Corpus Christi, TX — (January 30, 2008)
Wes Sims was re-elected to a seventh consecutive two year term as President of the Texas Farmers Union
(TFU) during the organization’s 106th annual convention. 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. He continued, “Anything less than fairness and justice for rural America is totally unacceptable.”
The TFU delegates then re-elected Mike Oldham, a peanut, Cotton and cattle producer, from Shamrock to his 3rd term as Vice President. Also elected as District Directors were Donnie Dendy, a grain and soy bean farmer from Perryton, Kathy Seymore, a cotton and livestock producer from Merkel, Terry Priesmeyer, a rice farmer from El Campo and Shorty Miller a dairy farmer from McGregor.
President Sims went on to report the convention passed the Texas Farmers Union 2008 Policy Statement which contained a Special Order of Business (SOB) acknowledging passage of a farm bill by both the House and Senate and called upon the Administration to work with Congress to resolve differences so that a new farm bill can be enacted immediately. Rather than extend the current farm bill or should President Bush veto a new compromise farm bill, Texas Farmers Union supports reverting back to the permanent farm law of the Agriculture Adjustment Act of 1938 and the Agriculture Act of 1949.
In his further comments regarding TFU 2008 policy, President Sims expressed his resolve to continue working for a farm bill which includes a countercyclical safety net, indexed to cost of production, a permanent disaster assistance program for producers as a result of disasters beyond their control, implementation of Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) and a ban on packer ownership of livestock.
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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