March 31 - April 2, 2017

Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
San Antonio, Texas

Information Sessions

Anyone registered for the entire Convention or for Saturday only is welcome to attend the Information Sessions.

CattleFax Market Outlook 

April 1, 8:30 a.m.

Randy Blach, 
CattleFax CEO

Randy Blach, a foremost cattle-marketing expert, will discuss how Cattle Raisers might consider positioning themselves for the remainder of this decade.


Eminent Domain

April 1, 2:00 p.m.

Jim Bradbury, 
James D. Bradbury PLLC & Gerald Nobles, Rancher and TSCRA director

The state’s population is growing rapidly, increasing the need for land for public resources such as energy and transportation. But landowners recognize that their property rights must be better protected, not only for themselves, but also for future generations. The Texans for Property Rights coalition was established to combine the resources of associations representing Texas landowners. This session will provide an update on coalition efforts and focus on eminent domain issues in the 2017 legislative session.

The Politics of Antimicrobial Resistance

April 1, 2:00 p.m.

Laura Kahn, MD, 
Laura Kahn, MD, MPH, MPP, FACP, One Health Initiative co-founder, research scholar, Program on Science and Global Security at Princeton University, Princeton Board of Health vice president

Tackle the story behind the rise of antibiotic resistance. Laura Kahn, author, MD, and public health specialist, will share her research, from more than 6 years of work, which is bringing insight into the rise of antimicrobial resistance. Her talk will look at the differing perspectives – from doctors and ranchers – and the politics that have led to where we are today. Her talk will draw upon her new book, One Health and the Politics of Microbial Resistance, and she will offer thoughts on what we could do going forward to address antimicrobial resistance.

Update on International Trade and Export Markets

April 1, 3:30 p.m.

Erin Borror, 
U.S. Meat Export Federation economist

U.S. ranchers annually export more than $6 billion in beef to international markets. Maintaining a vibrant export trade is the responsibility of the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). Come hear from Erin Borror, an economist with USMEF, as she discusses emerging export markets such as China and Indonesia, as well as growing markets like Japan and Hong Kong. 

2017 Climate Outlook

April 1, 3:30 p.m.

James Garriss, 
Browning World Climate Bulletin

The climate means everything to ranchers and landowners. Drawing upon decades of forecasting experience and a global perspective on weather patterns, James Garriss will return to the Cattle Raisers Convention to provide his insights on weather patterns affecting cattle country.

Eminent Domain Workshop

April 1, 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Tiffany Dowell and Luke Ellis

This workshop will cover easement drafting, negotiation, the condemnation process, and the proper valuation of land, offering practical information to landowners impacted by condemnation. The combination of this program and the previous eminent domain session provides an outstanding opportunity for ranchers and landowners to become familiar with current eminent domain issues and how to take proactive measures to protect their property rights for future generations. The speakers who will lead these programs are the experts on the eminent domain and work to represent and educate landowners impacted by the condemnation process.


Update on 2017 Legislative Session

March 31, 4:00 p.m.

Jason Skaggs, 
Executive Director, Government and Public Affairs, TSCRA

By April, the 2017 Texas legislative session will be in full swing. Numerous agricultural priorities such as groundwater rights, transportation, eminent domain, energy and wildlife issues will dominate the 2017 legislative agenda. Jason Skaggs leads TSCRA’s legislative and regulatory efforts in Austin and will provide an update on how rancher and landowner interests are being affected by the state legislature.