COLLEGE STATION — Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Rick Perry, and a host of economists and policy experts have been invited to discuss impacts of the 1996 Farm Bill on Texas during a conference June 27-28 in Lubbock.
“The Farm Bill and Beyond: Implications for Texas Agriculture, Agribusiness, and Rural Communities” is hosted by the Texas Agricultural and Natural Resources Summit Initiative on June 27-28 at the Holiday Inn-Civic Center in Lubbock. It seeks to help producers understand the implications of the recent overhaul of federal farm policy and discern ways to adapt.
The new Farm Bill will require producers to make major adjustments to operate in a more market-driven system,” said conference program committee co-chair and Texas Farm Bureau president Bob Stallman. “By anticipating the impacts of the new farm program provisions, in part through conferences such as this, strategies can be developed to facilitate adjustments and reduce negative effects.”
The conference will provide a forum for the discussion of the issues and concerns posed by these changes. Conferees will participate in Strategic Development Groups organized by areas of interest (crops, livestock, lending, suppliers, rural communities, etc.) to recommend strategies and solutions to best manage these policy modifications.
Presentations during the conference will include:
Implications of the new Farm Bill: International and Domestic Market Expectations–Michael Helmar, Iowa State University; Robert Young, Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute, University of Missouri.
State and Farm Level Impacts on Crops, Dairy and Livestock–Ed Smith and Ron Knutson, Agricultural and Food Policy Center, Texas A&M University.
Implications of the New Farm Bill for Texas Agribusiness–John Penson, Agricultural and Food Policy Center, Texas A&M University; Richard Gady, ConAgra, Nebraska; and Kary Mathis, Texas Tech University.
Local Economic and Natural Resource Effects–Steve Murdock and Lonnie Jones, Texas A&M University.
According to Dr. Gene Nelson, program committee co-chair and head of the Texas A&M University department of agricultural economics, this gathering will provide a forum for discussion of critical issues affecting agriculture, agribusinesses, agricultural producers, lenders, environmental and natural resource stakeholders, and rural communities.
“A number of political, economic and weather factors have come together in recent months to make this a crucial time for agriculture,” Nelson said. “Our farming and rural communities’ ability to adjust will be crucial in retaining our standard of living and economic security. We must not be swept away by the forces of change.”
Sponsors for the conference include the Texas Agricultural and Natural Resources Summit Initiative, the Texas Agricultural Forum, the Agriculture Program of the Texas A&M University System, Texas Tech University and the V.G. Young Institute for County Government.
Three years ago, the Texas Agricultural and Natural Resources Summit Initiative was founded to identify and resolve the critical issues facing Texas agriculture by bringing together representatives from every sector to resolve these issues and concerns. Over the past three years, numerous smaller conferences have been held across the state to further expand the partnerships and dialogue among the stakeholders across the state.
The registration fee, which will be used to partially cover cost of the conference, will be $50 per person through June 13. After June 13 the registration fee will increase to $60 per person.
For more information or inquiries on how to register can be made to: Texas Agricultural and Natural Resources Summit Initiative, 113 Administration Building, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas 77843-2142. Phone inquiries can be made at (979) 845-8484.