Farm Credit Supports TSCRA Special Ranger Foundation With Record Setting Donations
Several Farm Credit organizations recently joined forces to make a record donation to the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger Foundation in support of the foundation's efforts to provide law enforcement and investigative resources to agricultural producers and rural communities.
AgTexas Farm Credit, Capital Farm Credit, Central Texas Farm Credit, Heritage Land Bank, Legacy Ag Credit, Lone Star Ag Credit, and Texas Farm Credit combined to donate $77,000, smashing the foundation's fundraising goal of $60,000.
"The donation from these Farm Credit organizations will be used to supply training, equipment, and advanced investigative resources to TSCRA Special Rangers," said Scott Williamson, executive director, law enforcement, brand and inspection services. "The investment by these Farm Credit associations will help prevent livestock and equipment theft and help ensure our law enforcement professionals are equipped with the latest safety equipment."
"Since 1917, Farm Credit has supported rural communities and agricultural operators," said Bill Tandy, chief executive officer of Heritage Land Bank. "We are proud to support the Special Rangers and their work to protect and serve ranchers, farmers, and rural landowners throughout Texas and Oklahoma.
Founded in 1877, 29 Special Rangers operate throughout Texas and Oklahoma, providing law enforcement and theft prevention to agricultural producers and rural communities. TSCRA Special Rangers are an elite group of law enforcement officers who have extensive knowledge of the cattle industry. While they primarily investigate cattle theft and other agricultural crimes, they are well-trained in all facets of law enforcement and are commissioned through the Texas Department of Public Safety or Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.
The Farm Credit organizations in the program include AgTexas Farm Credit, Capital Farm Credit, Central Texas Farm Credit, Heritage Land Bank, Legacy Ag Credit, Lone Star Ag Credit and Texas Farm Credit.
About Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association
The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association is a 145-year-old trade association and is the largest and oldest livestock organization based in Texas. TSCRA has more than 17,000 beef cattle operations, ranching families and businesses as members. These members represent approximately 55,000 individuals directly involved in ranching and beef production who manage four million head of cattle on 76 million acres of range and pasture primarily in Texas, Oklahoma and the Southwest.
About Texas Farm Credit
Texas Farm Credit (TFC) is an agricultural lending cooperative that provides competitive rates, flexible terms, and personal service to farmers, ranchers, rural residents, and agribusiness firms from the Red River to the Rio Grande Valley. Not only does TFC finance a wide range of farming and ranching operations, it also offers home and rural real estate mortgage loans, as well as provides a variety of insurance services to its members. Headquartered in Robstown, Texas, TFC serves 100 Texas counties and is part of the Farm Credit System, a nationwide network of rural lending co-ops established in 1916.
Source: Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association news release