WHAT IS the SOUTHWEST COUNCIL OF AGRIBUSINESS?
The Southwest Council is an alliance of agricultural organizations, financial institutions, and businesses, established to actively advocate for strong agricultural policy, which is vital to the businesses and economy of the greater Southwest area including, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, New Mexico, and Colorado.
COMPRISED OF FARM, RANCH AND COMMUNITY BUSINESS LEADERS FROM ACROSS THE sOUTHWEST, THE COUNCIL SPEAKS WITH ONE, UNIFIED VOICE ON BEHALF OF ALL AGRICULTURE AND RURAL COMMUNITIES THROUGHOUT THE REGION. - rep. Mike Conaway (r-TX)
Former Chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture
To represent and promote broad-based agriculture and business interests and increase economic opportunity in the Southwest region of the U.S. both now and for the future through the pursuit of good and stable agricultural policy, through information sharing and the building of relationships and alliances within the area, and through the promotion of value-added agribusiness and other enterprises that capture more of the wealth created from our land, water and other natural resources for the people and communities of the region.
The idea behind the Southwest Council emerged from agricultural organizations encouraging businesses (lending institutions, implement dealers, auto dealers, etc.) to take a more active role in supporting producers through an alliance that would be an advocate for strong U.S. farm policy. Among those who gathered initially to form the Council, it was agreed that this should be a long-term effort focused on supporting policies that would be advantageous to the area's agricultural-based economy well into the future.
What makes SWCA different
What makes the SWCA different is the collaboration of business, community and farmer interest behind a common goal of promoting strong agricultural policy. This kind of coalition is rare and it makes an immediate and favorable impression on decision-makers who are seeking to do the will of their constituency.