Join us for the 2019 Policy Conference!
September 25-27 | San Antonio, Texas
Make plans to join TSCRA in San Antonio for the 2019 Policy Conference. The Policy Conference is where cattle raisers tackle tough issues and develop grassroots policies that guide TSCRA leaders and staff in our activities in Austin and Washington, D.C.
Key topics addressed typically include: private property rights, transportation issues, water rights, sustainability, property taxes, surface damages, border issues, research priorities, and much more.
One of the great benefits to membership in the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA), is our team of professional staff and volunteer leaders who work to represent your interests on a myriad of political and industry issues.
To represent your interests, we must have your guidance on how to address the wide range of things that concern you and your fellow cattle raisers — private property rights, water rights, transportation regulation, cattle health and well-being practices and taxation, just to name a few.
Our volunteer leaders and staff are guided by policies, in the form of resolutions, that have been developed by the members of TSCRA’s six policy committees.
These member-developed policies allow TSCRA to speak with a clear and cohesive voice when we represent our members’ interests to government, state and federal agencies, other trade associations and academia.
The TSCRA Policy Conference is an open forum where members share information and knowledge and engage in productive discussions and debates on the issues facing cattle producers and landowners. This is the meeting at which most of TSCRA’s annual policy development is conducted. New policies are proposed, and existing policies are reviewed, updated, or deleted as necessary.
All TSCRA members are invited to attend the Policy Conference and join the discussion.
Whether you have been ranching your entire life, or are just getting started, we encourage you to attend and lend your unique perspective to the discussions that will shape TSCRA’s position on issues of vital importance.
All TSCRA policy committees will meet during the Policy Conference to consider new policy and renew existing policies.
|Registration Fees||Early Pricing|
Thru Sept. 8
|September 9-20||September 21-27|
|Full Registration |
|Full Registration |
|Thursday-Only Meetings and Lunch|
|Thursday-Only Meetings and Lunch |
Please call 817-332-7064 with any questions.
as of August 26, 2019
|12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.||Executive Committee Luncheon and Meeting|
|2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.||Registration Open|
|3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.||Opening Session
Topic: Political Forecast
Speaker: Ross Ramsey, Executive Editor and Co-Founder of The Texas Tribune
|5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.||Reception|
|7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.||Registration Open|
|8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.||General Session
Topic: International Trade
Speaker: Gregg Doud, United States Trade Representative
|9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.||Break|
|9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.||Concurrent Committee Meetings
Agricultural Research and Education Committee
Topic: Priority Statewide Needs for Increasing Sustainability and Resiliency of Ranching Operations in Texas
Speaker: Dr. Bob Whitson, Bob McCan and Jim McAdams
Law Enforcement Committee
Topic: Combined Law Enforcement – Game Wardens Protect Ranch Life as Much as Wildlife
Speaker: Colonel Grahame Jones, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Topic: Special Rangers Move Forward with Refreshed Vision
Speaker: Scott Williamson
|10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.||Break|
|10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.||Concurrent Committee Meetings
Cattle Health and Well-Being Committee
Topic: How Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus leads to Persistently Infected Calves
Speaker: Dr. Andy Schwartz, State Veterinarian and Executive Director, Texas Animal Health Commission
Natural Resources and Wildlife Committee
Topic: Texas Water Development Board overview and update
Speaker: Peter Lake, Texas Water Development Board Chairman
|12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.||Luncheon
Topic: Importance of Political Engagement
Speaker: TSCRA PAC panelists
|1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.||Marketing and Transportation Committee
Topic: Trade outlook and update on the United States, Mexico, Canada Trade Agreement
Speaker: Kent Bacus, Senior Director of International Trade and Market Access, NCBA
|3:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.||Break|
|3:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.||Property Rights and Tax Committee
Topic: Property Tax Changes form the 86th Texas Legislative Session
Speaker: Rick Parker, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
|4:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.||Resolutions Committee|
|6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.||Evening Dinner and Reception
Briscoe Western Art Museum
|6:30 a.m. - 7:45 a.m.||PAC Trustee Breakfast (by invitation only)|
|6:30 a.m. - 7:45 a.m.||RAP Team Meeting (by invitation only)|
|7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.||Registration Open|
|8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.||Board of Directors Meeting|
Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Policy Committees
Agricultural Research and Education
Chair: James Palmer, Roaring Springs
Vice Chair: Herff Cornelius Jr., Wadsworth
Cattle Health and Well-Being
Chair: Jerry Bob Daniel, Crowell
Vice Chair: J.D. Cage II, Muleshoe
Chair: Heath Hemphill, Coleman
Vice Chair: Johnny Ferguson, Big Lake
Marketing and Transportation
Chair: Charles M “Charley” Christensen Jr., San Angelo
Vice Chair: Jody Bellah, Throckmorton
Natural Resources and Wildlife
Chair: Stephen Diebel, Victoria
Vice Chair: Carl Ray Polk Jr., Lufkin
Property Rights and Tax
Chair: Dan Gattis, Georgetown
Vice Chair: Brian T. McLaughlin, Midland