Several Farm Credit organizations, led by Heritage Land Bank, 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, Director of the TSCRA Special Ranger Foundation. “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.
Pictured are Kevin Sampson, Heritage Land Bank Chair; Larry Hand, TSCRA Special Ranger; and Roger Claxton, Heritage Land Bank Vice-Chair.