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It’s not just cattle talk for Guada-Coma group

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By Alice Reneau White

Members of the Guada-Coma Chapter of the Independent Cattlemen’s Association (ICA) met in September at the Seguin Cattle Co. and covered topics from herbicides to water rationing.

Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) is being tackled again, according to Bill Hyman, executive director of ICA of Texas. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is defending themselves from an injunction from the packers and foreign influences.

How many people are moving to Texas and where is the water going to come from for them? In our area we are looking at a 75 percent increase in population by 2060 and you will be voting in November on Proposition 6, a massive plan on just how we could provide the water and at what cost.

If you recently received a letter from your local water company letting you know how much you need to conserve and how to go about it, this came directly from a state mandate, according to Mike Taylor of Crystal Clear Water Supply, one of the speakers of the evening.

John Pape and General Manager Kevin McCormick of Pape Orchard Equipment and Supplies also spoke during the meeting.

Currently, the local chapter is conducting its yearly fund-raiser, with part of the proceeds used for scholarships. This year, David Germann, Shelby Eckhardt, John Batot, and Zach Strempel were the deserving young people that won help to pave their way to the college of their choice.

This year’s prize drawing will be held Sunday, Dec. 8. Prizes include a John Deere Gator XUV 550 with HD trailer, a Tundra 65 Yeti Cooler, a 55-gallon tripod deer feeder, monetary gift cards, and shelled corn.

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Alice Reneau White is a freelance writer.

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