Waco, Tx. - More than 200 Texas Farmers Union members will travel to Irving, Texas, March 1-4 for National Farmers Union's 100th anniversary convention.
The convention begins Friday, March 1, with an address from U. S. House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Charles Stenholm, D-Texas and Texas Agriculture Commissioner Susan Combs.
Founded in 1902 at Point, Texas, the family agriculture organization will return to its roots for a special celebration. During a trip to Point, convention-goers will enjoy a Texas-style barbeque on the site of the Point Railroad Depot, circa 1902, and will gather at the first public meeting place of the Farmers Union. Country music singer and Texas native Mark Chesnutt will also perform.
In addition to reflections of the past, convention delegates will also focus on the future of the organization and the farming and ranching industry. The Texas delegation will join members from across the nation to discuss and adopt NFU's legislation policies for 2002.
Delegates will also elect a president and vice president to serve for the next two years. Oklahoma Farmers Union Vice President Terry Detrick and Minnesota Farmers Union President Dave Frederickson will run for the position to be vacated by NFU's president for 14 years, Leland Swenson. In January, Swenson announced he would not seek re-election in order to pursue other opportunities. NFU Vice President Alan Bergman will run unopposed for his current position.
As a general farm organization representing nearly 300,000 family farmers and ranchers nationwide, NFU serves its members through educational opportunities, support for farmer owned cooperatives and legislative representation.
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