Washington ( September 30. 2010) Texas Farmers Union members joined more than 200 farmers , ranchers and fishermen from across the country in Washington, D.C., September 13-15, for the National Farmers Union Annual Legislative Fly-In.
“Meeting with our representatives in Congress allowed us to put a face to the issues currently affecting rural Americans,” Texas Farmers Union President Wes Sims said. “Meeting face-to-face with the policymakers and voicing our concerns and possible solutions is one of the most important ways we can make a difference for all U.S. farmers.”
Texas Farmers Union members urged members of Congress to consider the importance of family farmers and ranchers when writing the 2012 Farm Bill. Members discussed Farmers Union priorities for the next federal farm policy piece, including safety net programs, rural development and research funding.
In addition to 2012 Farm Bill priorities, fly-in participants discussed the other issues Farmers Union members are concerned with, such as ending America’s dairy crisis, restoring fiscally responsible taxation, supporting food and agriculture sales to Cuba, and solving energy and climate challenges. Members discussed the importance of ensuring a Competitive marketplace, including support for the Grain inspection, Packers, Stockyards Administration proposed rule, known as the Farmer and Rancher Bill, of Rights and Education issues affecting Texas schools.
“Congress must address some of these pressing issues affecting the agricultural industry in the U.S., “ said Wes Sims. “It is of utmost importance to restore certainty in the marketplace and ensure a safety net is in place in times of need.”
Texas farmers and ranchers attending the fly-in were: Wes and Latria Sims, Sweetwater; Mike Oldham., Smithville; Billy and Shorty Miller, McGregor; Randy and Sara Cook, O’Donnell; Steve and Linda Maikell, Sweetwater: and Val Vaughan, Waco.
Texas Farmers Union has been working since 1902 to protect and enhance the economic well-being and quality of life for family farmers, ranchers and rural communities through advocating grassroots driven policy positions adopted by its membership.
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