Athens Review, Athens, Texas

October 2, 2013

NCBA official speaks in Athens

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — The President-Elect of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association was in Athens on Wednesday to speak at the Trinity River Land and Water Summitt.

 Bob McCan of Victoria oversees the cattle operations and recreational hunting and wildlife operations for his family’s company, McFaddin Enterprises, Ltd. in Victoria, Refugio, and Bee Counties.

He is a former president of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raiser’s Association and came on the NCBA board in 1993.

McCan said Henderson County cattle producers face the same challenges as others across the country in dealing with government programs and environmental issues.

“Grazing issues are always important,” McCan said. “ It certainly becomes a challenge during the drought times and limited rainfall. Cattle producers will manage their herds and de-stock if they need to try to get through it.”

A 5-year farm bill has been debated in Congress in 2013. McCan is hopeful the end result will be beneficial to the cattle industry.

“Our group, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, we are trying to promote the conservation title as much as we can with the farm bill. That’s been one of our top priorities and has been for a long time.  We think when we do get a farm bill, there will be strong cost-share dollars available and good programs available for producers.”

From 1995 to 2008, McCan served as chairman of the local Victoria Soil and Water Conservation District, where he and other board members oversaw the many different state and federal conservation programs.

During his leadership tenure, the Soil and Water District of Victoria received an award for being the top soil and water district office in the state. McCan called on that experience in addressing conservation concerns on Wednesday.

“I think, we’re all, as landowners, concerned about our ecosystem and concerned about our water quality,” McCan said.  “It sort of becomes an issue of what vehicle are we going to use to address those issues. Landowners are always concerned about their property rights and that’s something they should be concerned about.”