Texas Farmers Union Headed 
to Washington,D.C.to Seek 
Disaster Assistance

SWEETWATER, TX - With half of the nation impacted by natural disasters, a group of Texas Farmers Union (TFU) members will join farmers and ranchers from across the country at the nation's capital in September to urge Congress and the Bush Administration to support emergency disaster assistance.

The National Farmers Union grassroots effort is set for Sept. 8-11, 2002. The push follows months of steadily declining farm production due to weather, disease, and pest-related disasters and other poor market conditions.

"Farmers and ranchers in our area will be taking their concerns straight to the doorstep of Congress," said TFU President Wes Sims. "This event could not have come at a more critical time. Our members intend to not only make Congress aware of the crises impacting family farmers and ranchers and rural America, but to also urge immediate action through disaster assistance. We will deliver a strong message from rural America."

Participants will visit congressional offices, pushing for short and long-term solutions to the challenges facing rural America. Farmers Union members will discuss three main issues with Congress and the Administration: emergency disaster assistance, farm bill implementation, and restoring competition in agricultural markets.

The National Farmers Union is a general farm organization representing nearly 300,00 family farmers and ranchers nationwide. NFU serves its membership by providing educational opportunities, by supporting farmer-owned cooperative development, and presenting the organization's policies to lawmakers at the local, state and national levels.

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