The 2nd Annual Texas Commodity Symposium hosted by Corn Producers Association of Texas (CPAT), Texas Grain Sorghum Association (TGSA) and Texas Wheat Producers Association (TWPA) promises another exciting and educational agenda. This premier event has been jointly organized to provide producers and businessmen alike with essential agricultural information pertaining to more than one commodity.

The symposium will be held on Wednesday, December 4, in conjunction with the Amarillo Farm and Ranch Show at the Amarillo Civic Center. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Grand Plaza Room near the Buchanan Street entrance.

"Last years event was said to be 'one of its kind in Texas' and we are looking forward to continuing this successful program in the future," TWPA Executive Vice-President Rodney Mosier said.

Being a legislative year in Texas, state officials have been invited to highlight some key issues that will be debated and discussed in Austin. This will be an effective arena for producers and agricultural industry leaders to voice their ideas and concerns.

Speakers will include State Statistician Robin Roark, Representative David Swinford, Agriculture Policy Board Ad-Hoc Advisory Council Chairman Woody Anderson, Farm Service Agency Deputy Administrator for Farm Programs John Johnson, and Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Jim Moseley.

Roark will announce the upcoming 2002 Census of Agriculture. The Census of Agriculture is the leading source of statistics about the nation's agricultural production and the only source of consistent, comparable data at the county, state, and national levels. Census statistics are used by congress to develop and change farm programs, study historical trends, assess current conditions, and plan for the future.

Anderson will be delivering details on the Ad-Hoc Advisory Councils recommendations and strategies to be considered during the legislative session relating to animal health, ad valorem/state tax, environmental regulatory, water quality and quantity and public relations/grassroots efforts.

FSA is making strides in implementing the 2002 Farm Bill and Johnson will update us on all the latest issues regarding new programs and measures already underway.

"It is important that producers receive timely program information so they can make the best possible decisions for their businesses," Johnson said. "This includes informing producers of important programs and relevant sign-up dates."

As the deputy secretary of agriculture, Moseley oversees the day-to-day activities of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Prior to his appointment, Moseley was a farmer for 32 years and his operation specialized in grains. Moseley has played a key role in developing public policy for agriculture, the environment, and natural resources conservation at the state and national levels. As a keynote speaker for the Texas Commodity Symposium he will give insights to the latest topics impacting agriculture.

"We have put together an informative program this year and hope everyone will make plans to attend," CPAT Executive Vice-President David Gibson said. "This is a critical time for producers to hear the latest developments regarding issues that will be brought up during the 78th legislative session."

This symposium is free and will conclude with a catered lunch. For more information call 800-647-2676.

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