FORT WORTH - An expert panel will discuss the changing state of rural affairs at the Opening General Session of the 137th annual Cattle Raisers Convention in San Antonio.The session is slated for Saturday, April 5, at 10 a.m. at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in downtown San Antonio.

John Sharp, chancellor, Texas A&M University System; James Dodson, chairman, Farm Credit Bank of Texas; Robert Puente, president and chief executive officer, San Antonio Water System, will serve as panelists.

The panel will be moderated by Gretchen Hamel, president of the political consulting firm Highline Strategies and a Fox News contributor. The panel will focus on key issues that directly impact the lives and businesses of ranchers and landowners.

“There are so many factors in today’s economic and political climate that affect rural Texas,” said Pete Bonds, rancher and TSCRA president.

“Water demands, energy development, a growing population, changing financial and economic pressures, and the continued loss of rural representation are just a few issues that have caused ranchers and landowners to take a hard look at our future. It’s important for us to know how to navigate all the challenges.”

The 137th Cattle Raisers Convention is April 4-6. Highlights of the convention include the Cattle Raisers Expo., private property rights town hall, and educational sessions focused on a number of issues critical to the Texas cattle industry. For more information visit

A complete schedule can be found on the TSCRA convention website. TSCRA will continue to update the schedule with additional events.