SWCA Completes Successful Washington Fly-In

The Southwest Council of Agribusiness was well-represented in Washington, D.C. Over two-and-a-half days the participants had meetings with 70 offices, including the Senators and Representatives from the 5 state area, as well as other key leaders in Congress and the Administration. The impact of these visits is already paying dividends with USDA Deputy Undersecretary Alexis Taylor specifically mentioning her meeting with cotton producers from Texas and in particular, young producer Jeremy Brown during a question about the cotton economy in her testimony to the House Agriculture Committee during an oversight hearing.

Beyond cultivating relationships and providing their valuable perspective about the importance of strong agriculture policy, the delegation focused on fair and positive implementation of the Farm Bill, worked to build the case for cotton assistance (via cottonseed designation or ginning assistance), and laid the groundwork for making important adjustments to the FSA guaranteed loan program, such as increasing available funds and raising the overall loan limits as well as looking for solutions to cut down on loan processing times.

Members also joined with other key allies for farm policy to host events for House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway, Ranking Member Collin Peterson, Texas Congressman Henry Cuellar and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

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Texas Senator and Majority Whip John Cornyn (right) speaks with Plains Cotton Growers Executive Director Steve Verett, Trevor White of Combest, Sell and Associates, and Texas Corn Producers Executive Director David Gibson.

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (center) pictured with SWCA representatives Jeremy Brown and Trey Miller, SWCA President Rickey Bearden, and SWCA Fellow Linsey Ogden.

SWCA President Rickey Bearden of Plains, TX is pictured here on the balcony of the House Agriculture Committee hearing room with the dome of the US Capitol in the background.

The SWCA delegation pictured here along with House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway and allies from the South Carolina Peach Council after a dinner event for Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

Representatives of the SWCA are pictured here with Farm Service Agency Administrator Val Dolcini and senior members of the FSA staff.