Waco, TX (March 7, 2003) - Texas Farmers Union President, Wes Sims and wife Latria recently returned from National Farmers Union's 101st Annual Convention in Anaheim, California.
"The National Farmers Union convention is a time for us to form the direction for our organization and to encourage each other during this difficult time in rural America," President Sims said. "I feel good about what we accomplished at the convention and what we will be able to accomplish at home in days to come."
The Sims's joined about 650 other farmers and ranchers in forming NFU's direction for the coming year through policy discussions on Monday. The delegates passed a special order of business urging the administration to address the social and economic crisis in rural America. The organization also reinforced its support for country-of-origin food labeling, the establishment of a renewable fuels standard and restrictions on imported milk protein concentrate. Another resolution was passed to address international trade negotiations and the affects they have on state and local governments, farmers and local businesses.
During the convention, participants heard addresses from NFU President Dave Frederickson, U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif., and Bill Gates Sr., co-founder of Responsible Wealth's Call to preserve the Estate Tax.
Convention Delegates also had the opportunity to attend workshops on the future of farm policy, the World Trade Organization, e-commerce and sustainable agriculture.
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