Matagorda County Cattlemen's Association to host cattlemen's workshop in June


June 1, 2010 at 1:01 a.m.

Information is on its way for cattlemen throughout the Crossroads area.

The Matagorda County Cattlemen's Association will host "Straight From the Horse's Mouth," a regional cattlemen's workshop, June 18 at the Bay City Civic Center. It is sponsored by area extension beef programs.

The goal is to better educate producers about available programs, ongoing legislative issues and more, said George Harrison, chairman of the Matagorda County Cattlemen's Association.

Although the group has hosted events in the past, it's grown this year to include a trade show.

The show gives businesses a chance to let the producers know what they have to offer, he said, adding that other organizations, such as Ducks Unlimited, Texas Parks and Wildlife and the Texas Natural Resources Commission will also take part.

"This is a first-time evolution for us," Harrison said, adding he expects 200 to 300 attendees. "It's a big thing."

Juan Garcia, state executive director for the USDA Farm Service Agency, will present "Programs that Support the Livestock Producers." Mainly, he said, he'll discuss the Livestock Forage Program.

The program helps producers in drought situations and, statewide, has already issued more than $92 million. It carries eligibility requirements, however, and it's important that producers understand them if they want assistance.

The message is especially appropriate for farmers and ranchers in South Texas, he added.

"In 2008 and 2009, that area did suffer extreme drought," Garcia said. "It's very important for producers to be fully aware of what the FSA has available to assist in these types of situations."

Dave Scott, president of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, will also present "Regulatory Impacts that Affect Cattlemen."

His presentation will touch on a variety of topics, including federal control of groundwater, imminent domain issues and air quality. He will also discuss animal identification.

The government is working to mandate identification and, although the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association isn't against it, the organization would like to see it remain voluntary, where it's cost effective for the producer.

Scott said he hopes his presentation helps the producers in attendance.

"All of these things will have something to do with his bottom line in the next few years," he said.

Registration and the trade show begin at 4:30 p.m. and admission is free. The workshop qualifies as one CEU credit hour for laws and regulations.

For more information, or to RSVP, call 979-245-4100.



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