2016 Annual Meeting Recap

Dear SWCA Member:

Thank you to those of you that were able to attend the SWCA 2016 Annual Meeting in Lubbock on August 22nd, we had over 100 producers, lenders, and businessmen in attendance for the 10th annual meeting. The solid lineup of presenters covered the economics and political landscape that agriculture is battling currently and offered great food for thought as we approach writing a new Farm Bill.

If you were not able to attend the meeting but would like to see the presentations that were used by our speakers, they can all be found by clicking the links below.

Agricultural Economics in Perspective
Dr. Joe Outlaw, Co-Director, Agiculture and Food Policy Center, Texas A&M University
Dr. Darren Hudson, Director, Center for Agricultural Competitiveness, Texas Tech University

Agricultural Politics in Perspective
Mr. Matt Schertz and Dr. Bart Fisher, Policy Director and Chief Economist, respectively, for the House Agriculture Committee

Additionally, following the presentations by both panels, the above panelists were joined by Jeff Harrison and Tom Sell of Combest, Sell and Associates to discuss the potential scenarios that may play out for the Fall in Washington and the beginning of the 115th session of Congress in January.

Following the business portion of the meeting was a luncheon, featuring remarks by Jodey Arrington, the Republican nominee to fill the seat being vacated by Congressman Randy Neugebauer at the end of this year.

Following the luncheon the Board of Directors met to elect officers for the upcoming year and to discuss other business of the Council. Those were, as follows:
President – Matt Huie – South Texas Cotton & Grain
1st Vice President – L.G. Raun – Texas Rice Producers
2nd Vice President – David Cleavinger – Texas Wheat Producers
Treasure – Steve Verett – Plains Cotton Growers
Secretary – Scott Averhoff – Corn Producers of Texas

The Board also further discussed plans to host a joint Ag Issues Summit and Texas Ag Forum at the Worthington Hotel in Ft. Worth on February 5 – 7, 2017. Mark your calendars for that weekend and be on the lookout for more information on program and registration information in the coming months.

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