Dallas, TX. (January 30, 2004) - Wes Sims was re-elected to a fifth consecutive two year term as President of the Texas Farmers Union (TFU). Sims, a family farmer and cattle producer from Sweetwater was first elected in 1996 to lead the Texas family farm and ranch group.
“I pledge to continue a total commitment and effort to do all I can to bring economic justice to our family farmers and ranchers” said Sims in his acceptance speech. He continued, “anything less than fairness and justice for rural America is totally unacceptable.”
The delegates from this group also re-elected Mike Oldham, a peanut, cotton and cattle producer, from Clarendon to his first full two-year term as Vice-President. Also, elected as District Directors were Dean Slaughter, a grain farmer from Perryton, Phil Seymore, a cotton and livestock producer from Merkel, A.J. Priesmeyer, a rice farmer from El Campo and Billy Miller , a dairy farmer from McGregor.
The 102nd annual convention was dedicated in loving memory to Lloyd Zwahr of Needville. Also, Buck and Etta Breeding of Shamrock were selected to be inducted as a Pioneer in Agriculture in T.F.U.
The opening ceremonies were conducted by the FFA Chapter from Slidell as they presented the flags and led the pledge of allegiance. Also, Alina Tatum, FFA Chapter Sulphur Springs, and winner of the “Rural American Idol” contest gave a beautiful presentation of the National Anthem. Some of the speakers were Congressman Charlie Stenholm, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, State Representatives Pete Laney, Dan Flynn, Lon Burnam, Wes Cowan, Senior Texas Employment Program, Lesley Ramsey, Texas Fair Trade Coalition, Gary Condra, Ag Law Specialist, Dan Hunter, Southwest Peanut Growers, Larry Mitchell, Executive Director of American Corn Growers, Katy Ziegler, Legislative Representative for NFU and Dave Frederickson, National Farmers Union President.
Established in 1902 in Point, Texas, the Texas Farmers Union 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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