WACO, Texas—The future needs of Texas agriculture will be addressed Dec. 1-3 in Waco as farmers and ranchers from across the state attend the 79th Annual Meeting of the Texas Farm Bureau (TFB).
Representatives from the state’s 206 county Farm Bureaus will work together to craft policy positions and prepare for the challenges that agriculture faces in the coming months and years.
“It is important for us to listen to the needs and concerns of farmers and ranchers across the Lone Star State,” said TFB President Kenneth Dierschke. “We take our responsibility very seriously. Our policy reflects the needs of the men and women who work tirelessly to ensure we have a plentiful domestic supply of nutritious and affordable food and enough fiber to create the textiles we all enjoy.”
An expected 1,000 Texas farmers and ranchers will convene in Waco during the annual meeting to discuss the latest agricultural issues, recognize successes from the past year and evaluate the organization’s policies. This year’s policy discussions likely will center on the creation and passage of a federal farm bill, water rights, the drought, private property rights and more.
“It is imperative that Congress pass a new farm bill so farmers and ranchers know what to expect for the upcoming year,” Dierschke said.
The meeting will begin in the Waco Convention Center Saturday, Dec. 1, with registration from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday’s events include TFB Member Services exhibits, the Young Farmer & Rancher silent auction, the Free Enterprise Speech Contest and several expert speakers, who will present the current outlook for Texas and American agriculture. Midland Congressman Mike Conaway, chairman of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management will address the delegates on the subject of the Farm Bill making its way through the Congress.
The meeting will continue on Sunday, Dec. 2, with a devotional, followed by membership recognition awards, Pioneer Award presentations and the naming of the 2012 Outstanding Young Farmer & Rancher. Sunday afternoon will feature the president’s annual address to the TFB delegates.
The TFB Annual Meeting will conclude Monday, Dec. 3, with the organization’s annual business session. For more information about the 79th Annual Meeting of TFB, visit www.texasfarmbureau.org.