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2010-01-28 / Community News

Cattle Raisers Ring in on Global Warming

Environmental and climate scientist Jay Lehr will address thousands of cattle producers at the opening general session of the 133rd Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Annual Convention, Saturday, March 20, from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Lehr will help ranchers discern fact from fiction concerning global warming and its impact on the cattle industry.

“We are excited to have Dr. Jay Lehr speak to our members about what’s really happening to our environment. He’ll debunk many of the myths about global warming that are being presented as fact by those who oppose the existence of production agriculture,” said Dave Scott, TSCRA president and rancher.

“Taking care of the environment has always been a top priority for Texas ranchers,” Scott said. “We spend our lives maintaining clean air and water, while preserving our natural resources. With all the talk about climate change legislation and global warming, ranchers need to know what lies ahead for our industry and what we can do to educate the public on the truth about global warming and the critical role Texas cattle producers play in protecting the environment.”

CattleFax Executive Vice President Randy Blach will address the audience at Sunday’s General Session. Blach will present the state-of-the-industry review of the cattle market, Sunday, March 21, from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m.

The Closing General Session will feature U.S. Air Force Captain Scott O’Grady. Cpt. O’Grady will share his incredible six-day, lifeor death struggle to survive in hostile territory after being shot down over Bosnia in 1995. The Closing General Session will take place Sunday, March 21, from noon until 2 p.m.

More than 2,000 ranchers and landowners will gather in Fort Worth for a weekend of programs and educational sessions, a trade show with more than 200 companies, networking and fellowship with fellow cattle raisers.

Registration is currently open. Register before Feb. 19 and receive a discount. Registration information as well as a complete schedule can be found at www.texascattleraisers.org/ convention/

Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association is a 132-yearold trade organization and is the largest livestock association in Texas. TSCRA has more than 15,000 members who manage approximately 4 million head of cattle on 51.5 million acres of range and pasture land, primarily in Texas and Oklahoma. TSCRA provides law enforcement services, livestock inspection, legislative and regulatory advocacy, and educational opportunities for its members and the industry.

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