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Posted on Dec 1, 2014 in News Releases

Texas Farm Bureau annual meeting set Dec. 6-8

Texas Farm Bureau annual meeting set Dec. 6-8

WACO, Texas—Future needs of Texas agriculture will be addressed Dec. 6-8 in Corpus Christi as farmers and ranchers from across the state attend the 81st Annual Meeting of the Texas Farm Bureau (TFB).

Members from the state’s 206 county Farm Bureaus will work together to craft policy positions and prepare for the challenges agriculture faces.

“Farm Bureau policy originates at the grassroots level, reflecting the needs of those who produce our food and fiber,” TFB President Kenneth Dierschke said. “The decisions we make during the annual meeting affect the men and women who ensure we have a supply of safe and affordable food and fiber, and we take the responsibility seriously.”

An expected 1,000 Texas farmers and ranchers will convene in Corpus Christi during the annual meeting to discuss the latest agricultural issues, recognize successes from the past year and evaluate the organization’s policies. This year’s policy discussions likely will center on water, private property rights, ammonium nitrate storage, endangered species and more.

The meeting will begin in the American Bank Center, Dec. 6, with registration from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday’s events include TFB Member Services exhibits, the Free Enterprise Speech Contest, Discussion Meet, Young Farmer & Rancher silent auction and several expert speakers. Congressman Ralph Hall also will accept the Distinguished Service Award from the agricultural organization.

The meeting will continue on Sunday, Dec. 7, with a devotional, followed by membership recognition awards, Pioneer Award presentations and the naming of the 2014 Outstanding Young Farmer & Rancher and Excellence in Agriculture awards. Sunday afternoon will feature the president’s annual address to the TFB delegates.

The TFB Annual Meeting will conclude Monday, Dec. 8, with the organization’s annual business session.

Delegates also will shape the face of the organization during this year’s presidential election. TFB President Kenneth Dierschke is not seeking re-election to the seat he’s held for 12 years. Current board secretary-treasurer Russell Boening and past board members Lloyd Arthur, Bobby Nedbalek and Richard Cortese are vying for the seat.

For more information about the 81st annual meeting of TFB, visit www.texasfarmbureau.org.