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President’s Address

published: August 10th 2018
by: Chloe Wilson
source: ICA of Texas
Growing up around agriculture, you see a lot of things change. Growing up in Uvalde County, agriculture is king. In agriculture, you interact with several different generations and often times certain functions of the ranch or farm never change. On our operation, I’ve seen many aspects change. Our cattle pens have expanded and changed such that the amount of people needed is fewer by the mere fact that the pens are working with us, instead of against. We have incorporated technology to help us manage our herds and strengthen the genetics we stand behind. Some aspects of agriculture are simple. You can read, prepare, adapt, and move forward. But, some things you simply can’t handle on your own. 
Now more than ever, agriculture needs a loud and strong voice on both the state and national front. As an owner/operator, leaving your operation to go lobby on the hill or meet with your state representative doesn’t really fit between checking fence and feeding heifers. For us, Independent Cattlemen’s Association (ICA) has been our voice since inception. ICA works for the cow-calf producer which, in Texas, is the “little guy”. ICA has a strong and respectable presence in the State Legislature with the best man on the ground, Bob Turner. You really can’t get any better than Bob Turner. 
Nationally, ICA has a hardworking and energetic affiliate, United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA). USCA has successfully earned the respect of the ag industries on the hill and has the ear of the USDA and Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Per-due. They are on the front lines of the “Fake Meat” movement and Electronic Log legislation. USCA manages to work for all agriculture across the United States and is effective. 
No matter how much reading and preparing you do, there simply aren’t enough hours in the day to tackle all the challenges that come with being a rancher or in the agriculture industry. To ensure that our operation continues to run as smoothly as possible, we trust ICA and USCA to speak for us when we simply can’t be there. If you aren’t a member, consider joining. The benefits are endless and the organizations are filled with one-of-a-kind people like you.

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