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Conference highlights ag issues

July 21, 2021 - 05:00
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    Booker Young and his wife Connie pose for a photo at this year’s Texas Farm Bureau Summer Leadership Conference. The two represented Bandera County Fam Bureau at the three-day event. Courtesy Photo

Farmers and ranchers recently gathered in San Marcos to discuss current agricultural issues at the Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) Summer Leadership Conference.

The conference, held June 21-23, included a review of the 87th Texas Legislature, general session, information on carbon markets, insights into the best packing industry and discussion on other pertinent issues for farmers and ranchers.

“The summer conference gets farmers and ranchers from across the state together to discuss commodity and legislative matters impacting them or that may become an issue soon. We heard from a major grocery store on their challenges in stocking stores during COVID-19 and February winter storms, which was interesting,” Booker Young, Bandera County Farm Bureau Vice President said.

“It provided us a view from the other end of the food supply chain that might help us create some new strategies as we all work to stay innovative in feeding consumers. That’s the aim of these meetings---to exchange ideas and lean more from each other and our speakers,” he said.

Other topics on the agenda included an overview of the Texas A & M AgriLife Extension Service, which Booker said works closely with farmers and ranchers.

Soil health, climate pesticide regulation and registration, international grain trade, the economic outlook agriculture and a report n the Texas Beef Checkoff program were also covered.

The organization’s commodity advisory committees met to discuss issues and possible solutions related to agricultural commodities grown and raised in Texas.

Booker Young and his wife Connie represented Bandera County Fam Bureau at the three-day event.

“We’re proud to represent our county’s agricultural interests at these statewide gathering. Booker said. “Things can change quickly with legislative issues, trade or other outside influences, so it’s good to have our folks there representing our issues and making sure they’re heard.”

“And we may hear about something impacting someone else that could become an issue for us, so it’s a good exchange of information,” he concluded.

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