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Editor's Letter - August 2014


Climatologist Enlivens The Cattleman News Update

by Ellen H. Brisendine

mbers of Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) are in for a real treat. Climatologist Evelyn Browning-Garriss is providing us with exclusive content for The Cattleman News Update, our daily emailed newsletter.

Look for her contributions to the News Update about every 2 weeks. Browning-Garriss is a climatologist of history, meaning she bases her comments on current weather patterns on "what happened next" when the weather and atmospheric conditions we're in today occurred years, decades or even centuries ago. It's fascinating reading and you can get it by being a TSCRA member.

The Cattleman News Update is provided as a benefit of membership. It is our daily collection of useful news, delivered right to your email inbox. If you are a member and would like to receive the daily newsletter, contact me and we'll get your email address added to your record.

You can hear Browning-Garriss in person at the Sept. 24 to 26 fall meeting in Austin. She was one of our featured speakers at the 2014 Cattle Raisers Convention in April and a synopsis of her predictions at that meeting appeared in the June issue. She used the "R" word for Texas for the spring, and sure enough, many areas of the state received rain. We are excited about having her regular contributions to The Cattleman News Update. I hope you'll take advantage of this member benefit.

Speaking of the fall meeting, you can find a handy registration form for the event in the Cattle Raisers Community section of this issue. TSCRA's policy committee members will discuss issues that are important to cattle raisers. Those discussions will guide the TSCRA volunteer leaders and staff when they represent member interests in state and federal issues.

I'll wrap up with 2 final comments. First, thanks to the members of the Hereford community who have again supported the annual Hereford issue of The Cattleman magazine and our apps. This has been a decades-long relationship and we are proud to carry your messages to the readers.

Second, thanks to the readers who contacted me about the Pledge of Allegiance in the July issue, on page 106. That version of the pledge from 1943 does not contain the phrase "under God." Those 2 words were added 11 years later in 1954 at the urging of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. I, for one, am glad the phrase was added. How about you?

Conversations: "Climatologist Enlivens The Cattleman News Update" is from the August 2014 issue of The Cattleman magazine.