San Antonio, TX (February 7, 2018) – Wes Sims was re-elected to a twelfth consecutive two year term as President of the Texas Farmers Union(TFU) during the organization’s 116th annual convention in San Antonio. Sims, a family farmer and cattle producer from Sweetwater, was first elected in 1996 to lead the Texas family farm and ranch group.
The TFU delegates also re-elected Mike Oldham, a farmer and cattle producer from Smithville to his eighth term as Vice President. Also elected as District Directors were Finley Barnett, wheat and hay producer from Merkel; and AJ Priesmeyer, rice and cattle producer from El Campo.
President Sims reported the convention passed several TFU 2018 Policy Statements including support for what farmers really need are farm policies that stabilize farm prices at a level that can sustain a reasonable farm income at a level that accounts for the actual costs of production for various commodities. Economists and policy analysts know how to accomplish this but have been unwilling to advocate for such policies, fearing the power of the Big Ag Commodity business lobbyists.
TFU has proposed a commodity loan program that could reduce farm program spending by tens of billions of dollars, while supporting farm prices at a substantially higher level. Such a program could dovetail nicely with environmental, conservation and water quality improvement programs. Let’s all work to get our President and our Congress on board with this common-sense initiative. If they cannot come to support such reasonable and much needed programs, it may be time for some house cleaning.
To see the entire TFU Farm Bill Proposal, go to texasfarmersunion.org web site to pg. 24 or 63.
Established in 1902 at Point, Texas – the TFU is the states’ oldest general farm organization that represents family farmers, ranchers and rural interests working to improve the quality of life for rural people through education, cooperation and legislation.
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