More:

TSCRA News Release: Peter Zeihan to Keynote Cattle Raisers Convention Opening General Session

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Feb. 10, 2016
CONTACT: Laramie Adams
Cell: 512-922-7328

Fort Worth, Texas – The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) today announced Peter Zeihan, geopolitical strategist and author of “The Accidental Superpower: The Next Generation of American Preeminence and the Coming Global Disorder,” will deliver remarks on Saturday, . . . → Read More:

TSCRA News Release: Convicted Cattle Thief Sentenced to 30 years in Prison

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Feb. 4, 2016
Contact: Laramie Adams
Cell: 512-922-7328

Coleman, Texas – Clinton Easter, 47, of Eastland County, was convicted on Thurs. Jan. 28 of two first degree felony cattle theft charges in Coleman County and sentenced to 30 years in prison. He will serve 30 years confinement . . . → Read More:

TSCRA News Release: Seven out of Possibly 22 Suspects Arrested in ATV Theft Ring

FOR IMMIEDIATE RELEASE
Jan. 1, 2016
CONTACT: Laramie Adams
CELL: 512-922-7328

Sulphur Springs, Texas – Seven out of possibly 22 suspects involved in an All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) theft ring were arrested in January 2016 on charges of organized criminal activity after allegedly stealing ATVs in Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma. Texas and . . . → Read More:

TSCRA News Release: Plainview Man Arrested for Theft of Six Calves

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Jan. 29, 2016
CONTACT: Laramie Adams
Cell: 512-922-7328

Plainview, Texas – A Plainview, Texas man was arrested Friday, Jan. 22 and charged with one count of third degree felony theft of livestock after stealing a calf from the Plainview Rodeo Arena. After the arrest was made, the suspect was . . . → Read More:

TSCRA Cattlemen’s Column: 2015 Dietary Guidelines Reaffirm Beef’s Role in a Healthy Diet

By: Dr. Richard Thorpe, First Vice President, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA)

On Jan. 7, The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) released the final version of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The report comes after the agencies deliberated over a year on . . . → Read More:

TSCRA News Release: Cisco Man Arrested for Horse Theft

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Jan. 19, 2016
CONTACT: Laramie Adams
CELL: 512-922-7328

Eastland, Texas – A Cisco, Texas man was arrested Jan. 12 for felony theft of livestock after stealing a horse from a rancher in Mason County, Texas.

This investigation was led by Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) . . . → Read More:

TSCRA News Release: Authorities Investigating Burglary of Raywood Livestock Market

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Jan. 15, 2016
CONTACT: Laramie Adams
CELL: 512-922-7328

Raywood, Texas – Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger Jimmy Belt and Liberty County Sheriff’s Office authorities are investigating the burglary of approximately $85,000 of equipment from the Raywood Livestock Market.

According to Belt, authorities received notification . . . → Read More:

TSCRA News Release: Liberty County Man Arrested and Charged with Theft of Eight Heifers

For Immediate Release:
Jan. 14, 2016
Contact: Laramie Adams
Cell: 512-922-7328

Dayton, Texas – A Liberty County man was arrested and charged with theft of livestock on Jan. 8 after purchasing eight head of cattle on a closed account at the Hills Prairie Livestock Auction, located in Bastrop, Texas.

This . . . → Read More:

TSCRA News Release: TSCRA Statement on House Passage of WOTUS Disapproval Resolution

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Jan. 13, 2016
CONTACT: Laramie Adams
CELL: 512-922-7328

Fort Worth, Texas – Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) President Pete Bonds made the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed S.J. Res. 22, a Waters of the U.S. disapproval resolution. 

“TSCRA appreciates the continued efforts . . . → Read More:

TSCRA News Release: TSCRA Welcomes New Special Ranger to Austin Area

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Jan. 12, 2016
CONTACT: Laramie Adams
CELL: 512-922-7328

TSCRA Welcomes New Special Ranger to Austin Area

Fort Worth, Texas – Former Travis County Sheriff’s Office Detective Kenny Murchison, of Lockhart, Texas, has joined the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) as a Special Ranger for District 20, . . . → Read More:

TSCRA News Release: Second Suspect Arrested In Missouri for Theft of Baby Calf in Oklahoma

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan. 8, 2016
Contact: Laramie Adams
Cell: 512-922-7328

Claremore, Okla. – A second suspect, Robbie Don Ellis, 24, of Claremore, Okla., was arrested on a felony warrant in Nevada, MO on Dec. 26, 2015 after stealing a baby calf from a Rogers County, Okla. rancher.

Texas . . . → Read More:

TSCRA News Release: TSCRA Statement on Final 2015 Dietary Guidelines Report

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan. 7, 2015
CONTACT: Laramie Adams
CELL: 512-922-7328 

Fort Worth, Texas – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today released their final 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s (DGAC) initial draft report removed “lean meat” from the list . . . → Read More:

Updated Information for Ranchers Affected by Recent Snow Storm in West Texas and Panhandle

TSCRA continues working to assist ranchers who have been affected by the snow storm in West Texas and the Panhandle. Ranchers who are still missing cattle should first call their local Sheriff’s Department and then report the cattle to the TSCRA Law Enforcement Department by calling 888-517-6638 or by email at missingcattle@tscra.org.

Ranchers with . . . → Read More:

TSCRA News Release: 2016 Cattle Raisers Convention Scheduled for April 8 – 10 in Fort Worth

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Jan. 4, 2015
CONTACT: Laramie Adams
Cell: 512-922-7328

Fort Worth, Texas – The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) announced today that the 139th annual Cattle Raisers Convention, the biggest ranching industry event in Texas and Oklahoma, is scheduled for April 8 – 10, 2016 at the . . . → Read More:

TSCRA Special Rangers Available to Assist Ranchers Searching for Livestock Lost in Winter Storms

TSCRA Special Rangers are available to identify stray cattle and assist producers with locating owners of livestock lost in recent winter storms.  Remember this will be a slow process as many places are still inaccessible and may remain that way for an extended period of time.  Producers should contact their local law enforcement and . . . → Read More: