The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) will host a ranch gathering at the Pridgeon Center in Franklin Thursday to discuss relevant updates in both agricultural law enforcement and government affairs.
The event will also provide an opportunity for local cattle producers to learn about TSCRA’s recent activities, discuss issues facing cattle raisers and meet with other producers in the area. Registration for the event begins at 5:30 p.m. Thursday and will be followed by a complimentary beef dinner. The event is open to the public and free of charge.
TSCRA employs 30 special rangers who are commissioned law enforcement officers who primarily investigate agricultural crimes and cattle theft.
“(TSCRA Special Ranger Hal Dumas) will provide an update to attendees on any recent trends of crime in the area and talk about measures local land owners and ranchers can take to keep their animals and property safe,” said Jeremy Fuchs, Director of Public Relations at TSCRA.
The event will also highlight recent government activity at all levels and what it means for ranchers and cattle producers in the area.
“The Texas Legislative session concluded just a couple of months ago and we will have an opportunity to talk about some of the things that resulted from that, good and bad,” said Fuchs. “We will also talk about federal issues and regulatory issues that are relevant right now. One of the big topics in that realm will be the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA), of which we are very supportive.”
The USMCA, a renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, has been described by President Donald Trump as a win for American farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses.
In May of this year, U.S. Congressman Kevin Brady visited Madisonville to lead a rally in support of the agreement.
“A Texas legislator voting against this agreement would be like a Detroit lawmaker voting against cars,” Brady told a crowd of about 30 assembled on Kevin Counsil’s CFLX Ranch for an informational panel in support of the proposed United States Mexico Canada Agreement. “Texas has 36 members in Congress, all 36 need to be voting for this agreement.”
The Madisonville stop was part of a nationwide tour for the group Farmers for Free Trade, which has operated the Motorcade for Trade Whistle Stop tour since April. The group seeks to describe the agricultural impacts of the USMCA and urge support for the measure.
Thursday’s event will also allow for questions relating to the issues discussed as well as any other concerns in the community.
TSCRA holds a number of ranch gatherings every year throughout the state. The specific location varies, but they will typically try to host one event in the area per year. If planning to attend, TSCRA asks that you register at www.tscra.org/ranch-gatherings or by calling 800-242-7820, ext. 192.
The Pridgeon Center is located at 351 Cooks Lane in Franklin.