Disaster Emergency Assistance 
Necessary For Rural Texas

Waco, Texas, September 26, 2002 - Texas Farmers Union (TFU) President Wes Sims, a farmer from Sweetwater, Texas, today called on the United States House of Representatives to pass emergency legislation for farmers and ranchers hard hit by natural disaster in the 2001 and 2002 crop years.

Citing an economic analysis by Dr. Daryll Ray, Institute of Agriculture, University of Tennessee, Sims said that, "only twice since 1934 has net farm income been this bad," and this is only the forecast. I believe the situation could be even worse than the August 20 USDA report, especially for farmers and ranchers already in two years in a row of natural disasters."

This week, Representatives Cubin, R-Wyo. and Pomeroy, D-N.D., offered legislation, which mirrors a bipartisan amendment passed by the senate by a vote of 79 to 16. "We must convince the House of Representatives and President Bush to support this extremely important legislation because rural America does not have the time or luxury for a recess until this bill is passed," stated Sims.

Texas Farmers Union, P.O. Box 738, Sweetwater, Tx 79556