State Farmers Return from National Farmers Union Convention
Eleven Texas Farmers Union members recently returned from the National Farmers Union 104th convention in Denver, Colorado.
The group included five delegates representing Texas who helped shape the direction of the national family farm organization through policy development. Delegates were AJ Priesmeyer, El Campo; Gary Moore, Tulia; Charles Anderson, Lamesa; Mike Oldham, Shamrock; and Wes Sims, Sweetwater. In addition David Schertz, Denton County served on NFU's national policy committee.
"Delegates at the convention have spoken decisively about the key issues concerning rural America today, adopting strong policy statements on a variety of issues from Social Security and international trade to biofuels and market concentration," said Texas Farmers Union President Wes Sims, who led the state delegation.
The theme of this year's convention was "Fuels From the Farm - Our Nation's Future", Farmers Union advocates growing the use and production of fuels from the farm to ensure farmers get a fair price from the marketplace and our nation becomes energy independent.
Sims also said during the convention Farmers Union voiced strong opposition of the agricultural budget cuts that make up a major share of the deficit reduction in President Bush's proposed budget, the need for permanent disaster assistance and a two year extension of the 2002 farm bill. Also, given high priority were special orders of Business concerning the need for Congress to pass permanent disaster assistance.
About 600 Farmers Union members attended the four-day event, which also included speeches by former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, former Senator John Edwards, and Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer.
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